EMA Design Automation announced release 2.0 of Team Design for OrCAD. "Many of our customers design their electronics with a team of engineers, but too much time is devoted to coordination rather than designing," said Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA. "This release of Team Design for OrCAD gives these teams a new level of management and control over the design process to increase team efficiency and reduce time-consuming errors."
Team Design for OrCAD 2.0 now supports a hierarchical design methodology. A manager or team leader has the ability to assign functional blocks to different team members for concurrent design. Individual engineers can work on their portion of the design independently from others on the team, yet they retain read-only access to the rest of the design. As changes are uploaded back to the master design, a full history of changes is maintained so that reasons for changes are documented, and any portion of the master design can be rolled back to a previous version.
The product can now manage an OrCAD symbol library in much the same was as it manages a design, the company says. Individual symbols or a group of symbols can be extracted and assigned to a team member. After changes are made, the symbols can be promoted individually or in bulk to a central library location. As with design changes, library changes and change history is maintained allowing traceability and rollback in the future.
"We also recently expanded the capabilities of EMA's EDABuilder to now include symbol, footprint, and STEP model output," Marcano said. "With these advancements and those in Team Design, we have created a very comprehensive and highly productive environment for design engineers."
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