ROCHESTER, NY – EMA Design Automation today announced a partnership with Berkeley SkyDeck to provide OrCAD software to startups.

The tools will be used as part of the SkyDeck accelerator program, part of UC Berkeley, to design and develop printed circuit boards.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 

“OrCAD is ideal for companies just starting out because it is easy to learn, yet offers a professional level toolset used by leading electronics companies around the world,” said Manny Marcano, president and CEO, EMA. “And because OrCAD is a highly scalable solution for PCB design, it will help set these startups up for sustained success as they evolve into the tech giants, we hope they become.”

EMA said the new partnership is a continuation of a longstanding commitment to provide future engineers and startups with tools to be successful. EMA supports the student community by providing universities with the OrCAD software students require to not only complete course work and labs, but also prepare them for academic and career success. 

Berkeley SkyDeck combines consulting know-how of traditional accelerators with the vast resources of its research university, creating a powerful environment for startups. Berkeley SkyDeck hosts over 200 startups each year and works hand-in-hand to help with product strategy, team building, and customer introductions. “Skydeck’s mission is to help startup ventures bring new and innovative products to market,” said Bree Cahill, director of partnerships, Berkeley SkyDeck. “Partnering with companies like EMA gives these startups access to the tools and expertise they need to make their ideas a reality.”

“Due to its popularity, OrCAD is a common teaching tool in universities so many of these startups will already be familiar with the toolset and capabilities,” added Marcano. “This partnership with SkyDeck will extend that into the product development phase, providing access to professional-level design tools for these startups.”

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