Team Design for OrCAD gets hierarchy and library support



EMA, a full-service provider of electrical and mechanical CAD tools, is announcing release 2.0 of Team Design for OrCAD®. "Many of our customers design their electronics with a team of engineers, but too much time is devoted to coordination rather than designing," said Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA. "This release of Team Design for OrCAD gives these teams a new level of management and control over the design process to increase team efficiency and reduce time-consuming errors." Team Design for OrCAD is built into OrCAD Capture Team Design for OrCAD 2.0 now supports a hierarchical design methodology. This design process is often used for top-down design. A manager or team leader has the ability to assign functional blocks to different team members for concurrent design. Individual engineers can work on their portion of the design independently from others on the team, yet they retain read-only access to the rest of the design. As changes are uploaded back to the master design, a full history of changes is maintained so that reasons for changes are documented, and any portion of the master design can be rolled back to a previous version. Another challenge for teams is managing their symbol libraries and keeping track of changes. Team Design for OrCAD can now manage an OrCAD symbol library in much the same was as it manages a design. Individual symbols or a group of symbols can be extracted and assigned to a team member. After changes are made, the symbols can be promoted individually or in bulk to a central library location. As with design changes, library changes and change history is maintained allowing traceability and rollback in the future. "Team Design for OrCAD is built right into OrCAD Capture, so users should be able to start using it quickly with a very short learning curve," said Josh Moore, director product marketing, Cadence OrCAD Solutions. "In today's world of shortened design times, the productivity gains and quick start-up capability will be a welcome addition to any OrCAD design team." "We also recently expanded the capabilities of EMA's EDABuilder to now include symbol, footprint, and STEP model output," added Marcano. "With these advancements and those in Team Design, we have created a very comprehensive and highly productive environment for design engineers." EMA