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ActiveParts - an online components library

ActiveParts is an online electronic component information system available for Cadence® OrCAD® technology users. ActiveParts contains more than 2 million parts, most of which include Cadence OrCAD Capture symbols. In addition to searching a local database for parts, users can now choose to search online with ActiveParts. ActiveParts is fully integrated with Cadence OrCAD Capture CIS, allowing users to search for and select parts from within Capture CIS. Placing a part from ActiveParts page into an OrCAD Capture schematic is as easy as a click of the mouse.

ActiveParts contains parts, with detailed descriptions, from over 4000 vendors. Many of these parts have Cadence OrCAD Layout footprint information mapped to their symbol as well as a link to manufacturer datasheets. For any part, the OrCAD Capture symbol can be previewed before placing the part in a CIS schematic.

ActiveParts allows the user to download the symbol, save a copy of it in a local OrCAD Capture library, and add the part information to a local OrCAD Capture parts database.


Gaining access to ActiveParts

ActiveParts is FREE for users on the most current release of OrCAD Capture CIS on an active maintenance contract. ActiveParts is a built into OrCAD Capture CIS and does not require additional software installation

In addition to searching for, downloading, and placing parts through AcitveParts, users will also be able to request that new parts be added to the ActiveParts database.

Existing OrCAD Capture users: Learn more about the benefits of Upgrading to OrCAD Capture CIS

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ActiveParts is easy to use

Using ActiveParts is as easy as finding and placing a part from your local database. Take a look at the ActiveParts Walk-Through to see how a world of new parts is a mouse click away.

How does ActiveParts work? Take a look at the ActiveParts Walk-Through

Or view the Flash movie that shows from beginning to end how easy it is to connect to over 2 millions parts instantly! View the Flash Movie


ActiveParts content

  • Over 2 million parts in the ActiveParts CIS database
  • 1.2 million parts with OrCAD Capture symbols
  • Parametric data
  • 25% of parts have mapped OrCAD Layout footprints
  • Manufacturer Names, Part Numbers, and URLs
  • New parts added on a continual basis

The value of ActiveParts

  • ActiveParts expedites the design process:

    Engineers spend considerable time searching for the right parts to use in their schematics. After finding a part, they still need to create a symbol and place it into the schematic. With ActiveParts, searching is simple. Placing a symbol into the schematic is as easy as a mouse click.

  • ActiveParts facilitates library development:

    Users can download any symbol from ActiveParts to their local library. In addition, they can add a local parts database. This allows users to easily develop an OrCAD Capture CIS database and library set.

  • ActiveParts provides intelligent search options:

    Users can search for parts based on a variety of attributes such as electrical description, manufacturer, technology, and part number - to name a few.

  • ActiveParts maintains hotlinks to downloaded parts:

    A hotlink is automatically maintained between parts downloaded from ActiveParts and the online ActiveParts database. If anything changes, you will know about it.