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#1 Oct 4, 2017
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Vintage Electronic Design Simulation & Libraries

I am an Eagle user and now trying out the Lite version of OrCAD Capture and PSpice (17.2-2016 on Windows 10 64 bit). I not only design current technology solutions, but also restore vintage electronic devices (i.e. transmitters, receivers, televisions, oscilloscopes and other equipment from the 1920's - 1980's). Therefore, my schematics are often based upon vacuum tube technology. My questions are:

  1. Are there existing OrCAD libraries that contain vacuum tubes and sockets?
  2. If such libraries are used to create a schematic in Capture, is PSpice simulation possible for such circuits?
  3. Does Digikey offer downloadable libraries for OrCAD similar to the way Element14 offers free downloadable libraries for Eagle?

(I am new to this forum and tried to research this question before posting to avoid polluting the forum with redundant questions. However, I did not see a search facility and instead clicked through the topics. Therefore, please pardon me if I missed a similar question or if I should have posted to a different forum.)

Thank you!

Thu, 2017-10-05 04:16
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Welcome to the forum. Feel free to post all your doubts and queries. I do not know any default OrCAD Capture library for Schematic and simulation for vacuum tubes and for sockets. Nevertheless I have googled a litlle bit and I have found many PSpice models for such components. They should be simulated and verified.

In relation to your questions with digikey, there are lot of maufacturers, who offer OrCAD Capture symbols and PSpice models, so just look for them. In any case, in the OrCAD Capture Start Page you can find a link to Siliconexperts Technologies, where you are able to download lot of schematic designs. 


Thu, 2017-10-05 06:51
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Thank you very much! I will investigate further!

Fri, 2017-10-06 06:32 (Reply to #3)
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If you have schematics drawn in Eagle with those tube schematic parts you can use the Eagle translator to translate those and then pull the schematic parts from the design into a library.

Best regards


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