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Training includes introduction to OrCAD Capture with specific instructions for PSpice Users, such as using the project window to create hierarchies, creating and viewing PSpice simulation net lists, and sub-circuit model net lists.

PSpice Results Waveforms

PSpice results window, showing waveforms from the simulation. Training includes displaying waveforms, making manual and automatic measurements, waveform math, saving display settings, viewing advanced simulation calculations.

Interface Technologies’ PSpice Training helps users maximize the benefits of using PSpice. Benefits include the following:

  • Minimize the time to learn PSpice and Schematic Capture
  • Hands-on, interactive training experience solidifies concepts
  • Highlight and explain commonly used product features
  • Explanation of menus and control options
  • Includes a simulation methodology that provides predictable, successful results
  • Provide a learning experience that amplifies the benefits of using simulation software

Introduction to PSpice A/D with OrCAD Capture (or Design Entry)


  • Schematic Capture for PSpice A/D Simulation
  • Overview of menus, icons
  • Overview of PSpice analysis
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • DC operating point
  • Flat Designs
  • AC sweep
  • Hierarchical Designs
  • Transient Analysis
  • Creating a Hierarchical Block
  • Waveform displays
  • Connecting Hierarchy layers with Ports
  • Automatic measurements
  • Navigating through hierarchy
  • Parametric Sweeping
  • Symbol Libraries
  • Monte Carlo
  • Various methods of creating new symbols
  • Worst Case Analysis
  • Creating libraries of user defined symbols
  • Digital Simulation
  • Downloading models from the Internet
  • Mixed Signal Simulation
  • Attaching symbols to simulation models
  • Simulation Libraries
  • Installing downloaded models into PSpice
  • Understanding Spice Models
  • Creating new parameters for existing models
  • Creating new models

Class Format

The classes are a mix of Presentation and hands-on labs. The labs use small circuits, and a demo version of the software is provided for each student. If you already have a full version of the software on your computer, it is possible to load both copies (demo and full version), they don’t interact. I can provide the demo software before the class, if you’d like to preinstall it on the students’ computers.

The typical Introduction to PSpice and Schematic Entry follows this schedule:

Day 1

  • Schematic Capture for Analog use… drawing a schematic, flat and hierarchical schematics
    • LAB: Flat and Hierarchical Schematic example
  • PSpice overview: Simulation types, Single and Multirun
    • LAB: DC, AC sweep, Transient, Sources “do’s and don’t’s”, using the scope and making measurements, waveform display tools
  • Multirun analysis presentations and labs:
    • Parameter sweeping
    • Tolerance Analysis
      • Monte Carlo
      • Sensitivity/Worst Case

Day 2

  • Completion of Multirun labs, if necessary
  • Spice presentation: how it works, Simulation  options, convergence issues and solutions
  • Models: Intrinsic and Subcircuit models, Library structure, Adding your own models
    • LAB: Installation of a downloaded model, Generating a model using the model editor, building a subcircuit model from a schematic
  • Analog Behavioral Models presentation and lab
  • Transformer models and lab
  • Analog/digital simulation capabilities overview and lab
  • Getting your data in and out of PSpice for documentation purposes
  • Review, Q and A

Onsite Classes

The standard class is 2 days long. We cover all of the material that OrCAD covers in 3 days, and more (according to our customers that have taken both classes).

There is an optional 3rd/4th day, which has a flexible format. We have a selection of material that we generated by customer request over the years. Once the introductory 2 day class is given, we can custom configure modules from the list below and present them to your engineers. The material extends the training from the Introduction class, and assumes that the students already grasp the fundamentals of the software. The length of time required to present the materials and do the labs varies by subject, and it’s best to have  a phone discussion to determine what the proper amount of time is required to cover the desired subjects.

Popular Subject matter for optional 3rd/4rth day Content

  • Hands-on Customer Application Students bring one or two projects that they are working on. Parts of the design will be entered, simulated, and analyzed. As problems or issues arise, the instructor will provide assistance related to modeling, spice problems, and the most productive approach to using simulation as a tool to assist the student.
  • Power Supply Modeling and Simulation Many users of PSpice are doing Power Supply Design. This extra day is devoted to issues and techniques of using PSpice for the design of power supplies. Some of the subjects included are PWM controller models, Transformer modeling, overcoming convergence errors, and how to use some of the more advanced simulator options to maximize the amount of results generated. Example topologies are provided for a hands-on lab, with ready to simulate designs.
  • Introduction to Modeling In one day, we cover approaches to adding parasitics to you passive components, assigning tolerances, assymetrical and user definable tolerance distributions, temperature effects, modeling transformers, generating a custom user library with symbols, and applying these techniques to your designs.
  • Any of the subjects listed on the PSpice Master’s Class page

PSpice Training 2017 Schedule: US Locations

SubjectClass DatesLocation
Introduction to PSpice and OrCAD CaptureJan 23-24 2017Chicago Area, IL
Introduction to PSpice and OrCAD CaptureFeb 27-28 2017Phoenix AZ area
Introduction to PSpice and OrCAD CaptureMar 13-14 2017Los Angeles area
Introduction to PSpice and OrCAD CaptureApr 3-4 2017Austin TX area
Introduction to PSpice and OrCAD CaptureMay 16-17 2017Denver CO area
Introduction to PSpice and OrCAD CaptureJun 14-15 2017Atlanta GA area
Introduction to PSpice and OrCAD CaptureJul 11-12 2017Chicago IL Area
Introduction to PSpice and OrCAD CaptureAug 23-24 2017Seattle WA area
Introduction to PSpice and OrCAD CaptureSep 12-13 2017Albuquerque NM
Introduction to PSpice and OrCAD CaptureOct 18-19 2017Boston MA area
Introduction to PSpice and OrCAD CaptureNov 8-9 2017Portland OR
Introduction to PSpice and OrCAD CaptureDec 13-14 2017Phoenix AZ

Classes are held monthly throughout the United States. The cost for the two day Introduction to PSpice with OrCad Capture class is $1795/student, and includes the two days of training, lunch each day, an evaluation copy of the PSpice software, and a certificate of achievement.

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