EMA Introduces Team Design Capability for OrCAD

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Brings Collaboration, Visibility/Traceability, and Revision Control to Cadence® OrCAD® Capture

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Our engineers saw first-hand the challenges design teams were facing when trying to work collaboratively on schematic projects using traditional methods like shared drives and email threads. We decided there had to be a better way.

EMA Design Automation (ema-eda.com), one of the world’s largest Electronic Design Automation Value Added Resellers (VARs), today announced Team Design for OrCAD facilitating schematic design in a team environment. “Our engineers saw first-hand the challenges design teams were facing when trying to work collaboratively on schematic projects using traditional methods like shared drives and email threads. We decided there had to be a better way,” said Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA. “Team Design for OrCAD is the result, providing a truly collaborative and flexible management system for design teams.”

Integrated directly inside the OrCAD Capture interface, Team Design for OrCAD allows engineers to easily view a full history of all current and previous projects. Project leads can define users and their roles, controlling design responsibilities as well as access rights to specific pages and functional blocks. Once added to a project, design team members are able to view project status, add new pages, download existing page(s) for editing, and upload any changes back into the system.

One of the biggest challenges design teams face is making sure engineers are always working on the latest version of the schematic page or project. Team Design for OrCAD solves this problem with automated page locking upon download. Page locking prevents edit collisions, while keeping other project members informed of the page’s status, including who is currently editing it. Once the user uploads the pages back into Team Design for OrCAD, the lock is removed and those pages are again open for editing by authorized users.

When uploading changes, an engineer is able to enter notes describing the modifications made, ensuring a full audit trail including timestamps and details of all updates made to the project. Along with upload notes, Team Design for OrCAD maintains all past page revisions, allowing a team to rollback changes easily. This is very useful when an engineer wants to explore different design possibilities without fear of losing earlier proven versions.

A key feature of Team Design for OrCAD is that it doesn’t change the current use model for the individual OrCAD Capture user. Team Design for OrCAD captures the details and history of the design, and allows collaborative activity. Once a team member gets their pages for editing, they are able to use all of the standard OrCAD functionality as usual. This means adopting Team Design for OrCAD will require virtually no learning curve.

Since EMA’s customers span a wide range, from small design shops to billion dollar multi-national corporations, Team Design for OrCAD was architected from the start to scale seamlessly and provide value to small and large customers alike. Whether it is a small group of engineers working in the same office just trying to get a handle on their design data or enterprises with geographically dispersed offices and overseas design partners, Team Design for OrCAD is easily adopted providing immediate productivity gains.

For more information about EMA and the new Team Design for OrCAD, visit EMA at ema-eda.com/TeamDesign or call 800-813-7494.

About EMA Design Automation, Inc.
EMA Design Automation is a value added innovator offering a complete range of electrical and mechanical CAD tools, product lifecycle management systems, services, training, and technical support. EMA is a Cadence® Channel Partner serving all of North America, an Autodesk Authorized Value Added Reseller, and is an Authorized North American Distributor of Aldec® Active-HDL™. EMA manufactures the Component Information Portal™ (CIP), TimingDesigner®, and CircuitSpace, and all are distributed through a worldwide network of value added resellers. EMA is a privately held corporation headquartered in Rochester, New York. Visit EMA at ema-eda.com for more information.

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EMA Design Automation and Component Information Portal are trademarks, and TimingDesigner and CircuitSpace are registered trademarks of EMA Design Automation, Inc. Autodesk and ATC are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Cadence and OrCAD are registered trademarks of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Aldec and Active-HDL are registered trademarks of Aldec, Inc. All other trademarks in this release are the property of their respective owners.

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