How to import Cadence BRD/SIP/MCM files into AEDT

The Ansys Electronics Desktop (AEDT) supports the direct import of native Cadence files in brd, sip, and mcm formats. For this method to function, extracta.exe, a Cadence-supplied executable, must be installed on the same machine and included in the executable path. The steps below show how to add extracta.exe to the system path:

  1. Search for extracta.exe in the Cadence installation directory and copy its path. For example, the path may be C:\Cadence\SPB_17.4\tools\bin:

  2. Open Edit System Environment Variables from the Control Panel and click on Environment Variables:

  3. In the System variables section, find the Path variable and click Edit…:

  4. In the Edit Environment Variable window, click New, paste the path for extracta.exe, and then click OK:

  5. Restart the computer to apply the newly added system path.

Once the path to the Extracta executable is added to the system path, open AEDT, click on File > Import > Cadence APD/Allegro/SiP… and select the file to be imported.