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Title:
Generating a hierarchical Part
Product:
OrCAD Capture, OrCAD PSpice A/D,
OrCAD PSpice AA and AMS Simulator
Summary:
This application note shows you how to
generate a hierarchical part based on a
schematic view, and how you can use this
part for your PSpice projects.
(Sub-circuit with schematic.)
Author/Date: Wei Ling / 24.8.2010
Update/Date: Pascal Willems / 23.9.2013
Table of Contents
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Introduction .................................................................................................................... 2
Creating a Circuit to generate a Part .............................................................................. 2
Generating a Part ........................................................................................................... 3
Editing the new Part ....................................................................................................... 5
Using hierarchical Part in PSpice Project ....................................................................... 6
Bibliography ................................................................................................................... 7
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1 Introduction
Based on a schematic view you can generate a library and an associated part which
represents your design. When you use the “Generate Part” command to do this, Capture
creates a library file (.OLB) and a part based on the pins defined in the schematic. The library
file (.OLB) containing the new part and a copy of the schematic for easy portability and
design reuse. If the library already exists, the new part is appended to the existing library. If
the part already exists in the library, the new part replaces it.
You can use the symbol you generate to represent your circuit for other PSpice projects.
2 Creating a Circuit to generate a Part
As an example, we would like to build up a circuit consisting of three diodes which we can
use as a rectifier for three-phase electric power.
You must use the hierarchical port to define the pins of a part which you want to generate.
The ports are placed on nodes in the lower level schematic that will be pins on the upper
level symbol. If the schematic is active, you can access the hierarchical port through
Place
Hierarchical Port…
A Place Hierarchical Port window comes up:
In the Place Hierarchical Port window you can chose the hierarchical port which you want
to use in your schematic.
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3 Generating a Part
Let’s assume you have opened the example PSpice project create_hierarchy_part.opj and
saved the circuit which consists of three diodes in PAGE1 in the schematic folder
my_hierarchy_part.
In Project Manager window, select the schematic folder my_hierarchy_part
Tools
Generate Part…
the Generate Part dialog window comes up.
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In the field Netlist/source file, the current design create_hierarchy_part.dsn is
automatically selected.
Using Capture Schematic/Design as Netlist/source file type.
In the field Part name you can give a name for the part which you want to create.
As default a library named create_hierarchy_part.olb will be saved under the current
path.
The my_hierarchy_part is also automatically selected in the field Source Schematic
name.
You can just leave other default settings in Generate Part window and click OK
Part Section Input Spreadsheet window comes up as follows.
the Split
Click Save to save the part.
Note:
You can edit the part in this Split Part Section Input Spreadsheet window. You can also
edit it later in Part Editor.
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4 Editing the new Part
After saving the part you can find a part named my_hierarchy_part located in library
create_hierarchy_part.olb. A copy of the schematic for easy portability and design reuse is
also saved in this library.
Select the part
Edit
Part
the Part Editor opens
In Part Editor you can change the graphical symbol and modify the pin definition.
Save the part after editing it. It is ready for using in your PSpice project.
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5 Using hierarchical Part in PSpice Project
Place the part my_hierarchy_part from the library create_hierarchy_part.olb in root schematic
and build a test circuit as follows:
Note:
You can select the hierarchical part U1 and click the right mouse button to pop up a
command menu. Using the command Descend Hierarchy to descend this hierarchical part.
Run the simulation for example, for 60ms. The three inputs V(U), V(V) and V(W) are
displayed in the following diagram. The rectified output voltage V(OUT) is also displayed in
probe window.
400V
V(OUT)
200V
0V
-200V
-400V
0s
V(OUT)
10ms
V(U)
V(V)
20ms
V(W)
30ms
40ms
50ms
60ms
Time
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Note:
Of course you can use the library for other PSpice projects. However, after placing the part in
the schematic, you should check the property Implementation Path. For example:
1. Using the part for other designs which are located in the same system where the
design create_hierarchy_part.dsn is located, you may not need to modify the
Implementaion Path.
2. If you saved the library (.OLB) somewhere, you must check the Implementation
Path. If necessary, change the path of the library.
6 Bibliography
[1]
[2]
PSpice User’s Guide, Cadence
OrCAD Capture User’s Guide, Cadence
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