Cadence Offesr Free Activeparts Online Database for Orcad Customers

5/26/2004 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CDN) announced the availability of its ActiveParts Online Database at no charge to all existing OrCAD® Capture® CIS customers. ActiveParts includes access to over two million parts, most of which include OrCAD Capture symbols. This significantly expanded access to parts provides users with a whole new level of design flexibility by allowing them to search online with ActiveParts rather than being limited to a local database for new parts.

"ActiveParts will be a huge time saver for us," said Bonneville Minott, circuit design/quality assurance manager, Regional Technology Support Center at Epson Canada Limited. "We typically spend many hours searching manufacturers' Web sites and databooks for new parts for a design. With ActiveParts, not only can we search in one place, but the parts are immediately ready for placement into our design. Many of the parts even have OrCAD Layout® footprints, allowing these parts to go straight to board layout."

The inclusion of ActiveParts is another example of the on-going commitment Cadence continues for the OrCAD product line. OrCAD Capture CIS is a proven schematic capture tool and front end for a number of design flows. With ActiveParts as part of the design flow, engineers can quickly find the parts they need, along with critical information about these parts, in much less time. Unlike typical static databases, ActiveParts is an online resource with over 100,000 new parts just recently added to the library, allowing users to see the most current information available.

"Engineers can often spend a lot of time searching for the appropriate parts for their design," said Charlie Giorgetti, corporate vice president and general manager of the silicon-package-board business unit at Cadence. "And after they find the right part, they still need to create the symbols and get them onto the schematic. With ActiveParts, searching is simple, datasheets are just a click away, and getting the parts onto their schematic is as easy as drag and drop."

ActiveParts offers several methods for part searches, and many of the parts also include parametric data, allowing more complex searches based on specific needs. ActiveParts is fully integrated into the OrCAD Capture CIS system, and the ActiveParts window is completely HTML based, making basic operation easy for all users. OrCAD Capture CIS works with a local parts database that can tie into a company's material requirements planning system, allowing customers to maintain company part numbers, availability, pricing and other company-specific information. Engineers can then select parts from the extensive online database and automatically bring them into their local database. If they work off of a company approved parts list, these parts can be automatically added to a queue for approval. OrCAD Capture CIS will flag any parts that have not yet been approved, ensuring that parts only come from an approved parts list.

ActiveParts is available now and is free to anyone with an OrCAD Capture CIS maintenance contract. Existing OrCAD Capture and Unison users can add the ActiveParts capability by upgrading to Capture CIS - details of these upgrades are available from their local OrCAD Value Added Reseller (

About Cadence
Cadence is the largest supplier of electronic design technologies, methodology services, and design services. Cadence solutions are used to accelerate and manage the design of semiconductors, computer systems, networking and telecommunications equipment, consumer electronics, and a variety of other electronics-based products. With approximately 4,800 employees and 2003 revenues of approximately $1.1 billion, Cadence has sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CDN. More information about the company, its products and services is available at

Cadence, OrCAD, ActiveParts, OrCAD Capture, and OrCAD Layout are registered trademarks of Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

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