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Cadence tutorials


This tutorial section covers part of the CadenceĀ® SPB design environment. SPB stands for Silicon Package Board and is the name given to a complete schematic to PCB design flow, including electrical simulation. CadenceĀ® environment for PCB design is an assembly of software tools, each having a separate history.

For a majority of school projects, you'll need to get comfortable with only a few of these tools, namely:

  • Capture CIS is used to enter/edit electrical schematics. Schematics are entry point for several subsequent tasks such as simulation or PCB design

  • PSPICE AMS for analog/mixed simulation, and associated Advanced Analysis module, and the Model Editor

  • PCB Designer for printed circuit board development, and associated Padstack Editor



After completing these tutorials, you should be able to:

  • Edit electronic schematics
  • Create libraries to manage your own parts (devices), for component that are not included in Cadence libraries
  • Associate SPICE models from external sources to your own parts
  • Perform standard simulations of analog circuits based on usual analysis (BIAS, DC Sweep, TRAN, AC), including parametric analysis
  • Perform advanced analysis such as SENSITIVITY and MONTE-CARLO to evaluate the robustness of your schematic
  • Design PCB footprints
  • Design professional PCBs
  • Produce fabrication files for PCBs (GERBERS, DRILL)
  • Create 3D models of assembled boards for further mechanical integration

In short, a few things an electrical engineer is supposed to master when it comes to hardware design.


Tutorials have been updated and tested with the SPB 17.4 release (2021)