Cadence software options

What software is available from Cadence and how do I access it?

Cadence Design Systems offers quite a few pieces of software that are used for designing computer hardware.  This document will talk about the most popular options used at UMD and how to access them.  Most of the available software packages from Cadence run on Linux but there are a few that run on Windows.


  • ORCAD/Allegro/SPB (sometimes referred to as PSPICE)
    • Available for student use in the virtual computer lab under Cadence 17_2 Design Entry CIS.
    • Available in some ECE computer labs as well.


  • Integrated Circuit
    • The main product used at UMD is Virtuoso.
    • Available in Glue/TerpConnect
        • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (default)
          • module load cadenceIC/618 (this is IC 6.18)
          • virtuoso
        • North Carolina State University CDK is available for some versions of Cadence as well.
    • Support options
      • There are a dizzying array of software and support options.  If you need documentation, please contact
      • If you ask for something like all of the documentation on IC 6.18, you will get a clarification response asking for specifics.  There are hundreds of documents that fall under this category.  You need to be specific.
      • The team that responds to is Engineering IT Operations and we do not have expertise in using the Cadence suite of software. We can point you to groups that do use different Cadence tools or we can provide specific documentation. We can also troubleshoot licensing issues.

    Keywords:virtuoso pspice allegro spb orcad   Doc ID:106406
    Owner:Jeff M.Group:University of Maryland Engineering IT
    Created:2020-10-06 13:53 EDTUpdated:2021-03-01 15:26 EDT
    Sites:University of Maryland Engineering IT
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