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美国Compology公司选择“OrCAD”助力技术提升

“Our design teamat Compology considers OrCAD as the industry standard and we wanted to step upfrom our free PCB software to a robust, professional PCB design package.”

- Ben Chehebar, Compology 联合创始人说。

背景介绍

美国Compology公司选择Cadence OrCAD系列产品,开发了一套完整的垃圾箱监控系统。这个监控系统帮助Compology公司远程实时监控他们所有的垃圾箱,准确地知道每一个垃圾箱什么时候满了,什么时候可以清空。每天根据实际需要安排清理垃圾箱的时间和次数,减少了空集装箱的运输次数和垃圾工的时间和金钱。

Design Challenge

• Multi-year battery life requirement

• Custom cellular communications andoptics

• Lower level control of the hardware

• Compatibility with external design team

 

The Solutions

Compology chose three tools from the OrCAD tool suite todevelop their PCB designs.

OrCAD Capture CIS®

OrCAD Capture CIS integrates the schematic design applicationwith the features of a component information system (CIS) to streamlineproduction and help users design more intelligently.

OrCAD Component Information Portal® (CIP)

The Component Information Portal offers Cadence OrCAD CaptureCIS users a comprehensive, “off-the-shelf” CIS management environment thatincludes distributor integration and a component library with a predefined setof fields.

OrCAD PCB Designer®

OrCAD PCB Designer is a tiered, scalable PCB design solutionthat delivers advanced capabilities and highly integrated flows. The powerful,tightly integrated PCB design technologies include schematic capture, librariantools, editing and routing, Constraint Manager, and optional mixed-signalcircuit simulation.

OrCAD Benefits for Compology

Compology had been using an outside product development teamthat was proficient with OrCAD and already had some libraries built out thatwould shorten the development time. Using OrCAD also meant that designs couldbe transferred back and forth with their development partner without anyredesign or translation required.


“One of the biggest improvements we have seen in the design process is better control over the BOM by using CIP,” said Jay Longson, lead electrical engineer at Compology.

OrCAD Capture CIS and OrCAD CIP together allow Compology to manage their component information in a relational database, allowing all Compology engineers to work from the same data that is easy to sort and search. The base component set provides 5,000 commonly used components.

When new components are required for the design, OrCAD CIP offers the ability to search multiple distributor databases for components that meet the new requirements. This is not only a quick way to find components, but it automatically copies all component information, such as parametric data, cost information, datasheet, and so on. This is not only a time saver for Compology, but it eliminates data entry and cut/paste errors.

As new components are added, they go through a well-defined process ensuring that all components are approved and contain all data necessary for purchasing and manufacturing. That means when the project design is complete, Compology engineers can create a BOM that pulls all required purchasing and manufacturing information from the database. This push-button operation saves Compology time and reduces errors that might otherwise occur at the end of the design process where they are very difficult and expensive to fix.

“Other useful features are those centered around design reuse. In particular, the place and replicate feature and exporting compo-nents from one design to another,” added Longson.

One capability of particular interest to Compology is OrCAD PCB Editor’s place and replicate feature. This allows a PCB designer to copy a portion of already placed, routed, and tested work and replicate it in the current design. It’s another example of how Compology uses OrCAD to get their design work done faster.

Because OrCAD is so widely used, Compology has found a number of sources, including YouTube, to help with software questions. Additionally, EMA provides phone support as a part of product maintenance, so Compology was able to resolve early issues and get up to speed quickly allowing them to focus on their design rather than the tools.



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