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PCB Clustering for OrCAD

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Accelerate the Component Placement Process As designs become more complex and project timelines more compressed, it's important to identify opportunities to enhance design processes. PCB Clustering TM for OrCAD ® provides AutoClustering TM technology, intelligent design (IP) reuse, and replication technology that can significantly reduce board placement time. Component placement has typically been a manual and tedious process, accounting for a significant portion of the design cycle. Engineering teams have struggled through these long placement cycles due to the impact correct placement can have on routability, signal quality, and overall design closure. PCB Clustering for OrCAD enables a more efficient and effective PCB layout and placement process through intelligent clustering, replication, and reuse technologies. With PCB Clustering designers can deliver higher quality results than a manual approach in a fraction of the time. Seamless Integration with Cadence Technologies PCB Clustering for OrCAD resides directly in the OrCAD PCB Editor canvas. Once installed, a new menu item enabling access to the PCB Clustering technology is available through the OrCAD user interface. As you use PCB Clustering, all changes can be automatically applied to the OrCAD PCB Editor database. This avoids any translation or synchronization issues that can occur when using separate programs. Auto-Clustering Related components are typically grouped together in the schematic. PCB Clustering can leverage this information to auto- generate tiled placement clusters. These clusters can be based on hierarchy, pages, reference designator prefixes/suffixes and/or ROOM properties defined in your schematic. This allows designers to get a quick logical grouping in the physical realm, enabling faster placement. Automatically Replicate Cluster Configuration Once you have defined your clusters, PCB Clustering can automatically replicate that configuration using its matching algorithm by finding other like circuits in your design. This innovative bottom-up approach allows for partial match configu- rations and works regardless of component orientation. This greatly speeds up the completion of boards with replicated circuitry or channels. The user need only define a circuit once and PCB Clustering will apply that definition to all relevant matches. Highlights • Create functional groups of components based on design information • Cross-Probe between PDF schematic and OrCAD PCB Editor • Create multiple replicas of a source cluster's net topology • Propagate cluster membership, placement and shape changes to specified clusters • Save a design checkpoint at any time and compare it against other checkpoints • Create a cluster from a specified group of components • Create templates containing a cluster's membership, net topology, and placement information • Propagate cluster reference designator text locations to target clusters • Reuse design templates in new or legacy designs • Perform early 'what-if' spatial analysis using generic circuit templates PCB Clustering for OrCAD Enhanced clustering, placement and design reuse technology

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