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OrCAD Tips and Tricks: How to Fix Partitioned Symbol Pins

OrCAD Tips and Tricks: How to Fix Partitioned Symbol Pins

OrCAD Tips and Tricks: How to Fix Partitioned Symbol Pins


In ByteSnap Bytes we bring you useful tips to help accelerate embedded systems development.  This guide looks at how to fix partitioned symbol pins in OrCAD when they’re in the wrong position.



ByteSnapBytes:  How to Fix Partitioned Symbol Pins


The Problem

After a number of years without any trouble, we’ve had several instances recently of OrCAD getting partitioned symbol pins the wrong way round.


Examples include:


  • Inverters with input and output the wrong way round
  • Op-Amp with + and – inputs swapped



OrCAD is getting this wrong, even though the symbol is apparently drawn correctly.

This is visible in the schematic, but easy to miss if you’re convinced the symbol is right, or if, say, one quad op-amp is right and another of the same type is wrong!

It also resists attempts to fix it – if you erase and instantiate the symbol it will look right to start with, but you’ll come back later and find it’s wrong again!

This can happen in hierarchical designs, particularly where a chip is shared among more than one block.


So, what’s the solution?

Here’s the fix…


If in the symbol editor you use the menu View>Package and THEN Edit>Properties, you get this table.

Note the Order column. All the – inputs are 0, all the + inputs are 1 etc. This is how it should be.

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If some of the gates had item 0 = + and item 1 = – then OrCAD may swap them.

The table order seems to be determined entirely by the order in which the pins were created.
For instance, if you capture a hex inverter as pins 1-14 in ascending order:


one side of the chip is created input-output,input-output
while the other side is created output-inout,output-input


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Presumably the solution is (in the spreadsheet entry) either:



  • List the pins in the order 1-7, 14-8 or
  • List all the inputs, then all the outputs





If you already have a symbol that has an incorrect table order, then it can be corrected like this:


  1. Graphically swap the pins round by dragging them in the symbol editor (so the symbol will now look wrong)
  2. Correct the pin numbers and pin names textually, so the symbol now looks as it did to start with.


We hope you’ve found our guide on fixing partitioned symbols in OrCAD useful.


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