Cadence Unveils Next-Generation AI-Driven OrCAD X

Cadence OnCloud integration enables data management and collaboration, augmented with an easy-to-use new layout canvas, increases designer productivity.

Cadence OnCloud integration enables data management and collaboration, augmented with an easy-to-use new layout canvas, increases designer productivity.

OrCAD X. Image courtesy of Cadence.


Cadence Design Systems, Inc. unveils the new Cadence OrCAD X Platform, a cloud-enabled system design solution that offers transformative improvements in ease of use, performance, automation and collaboration. The new OrCAD X Platform streamlines the system design process and empowers designers through cloud scalability and AI-powered placement automation technology.

With higher productivity enabled by cloud-connected capabilities—including data management, collaborative layout design and a new easy-to-use layout environment optimized for small and medium businesses—this next-generation platform includes everything in the OrCAD platform. Supercharged with layout productivity improvements based on the Cadence Allegro X Platform, it provides complete backward data compatibility with OrCAD and Allegro technologies.

The new OrCAD X platform provides the following benefits:

  • Cloud-enabled: Improves productivity with real-time access to data management via the Cadence OnCloud Platform. Data storage and management through a cloud login enables a hybrid work environment across the desktop and the cloud, reducing infrastructure costs for the user.
  • Ease of use: Optimized for small and medium businesses, the OrCAD X platform offers a new, easy-to-learn and easy-to-use PCB layout canvas while retaining the power of engines. New cloud-based licensing options are available as well as many user-experience enhancements from installation through design. 
  • Faster turnaround time: Enriched electrical constraints, performance improvements and integration with the broader Cadence system design and analysis portfolio enable faster time to market.
  • Collaboration: Cloud-hosted collaboration allows multiple designers to work concurrently on the same layout design.

The OrCAD X platform can access automated placement through the Allegro X AI system, which enables placement time reduction from days to minutes. Users can achieve these placement time reductions while simultaneously addressing signal integrity, power integrity and thermal design effects during placement, routing of critical signals and the generation of power planes.

“Cadence is committed to delivering optimal system design solutions that incorporate the power of generative AI and the cloud to enable the fastest turnaround times,” says Michael Jackson, corporate vice president of R&D in the Custom IC & PCB Group at Cadence. “The new OrCAD X platform will have a transformative impact, offering customers greater productivity through ease of use, cloud-enabled data management, AI-powered automation, improved engine performance and integration with Cadence’s system design and analysis product portfolio.”

The AI-based OrCAD X platform supports Cadence’s Intelligent System Design™ strategy, which enables customers to accelerate system innovation. Customers can learn more by visiting https://www5.cadence.com/orcad-x.html.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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