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OrCAD Capture 4: Wiring

This tutorial demonstrates several techniques for connecting components in OrCAD Capture. After you complete this tutorial, you will be able to:

  • Connect components to wires
  • Select and move groups of wired components
  • Connect a bus to components and nets

If you would like to follow along with this tutorial, you can visit our walk-through page to view video tutorials and download design files .

To follow along with this tutorial, continue with the design you completed for Capture Walk-through 3 or use the included design file, CAPTURE TUTORIAL 4_WIRING.DSN.

Reference the provided Smart PDF, capturetutorial.pdf, to assist with wiring.

  1. Select Place > Wire (W) from the menu.
  2. Click each connection to add a wire.
  3. Wire the schematic according to the provided capturetutorial.PDF.

Note: To copy and paste wires, use CTRL+C and CTRL+V on the keyboard. To repeatedly place a wire use F4 on the keyboard. Add a short wire to the pins that will be connected to buses or net aliases, for components JP1 (pins 1, 5 ,6, 7, 9, 10), JP2 (pins 1 and 3) and IC1 (pins 7, 31, 32, and 59)

  1. Right click and select End Wire (ESC).

Note: Selecting “end wire” will place the wire outline you have on your cursor. You can easily move sections of your schematic by highlighting and dragging the selection, a component, or a wire.

  1. Select Place > Bus (B) from the menu.
  2. Click to place the bus.

Note: To add a bus at an angle hold down Shift on the keyboard.

  1. Right click and select End Wire (ESC).

  1. Select Place > Bus Entry (E) from the menu.
  2. Click to place the bus entry for JP1 (pins 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10) and IC1 (pins 31, 32, and 59) to connect the wires and bus.

Note: Use R on the keyboard to rotate the bus entry.

  1. Select Place > Auto Wire > Connect to Bus from the menu.
  2. Select the pin you want to connect then select the bus.
  3. Type the name of the net and click OK.

Note: If the bus has sequential nets add the name, a bracket, and the set of numbers. This will add the net names to all the selected nets.

  1. Finish wiring the buses according to the provided capturetutorial.PDF.
  2.  Select Place > No Connect from the menu (X).
  3. Click on the pins that are not connected according to capturetutorial.PDF.
  4. Right click and select End Mode (ESC).