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Comparison of Electronic design automation (EDA) software

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)[edit]

Name Architecture License Autorouter Comment
ChipVault GPL Terminal based vi wrapper for HDL
Electric *BSD, Java GPL Yes VLSI circuit design tool with connectivity at all levels. Can also be used for schematic entry and PCB design.
FreePCB w32 GPL Yes A printed circuit board design program for Microsoft Windows. FreePCB allows for up to 16 copper layers, both metric and English units, and export of designs in Gerber format. Boards can be partially or fully autorouted with the FreeRouting autorouter by using the FpcROUTE Specctra DSN file translator.
gEDA *BSD, Linux, Mac GPL schematic, simulation, PCB editor, gerber view
Icarus Verilog *BSD, Linux, Mac GPL Verilog simulator
KiCad *BSD, Windows, Linux, Mac GNU GPL Built-in, or FreeRouting Full package for schematic and board design, etc. Dsign rule checking. User-defined symbols and footprints. Gerber/ drill file creation. Sophisticated graphic interface. Active user community.
KTechLab Linux GPL n/a KTechLab is a schematic capture and simulator. It is specifically geared toward mixed signal simulation of analog components and small digital processors.
Magic Linux BSD license no A popular very-large-scale integration layout tool
Oregano GPL no Schematic capture + spice simulation
Quite Universal Circuit Simulator Linux, Solaris, Mac, NetBSD, FreeBSD, w32 GPL Schematic capture + Verilog + VHDL + simulation
Verilator Posix GPL Verilator is the fastest free Verilog HDL simulator. It compiles synthesizable Verilog into cycle accurate C++ or SystemC code following 2-state synthesis (zero delay) semantics. Benchmarks reported on its website suggest it is several times faster than commercial event driven simulators such as ModelSim, NC-Verilog and VCS, while not quite as fast as commercial cycle accurate modeling tools such as Carbon ModelStudio and ARC VTOC.
XCircuit Unix GPL Used to produce netlists and publish high-quality drawings.

Comparison of EDA packages[edit]

Application and developer Latest version/release + date Schematic? Simulation? PCB editing? Runs on POSIX style systems? Runs on Windows? Other platforms? Open
User Interface Language(s) Imports Exports Scripting support
Advanced Design System by Agilent EEsof EDA 2011.05
Yes Yes Yes No Yes Linux, Solaris No en HSPICE, SPICE, Spectre netlists; Gerber/drill, ODB++, artwork; more HSPICE, SPICE, Spectre netlists; Gerber/drill, ODB++, artwork; more
Active-HDL by Aldec 2011-10
Yes Yes No No Yes No No en EDIF, Viewlogic, more PDF, HTML, Verilog, VHDL, EDIF, Zuken, more
Altium Designer (former Protel) and PCAD by Altium 2013-02-13
Release 2013
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Multilingual OrCAD, Allegro, PADS Logic, PADS PCB, Expedition, DxDesigner, EAGLE, Gerber, STEP, IDF, more PDF, Gerber/drill, ODB++, DXF, STEP, OrCAD, more Delphi, JS, VB
AutoTRAX DEX by DEX 2020 2012-10-05
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Various EAGLE, P-CAD, PADS, OrCAD, Gerber, DXF Gerber/drill, DXF, P-CAD, PADS, OrCAD
CADSTAR, Board Designer, and Visula by Zuken 2011-11-08
Yes Yes, Spice Yes No Yes No No en PADS, OrCAD, P-CAD, Protel, DXF, IDF PDF, Gerber/drill, ODB++, DXF, IDF more
CircuitLogix by Logic Design Inc. 2013-01
Release 9.1
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No en SPICE, Gerber, DXF SPICE, PDF, Gerber, DXF,
CR-5000 by Zuken 2011-05-17
Yes Yes, SI & PI Yes Yes Yes UNIX, Linux No en, jp EDIF, DXF, IGES, IDF, BSDL, STEP, ACIS, Gerber/drill, more PDF, Gerber/drill, ODB++ (must request[1]), DXF, STEP, IPC D-356, IPC-2581, EPS, ACIS
DipTrace by Novarm 2014-07-21
Yes No Yes Yes Yes Mac, Wine No 18 languages EAGLE, P-CAD, PADS, OrCAD, Gerber, DXF Gerber/drill, DXF, P-CAD, PADS, OrCAD
DesignSpark PCB from RS Components 2015-01-15
Yes Yes, Spice Yes No Yes No No Various EAGLE, DXF, EDIF Gerber/drill, ODB++, IDF, PDF, more
EAGLE by CadSoft Computer 2014-11-27
Yes LTspice Yes Yes Yes Linux, Mac No de, en, zh, hu EAGLE (XML), ACCEL (P-CAD, Altium, Protel), ULTIBOARD, Netlists, BMP, Custom EAGLE (XML), Protel, Netlists, Images, PDF, Gerber, Excellon, Sieb&Meyer, HPGL, PostScript/EPS, PDF, Images, HyperLynx, Custom Proprietary User Language Programming (ULP)
Easy-PC, by Number One Systems 2013-07-20
Version 17
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No en Board Maker, Eagle, Ultiboard PDF, Gerber/drill, ODB++, DXF, IDF more
EDWinXP from Visionics 2010-02
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No en, jp ODB++ ODB++
Fritzing 2014-07-14
Yes, + breadboard No Yes Yes Yes Linux, Mac Yes en, de, nl, es, it, fr, pt, ru, zh, jp, ... gEDA symbols, KiCad symbols, SVG Gerber, DIY etching, BOM, SVG, PDF, EPS
gEDA 2013-09-25
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Linux, Mac Yes en Unknown Gerber/drill
KiCad 2013-07-07-BZR4022 Yes No Yes Yes Yes Linux, Mac Yes de, en, es, fr, pt, ru TinyCAD net lists, OrCAD EDIF PDF, Gerber/drill, netlist, VRML2, IDFv3
Upverter 2014-08-29-3.0 Yes No Yes Yes Yes Linux, Mac No en Altium, OrCad, PDF, OpenJSON, Eagle, Silkscreen Art PDF, Gerber/drill, netlist, PADS Layout Netlist, Tempo Automation, Pick and Place CSV, High-Res PNG, STL, CSV-formatted drill chart, CSV-formatted list of all parts
Various SmartSpice, Expert, Guardian, Hipex, and more products by Silvaco N/A Yes Yes No Yes Yes Linux No en, cn, kr, jp Various: HSPICE, Spectre, Verilog-A, SPICE, EDIF, GDSII Various: SPICE, SPEF, GDSII
Various (Board Station, PADS, Expedition, DxDesigner, HyperLynx, ECAD Collaborator...), by Mentor Graphics N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No en ODB++ GGerber/drill, BoM, IDF, ODB++
Micro-Cap by Spectrum Software 2014-07-14
Yes Yes No No Yes No No en, jp HSPICE, PSPICE, SPICE3, netlists, Images, IBIS, Touchstone SPICE text file, netlist, BOM ,Protel,Accel,OrCad,PADS netlists, Schematic and Analysis Plots Images, Numeric Output Text,Excel
Proteus by Labcenter Electronics 8.1 Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No en Unknown netlist, ODB++, BoM, Gerber/drill, IDF, BMP, HTML, CSV, DXF, 3D DXF, STL, PDF, EMF, EPS, HPGL and more
PCB Investigator by easyLogix Schindler & Schill GmbH 2012-06
No No Yes No Yes No No en ODB++, Gerber/drill, Sieb&Meyer, GenCAD 1.4, DXF, IPC2581 ODB++, DXF, Catia-Script, X-File, BOM, GenCAD 1.4, Gerber, other
Pulsonix 2015-01-02
Release 8.0
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No en Allegro, Altium, CadStar, Eagle, OrCAD, PADs, P-CAD, Protel, Gerber, STEP, DXF, IDF, more Gerber/drill, ODB++, IPC-2581, Gerber X2, PDF, DXF, STEP, IDF, BOM, more
SLED by Dolphin Integration 2013, December
Release 6.1
Yes Yes No Yes Yes Linux No en EDIF, ASCII, Several netlist formats EDIF, Several netlist formats, CSDF, SPI3, more
TARGET 3001! V17.3.0.20
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No en, de, fr EAGLE, DXF, Gerber, XGerber, Excellon, BMP, CXF, STEP 3D XGerber, Excellon, HPGL, G-Code (Milling), CXF, STEP 3D, BOMs, Pick&Place, Testpoints, Netlists, OBJ, POV-RAY
NI Ultiboard and Multisim by National Instruments 13 Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No en MS*, MP*, EWB, Spice, OrCAD, UltiCap, Protel, Gerber, DXF, Ultiboard 4&5, Calay BOM, Gerber/drill, IGES (3D), DXF (2D & 3D), SVG
Various Allegro and OrCAD products by Cadence Design Systems N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes AIX, Solaris, Linux No Several Gerber, DXF, IDF, IFF, PADS, PCAD DXF, IDF, IPC356, OrCAD netlist, ODB++ Proprietary SKILL language, and some TCL
Viewlogic by Synopsys Unknown No No Yes Yes Yes Unknown No en Unknown Unknown
Scheme-it by Digi-Key N/A Yes No No Yes Yes Web application No en Unknown Unknown
EasyEDA N/A Yes Yes, Spice Yes Yes Yes Web application No en, zh, jp, fr, po Eagle, Altium, Kicad, LTspice Gerber, PNG, SVG, PDF
123D Circuits by Autodesk N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Web application No en Eagle Gerber

Note: ODB++ support is drawn partly from lists by Artwork Conversion Software[1] and Mentor Graphics[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "PCB tools supporting ODB++". Artwork Conversion Software Inc. Retrieved 2011-09-25. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "ODB++ Data Exchange". Mentor Graphics. Archived from the original on 2012-10-06. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 

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