EACE- the Electronics & Communication Engineering Association of AISAT organised a three day workshop on OrCAD for the third semester ECE students from 12th July 2013 to 14th July 2013.
OrCAD is a proprietary software tool suite used primarily for electronic design automation. The name OrCAD is a portmanteau, reflecting the company and its software’s origins: ‘Oregon + CAD’. The software is used mainly to create electronic schematics and electronic prints for manufacturing printed circuit boards.
The workshop was handled by an expert team from Quest innovative solutions, Cochin. The OrCAD workshop provided both lecture and hands-on learning. The first day of the workshop focussed on the basic OrCAD design flow, OrCAD capture GUI, and part creation followed by the hands-on design of simple circuits in OrCAD capture.
The second day concentrated on simulation using PSpice. Cadence Pspice is a full-featured, analog and mixed-signal circuit simulator with advanced tools that help the designers to improve yield, and reliability of their designs. Its built-in mathematical functions and behavioural modelling techniques enable fast and accurate simulation of designs with efficient debugging.
The final day of the workshop had a detailed session on PCB footprint creation with OrCAD and PCB design. The hands-on design concluded the workshop, with the PCB layout design of the circuit.
Thus this three day interactive workshop provided the students an exposure to the most popular electronic design automation software. The training that they acquired from this workshop will aid them in their mini projects as well as major projects. Such trainings will make them industry-competent and thus ensuring the quality of students at AISAT.