November 13, 2008 -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. has unveiled its new ActiveParts Portal, an expansion of its ActiveParts online component data solution, that will offer PCB design teams even greater access to key component information. As part of the new ActiveParts Portal, Cadence is teaming with SupplyFrame, Inc., to provide engineers with new choices and even greater access to the component information they need to create their designs. In addition, Cadence announced new productivity-boosting technology and enhancements for the Cadence OrCAD Capture CIS and Allegro Design Entry CIS products.
Technology and enhancements introduced for the OrCAD Capture CIS and Allegro Design Entry CIS products include a new capability called Context-aware Non-Linear Graphic Editing. The capability is a new schematic editing technology for dense designs that provides a magnifying auto-zoom between focus points during editing operations. This auto-zoom capability increases productivity by dynamically magnifying the area under the cursor as the user moves within the canvas. The latest OrCAD release, version 16.2, contains several other ease of use and productivity enhancements within the OrCAD Capture CIS and PSpice A/D products.
The Cadence ActiveParts online database allows design engineers to find component information and directly incorporate symbols and data into the OrCAD Capture CIS and Allegro Design Entry CIS products. By collaborating with SupplyFrame as the first portal member, the ActiveParts Portal provides engineers with additional component information from a greater number of suppliers, significantly expanding the availability of component data and part information for engineers.
"Our goal is to help developers make fast and accurate design decisions by providing critical information directly from the component manufacturer at the time it is needed," said Jeff Curie, Vice President of Marketing at SupplyFrame. "This collaboration delivers the latest symbols, datasheets, specs and information on availability from thousands of manufacturers instantly from within the Cadence PCB design environment at no additional cost."
OrCAD Capture boasts productivity and usability improvements including an updated GUI and enhanced search capabilities enabling users to work more efficiently; further shortening the design cycle. New FPGA design-in features include the ability to create split symbols, import and export FPGA pin assignments for leading FPGA vendors tools, and ease-of-use improvements for supporting the ECO process for FPGAs.
Go to the Cadence Design Systems, Inc. website to find additional information.