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Compare OrCAD X® vs. Autodesk® Fusion 360

OrCAD has been at the forefront of the electronics design industry for decades and is recognized for its reliability and availability.

The OrCAD X design platform is the latest generation of Cadence tools. With extensive functionality, cloud-based collaboration, and an intuitive and unified interface, OrCAD X helps designers create complex electronic systems with an innovative and intuitive processor.

The platform offers the widest range of features on the market and, in its latest generation, provides a groundbreaking intuitive user experience that makes it easy for experienced users and beginners alike.

A Cadence solution supports all design challenges such as signal integrity, power integrity, RF design, 2D and 3D extraction and CFD analysis.

Fusion 360 (formerly Autodesk EAGLE) stands out with its integration of design tools and user-centered interface.

This platform is appropriate for those seeking ease of use, making it an excellent choice for both ambitious hobbyists and experienced engineers.

Fusion 360 is not just a software, but a complete ecosystem that supports collaboration across disciplines.

Compare OrCAD X® PCB vs. Autodesk® Fusion 360

Schematic Capture
We provide
OrCAD X PCB
Fusion 360
Hierarchical schematic capture with integrated analog mixed-signal simulation
Built-in SPICE simulator with model library and PSpice migration support
Variant management tools for complex projects
Exclusive to OrCAD
Use of encrypted simulation models (PSpice)
Exclusive to OrCAD
Integrated pre-layout signal integrity analysis
PCB Layout
OrCAD X PCB
Fusion 360
High speed design and rigid-flex design features features included in standard license
Rule-driven design for modern PCBs (HDI, Rigid-flex, and Multiboard)
Advanced interactive routing capabilities with built-in signal integrity tools
Online 3D clearance check in 2D and 3D canvas
(Check for boxes, frames, outlines, etc.)
Photorealistic 3D view with real-time clearance check
Exclusive to OrCAD
Integrated impedance and coupling analysis
Exclusive to OrCAD
Fast and dynamic updating of copper during placement and routing
Visual DC power distribution analysis in PCB layout
Library Management
OrCAD X PCB
Fusion 360
Built-in BOM management
United libraries of symbols, footprints, simulation models and dealer links
Lifecycle management, validation in design, templates and where-used for libraries
Manufacturing
OrCAD X PCB
Fusion 360
Built-in tools for generating manufacturing and assembly drawings
Intuitive interface for creating manufacturing output
Quickly generate ECOs, reports and documentation
Share and view Gerber files, ODB++ files and assembly steps in a browser
Product design
OrCAD X PCB
Fusion 360
Intuitive rule management with Unified Constraint Manager on both schematic and PCB
Multi-board 3D product view
Multi-board mechanical integration for SOLIDWORKS® 2020, 2021 and 2022
Cloud service
OrCAD X PCB
Fusion 360
Version control, templates and component libraries in the cloud
Built-in task management and annotation for design files and BOMs
Simultaneous PCB team design internally and externally
Exclusive to OrCAD
Intuitive collaboration internally and externally via workgroups
Platform integrations
OrCAD X PCB
Fusion 360
Advanced integration with SOLIDWORKS® for MCAD component placement, copper geometry, cabinet exchange and multi-board/rigid-flex synchronization
PLM integration with XPLM, Arena® PLM, PTC Windchill, Aras PLM, Oracle Agile PLM and Teamcenter®
Supplementary service
Exclusive to Nordcad
PLM integration to Highstage PLM
Multiple import tools for converting files from other ECAD platforms
Workflows
OrCAD X PCB
Fusion 360
Managed workflows for part requests, design reviews, project creation/release and lifecycle management
Change notifications and conflict prevention in design documents
Centralized control over design environments, document templates and output files for each team member
Company and project profiles
OrCAD X PCB
Fusion 360
Ideal for new designers
Ideal for experienced designers
Simple designs
Mid-level designs
Complex designs
Exclusive to OrCAD
Access to SI, PI, RF and CFD
Suitable for startups
Suitable for SMEs
Suitable for enterprise
Maintenance and support
OrCAD X PCB
Fusion 360
Backwards compatible with files from all previous releases
Monthly software updates
On-demand training courses, knowledge base and community forums
Exclusive to Nordcad
Hotline support
Chat and email support
Platforms
OrCAD X PCB
Fusion 360
Windows 10 or newer
MacOS 10.15 or newer
Linux
Only license server
Licenses
OrCAD X PCB
Fusion 360
Time-based abonnement
Perpetual license options
More subscription options
Meet a client

There will always be religious questions about tool selection.

The shift from many different tools to one unified platform was the start of a long collaboration with Nordcad. We quickly realized that there were many low-hanging fruits we could pick to get a flatter process.

Nordcad has also helped us automate the output so that we get the same output every time. They have been responsive to our requests, very good at delivering and asking counter questions to challenge us. Our experience with Nordcad's support is also that they are very helpful and quick to help.

Torsten Larsen
Global ECAD Solution Owner
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