Cadence University Program Member


General Information

The Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz is licensed for Level 1 of the Cadence University Software Bundles. This licensing is generously provided by Cadence Design Systems University Program at substantial educational discount. University licensing provides Baskin School of Engineering faculty and students access to the Cadence Design Software products listed below. Note that this page only contains information about Cadence products only; please refer to the appropriate software support page for information about other vendors' software.

The School currently supports the use of Cadence Software products on the Red Hat Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Use of other operating systems is not supported nor recommended.

Technical Assistance

DO NOT contact Cadence Design Systems directly - all questions and requests must be submitted via the official site technical liaisons. Cadence Design Systems provides the software at a generous discount provided the site technical liaisons handle all questions and requests.

Should you have any questions related to the use of Cadence Design Systems Software, please send them to Please note in the subject line that your request is related to Cadence software.

E-Mail Questions and Problems:
Primary Technical Liaison: Bob Burns
Secondary Technical Liaison: Jose Renau
University Licensing Professor: Jose Renau

Course and Research Lab Use

Cadence software is used by the Baskin School of Engineering in a number of labs and classes. Should you wish to learn about practical usage of Cadence products, please contact the faculty, researchers and students in these courses and labs. This web page describes only how Cadence products are utilized at the Baskin School of Engineering and does not provide detailed instructions on how to use the tools themselves.

Cadence software products are often used in the following classes. This is a partial listing, as courses in the School of Engineering are constantly updated. Recommended courses for an introduction to some of the Cadence products include Computer Engineering 174 and Computer Engineering 222.

Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Courses

Cadence products are used in the following School of Engineering faculty research labs:

SPB/OrCAD Self-Serve Installation

Users can install OrCAD themselves using the following instructions.  These steps assume you have administrator rights on your system.  If you do not have local administrator rights you will not be able to install OrCAD.  If you are on a supported BSOE computer and do not have administrator rights, you should request help with the installation through the IT Request ticketing system.

  1. In a web browser, connect to and log in with your CruzID Blue credentials
  2. If you are not able to access that location but you are enrolled in a BSOE course or are otherwise affiliated with BSOE, please e-mail for assistance.
  3. You will see a set of files including an installation.txt file with installation instructions; please refer to that file for installation steps
  4. When installation has completed you can freely delete the installation files that you downloaded

Please note that if you are not on the BSOE network, either because you are off campus or in another part of campus, you will also need to connect to the UCSC VPN service before you will be able to check out a license and run Cadence software.

Specific Product Licensing

Please see this PDF for a full list of Cadence software available through the University Program.


Information is provided 'as is' without warranty of any kind. No statement is made and no attempt has been made to examine the information, either with respect to interoperability, origin, authorship, or otherwise. Please use this information at your own risk. We recommend using it on a copy of your data to be sure you understand what it does under your conditions. Keep your master intact until you are satisfied with the use of this information within your environment.

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Page last updated 6/17/19.