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OrCAD Capture CIS integrates the schematic design application with the features of a component information system (CIS) to streamline production, and help Capture users design more intelligently.

Cadence® OrCAD® Capture CIS integrates the features of a component information system with Cadence schematic capture technology. Capture CIS includes the proven, industry-standard schematic entry tools in OrCAD Capture and an advanced component information system that is accessed directly in the Capture interface. CIS gives designers important component information at their fingertips which helps them to reduce production delays and cost overruns through efficient management of components. CIS also augments the time savings of a highly efficient schematic entry tool by reducing the time spent searching for existing parts to reuse, manually entering part information content, and maintaining component data.

CIS can be enhanced even further with the Component Information Portal™ (CIP). CIP is a comprehensive, “off-the-shelf” CIS management environment that includes a component library with a per-defined set of fields to help take the guesswork out of defining a database schema. This allows for immediate and effective use of the CIS.


  • Integrates with a robust component information system (CIS) to promote reuse of preferred, current parts
  • Accelerates the design process and lowers project costs
  • Reduces time spent researching parts
  • Enables intelligent component selection with access to MRP, ERP, and PLM data
  • Powerful design variants capability to support multiple design configurations and bills of materials (BOMs) in a single design

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The Component Information Portal offers Cadence OrCAD Capture CIS users a comprehensive, “off-the-shelf” CIS management environment that includes distributor integration and a component library with a pre-defined set of fields.

The distributor integration provided by the Component Information Portal (CIP) allows OrCAD Capture CIS users to build fully downloadable component content for millions of orderable parts into their existing database. The CIP includes a starter database of over 5,000 components. Each starter database comes complete with symbols and footprints, as a foundation for the successful implementation of CIS. It also provides a predefined database schema to help encourage consistent practices and build a component library that includes complete part data.

CIP also includes a web-based interface that enables non-OrCAD Capture CIS users, like those in documentation, library development, and purchasing, to have access to the parts database behind OrCAD Capture CIS without using native software. This means more people in the development team, and other supporting teams all have access to the same critical information. This saves time in communication and cuts costs in several ways, such as allowing purchasing to encourage the use of cost effective parts.


  • Populate your CIS database directly from the real-time online distributor part databases
  • Engineers can search and select distributor parametric data within OrCAD Capture CIS
  • CIP is equipped with a CIS database which includes a foundation library of components, complete with symbols and footprints
  • Purchasing, librarians and other non-EE individuals can view component information stored within the CIS database through a user friendly web-based interface
  • Administer database privileges based on administrative responsibilities
  • Capture and update part cost and quantity on hand information at any given time
  • CIP includes an “off-the-shelf” CIS management environment with a pre-defined set of fields
  • Remote database accessibility

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