Cadence tools worth £20k for every engineering student

Author : Alistair Winning

07 August 2012

Alistair Winning
Alistair Winning

Woking-based Parallel Systems are pioneering an ambitious project to give every engineering student in the UK and Ireland access to Cadence ORCAD tools.

Cadence’s UK channel partner has launched the project to increase desire for engineering jobs and to familiarise students with the industry leading ORCAD software.

The tools included in the project are standard ORCAD schematic capture, PCB editing, PCB routing, signal integrity and Spice simulations. Students with a legitimate academic address will receive a full, free license for the tools for each year that they remain in education. The project is live and any student can now download the full licensed version of the Cadence SPB software from:

Gifting tools and licenses to students is a common practice for many university programmes. Usually, companies will form a partnership to one or several universities that specialise in the companies specified engineering discipline, such as Aeroflex’s recent donation of £1.5m of equipment to UCL, as previously reported in EPD. I am unaware of any current schemes that are of such considerable value and available to every student in the country; or two countries in this case.

Even though Cadence stands to win in the long run by initiating future engineers into its tools, the offer represents a brilliant opportunity for students to get experience with the tools that are most widely used in industry, increasing their chances of gaining employment. The project will also help UK companies by allowing them to place a stronger focus on other areas of graduate training.

I’m sure this project would be a certainty to at least reach the final of the e-Legacy Training and Education category. There is still time to vote in this and the other five categories here: I’d really appreciate it if you took this opportunity to make your voice heard.

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