Start with OrCAD and Cadence Allegro

Learn by designing a simple board. Step-by-Step tutorial.
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You will learn everything essential needed to start working with OrCAD and Allegro
After this course you will design a board
You will understand the complete workflow to design a board in Cadence software
You will know how to draw schematic, create schematic symbols and footprints, route PCB and generate outputs for manufacturing


  • You will need access to OrCAD and Allegro Cadence software


Cadence software is one of the most popular and frequently used CAD software for schematic design (OrCAD) and PCB Layout (Allegro). If you are planning to become a professional hardware design engineer, if you are moving to OrCAD & Allegro from different software or if you have never designed any board before and you would like to learn it, this course will help you.

Go through complete design process of a simple board and learn

- Draw schematic
- Create schematic symbol, pads and footprint libraries
- Route your PCB and do layout
- Generate the essential documents needed to manufacture a board

Goal of this course

The main goal of this course is to go through a complete board design process (Schematic + Libraries + PCB + Documentation), and this way to show, demonstrate and practice all the essential OrCAD and Allegro features which are also used to create more complex and advanced boards.

Content and Overview

You will start with creating schematic symbols. After all symbols are finished, you will learn how to draw schematic, modify it, how to update your schematic symbol library and how to create footprints. You will learn how to transfer your schematic into PCB, how to do layout and by the end of the course you will generate all the essential manufacturing documents.

In this course you will learn how to:

- Draw schematic, update schematic and annotate schematic
- Create components, draw schematic symbols and footprints
- Place components into your PCB
- Route a simple PCB
- Create a 3D model of your board
- Generate Bill of Material (BOM)
- Create assembly drawings showing position of components on the board
- Generate Gerber files, Pick and Place, Drill file and other files needed for manufacturing

Who this course is for:

  • For everyone who would like to start with OrCAD and Allegro


Motherboard designer, Youtuber, Lecturer
Robert Feranec
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 6,409 Reviews
  • 45,670 Students
  • 5 Courses

Robert has designed motherboards based on Intel, AMD, VIA processors. His Youtube hardware design videos have over 7 million views. Robert also teaches Schematic Design and PCB Layout at FEDEVEL Academy.

Other Robert's courses
- Advanced PCB Layout (includes high speed layout)
- Advanced Hardware Design (Schematic & PCB Design Course)
- Learn Altium Essentials (Switching Power Supply Design Course)
- Learn the Essentials of creating uBoot, Linux and YOCTO
- Learn OrCAD & Allegro Essentials

Open Source Hardware Development
All Robert's courses are based on real projects. This way, everyone has an opportunity to practice and learn on real boards. Robert has lead and supported development of several Open Source boards used in his courses:
- 28Pins: Based on Arduino Project
- iMX6Rex: Boards based on iMX6 1.2GHz ARM CPU
- OpenRexKit: Education kit to learn programming and electronics

Robert has skills and experience in following areas (10+ years)
- electronic product hardware development (from idea to product)
- schematic design & PCB layout (including high speed design)
- hardware debugging, assembling, verification and testing
- processor and microcontroller board design (x86, MIPS, ARM …) based on Intel, VIA, AMD, Texas Instruments, Freescale, NXP, Qualcomm, Atmel, Microchip, ST ... including Linux and Windows CE compilation, driver modification, microcontroller firmware programming
- interfaces and peripherals: DDR3, DDR2, DDR, FSB, PCI Express, Gb Ethernet, SATA, PCI, ITP, GSM, GPS, CF, PCMCIA, IDE, ISA, LVDS, SDVO, RGB, Composite TV, VGA, HDMI USB, SD, PS2 Keyboard, Mouse, Audio, Touchscreen, JTAG, RS485, CAN, RS232, SPI, I2C, ISDN, PSTN, WiFi, miniPCI, PCIE minicards, COM Express, ZigBee, CPLD, FPGA designs (Xilinx, Altera ...)
- Software: Altium Designer, Cadence Allegro (Orcad, Spectra ...), PADS, Microsoft Visual C++, Delphi, Xilinx ISE, ispLEVER, AVR Studio ...
- programming languages C/C++, VHDL, ABEL, Assemblers, Html, Perl, PHP ...
- design for mass production / cost effective solutions
- EMC design, testing and measurement

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