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Comparison of Electronic design automation (EDA) software

Free and open-source software[edit]

Name Architecture License Autorouter Comment
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 US customary units, and export of designs in Gerber format. Boards can be partially or fully autorouted with the FreeRouting[1] autorouter by using the FpcROUTE Specctra DSN design file translator.
Fritzing Windows, Mac, Linux GPL Yes Protoboard view, schematic view, PCB view, Code (firmware) view. Includes customizable design rule checker. Includes common shaped boards like Arduino and Raspberry Pi shields. Allows spline curve traces. Only two layers (top and bottom). Outputs gerbers.
gEDA *BSD, Linux, Mac GPL Yes schematic, simulation, PCB editor, gerber view
Gnucap any (C++98) GPL3 Mixed-signal circuit simulator
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. Design rule checking. User-defined symbols and footprints. Gerber/ drill file creation. 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
Ngspice Linux, Solaris, Mac, NetBSD, FreeBSD, w32 BSD SPICE + XSPICE + Cider
Oregano GPL no Schematic capture + spice simulation
Quite Universal Circuit Simulator (QUCS) Linux, Solaris, Mac, NetBSD, FreeBSD, w32 GPL Schematic capture + Verilog + VHDL + simulation
pcb-rnd *BSD, Linux, Mac GPL yes Circuit layout program with extended file format support, DRC, parametric footprints, query langauge, and gui and command line operation for batch processing and automation
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
source?
User Interface Language(s) Imports Exports Scripting support
Advanced Design System by Keysight EEsof EDA 2016.01
28 January 2016
(2 years ago)
 (2016-01-28)
[2]
Yes Yes Yes Yes[3] Yes[3] SuSE, RHEL[3] No en HSPICE, SPICE, Spectre netlists; Gerber, Excellon, ODB++, artwork; more HSPICE, SPICE, Spectre netlists; Gerber, Excellon, ODB++, artwork; more Python, Application Extension Language (proprietary; "AEL")
Active-HDL by Aldec 10.3
16 March 2016
(2 years ago)
 (2016-03-16)
Yes Yes No No Yes No No en EDIF, Viewlogic, more PDF, HTML, Verilog, VHDL, EDIF, Zuken, more
Altium Designer (former Protel) by Altium 18.1
26 April 2018
(5 months ago)
 (2018-04-26)
Yes Yes Yes No Yes Wine No Multilingual OrCAD, Allegro, PADS Logic, PADS PCB, Expedition, DxDesigner, EAGLE, Gerber, STEP, Solidworks, IDF, more 3D PDF, Gerber, Gerber X2, Excellon, ODB++, DXF, STEP, OrCAD, EAGLE, more Delphi, JS, VB
CADSTAR, Board Designer, and Visula by Zuken 18
30 June 2017
(15 months ago)
 (2017-06-30)
Yes Yes, Spice Yes No Yes No No en PADS, OrCAD, P-CAD, Protel, DXF, IDF PDF, Gerber, Excellon, ODB++, DXF, IDF more
CircuitLogix by Logic Design Inc. Release 9.1
January 2013
(5 years ago)
 (2013-01)
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No en SPICE, Gerber, DXF SPICE, PDF, Gerber, DXF
CircuitMaker by Altium 1.3.0.119
August 2016
(2 years ago)
 (2016-08)
Yes No Yes No Yes Wine No en AD09, AD10, AD12, PADS, P-CAD, OrCAD, Protel, EAGLE, DXF Gerber, Excellon, DXF, STEP, more
CircuitStudio by Altium 1.5.1.13
25 May 2018
(4 months ago)
 (2018-05-25)
Yes Yes Yes No Yes Wine No en AD09, AD10, AD12, PADS, P-CAD, OrCAD, Protel, EAGLE, DXF Gerber, Excellon, SPICE, DXF, STEP, more
CR-5000 by Zuken 13
17 May 2011
(7 years ago)
 (2011-05-17)
Yes Yes, SI & PI Yes Yes Yes Unix, Linux No en, jp EDIF, DXF, IGES, IDF, BSDL, STEP, ACIS, Gerber, Excellon, more PDF, Gerber, Excellon, ODB++ (must request[4]), DXF, STEP, IPC D-356, IPC-2581, EPS, ACIS
DipTrace by Novarm 3.2.0.1
1 November 2017
(11 months ago)
 (2017-11-01)
Yes External
(Spice netlist export)
Yes Yes Yes Mac, Wine No 21 languages EAGLE, Altium, P-CAD, PADS, OrCAD, Gerber, N/C Drill, DXF, BSDL Pinlist, Netlists Gerber, Gerber X2, Excellon, ODB++, DXF, P-CAD, PADS, OrCAD, IPC-D-356, STEP, VRML, Pick and Place, CSV, BOM
DesignSpark PCB from RS Components 8
16 June 2016
(2 years ago)
 (2016-06-16)
Yes Yes, Spice Yes No Yes No No Various EAGLE, DXF, EDIF Gerber, Excellon, ODB++, DXF, IDF, PDF, LPKF
EAGLE by Autodesk/CadSoft Computer 9.1.3
15 August 2018
(2 months ago)
 (2018-08-15)
Yes Ngspice,
LTspice,
PCBSim
Yes Yes Yes Linux, Mac No de, en, zh, hu, ru EAGLE (XML), ACCEL (P-CAD, Altium, Protel), ULTIBOARD, Netlists, BMP, Custom EAGLE (XML), Protel, Netlists, Images, Gerber, Gerber X2, Excellon, Sieb & Meyer, HPGL, PostScript/EPS, PDF, Images, HyperLynx, IDF, Custom Proprietary User Language Programming (ULP)
EasyEDA 5.4.12
7 May 2018
(5 months ago)
 (2018-05-07)
Yes Ngspice Yes Yes Yes Linux, Mac No en, fr, de, pl, jp, ru, es, se, ua, zh ... Altium, Eagle, Kicad libraries, LTspice .asc/.asy files, JSON, Spice PDF, PNG, SVG, JSON, Gerber, Excellon, Pick and Place CSV file, CSV-formatted drill chart, Bill of Materials CSV file, Altium netlist, FreePCB netlist, PADS Layout Netlist, Spice netlist. JSON
Fritzing 0.9.3b[5]
3 June 2016
(2 years ago)
 (2016-06-03)
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 1.8.2[6]
25 September 2013
(5 years ago)
 (2013-09-25)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Linux, Mac Yes en gschem netlists, image as background Gerber, Excellon, SVG, PDF, EPS, PNG, GIF, JPEG, Specctra, XYRS yes
KiCad 5.0.0[7]


22 July 2018
(2 months ago)
 (2018-07-22)

Yes Internal:
Ngspice
External:
SPICE netlist export
Yes Yes Yes Linux, Mac Yes zh_CN, de, en, es, fr, it, pt, ru, ja, pl, cz TinyCAD net lists, OrCAD EDIF, EAGLE (XML) PDF, Gerber, Gerber X2, Excellon, netlist, VRML2, IDFv3 Python
OrCAD 17.2
1985
(33 years ago)
 (1985)
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No en Eagle, PADS, Altium, STEP, DXF, IDF, IDX,OrCAD SDT, OrCAD Layout,OrCAD PDF, Gerber, Gerber X2, Excellon drill/route, netlist, ODB++, DXF, IDF, IDX, STEP,3D PDF, IPC2581 Tcl/TK, SKILL (Lisp)
pcb-rnd 2.0.0[8]
6 June 2018
(4 months ago)
 (2018-06-06)
No No Yes Yes No Linux, Mac Yes en gschem netlists, Protel Autotrax, Kicad (legacy & s-expr layouts), Eagle (XML & v3,4,5 binary layouts), eeschema netlists, mentor netlists, TinyCad netlists, LT-Spice, MUCS, Specctra, Mentor Graphics Hyperlynx, BMP, JPG, GIF, HPGL, image as background Gerber/[Excellon format|drill],SVG, PDF, EPS, PNG, GIF, JPEG, Specctra, Protel Autotrax, Kicad (legacy & s-expr), dxf, FidocadJ, Mentor Graphics Hyperlynx, template configurable XYRS/BOM Multiple languages
Upverter 3.0
29 August 2014
(4 years ago)
 (2014-08-29)
Yes No Yes Yes Yes Web application No en Altium, OrCad, PDF, OpenJSON, Eagle PDF, Gerber, Excellon, netlist, PADS Layout Netlist, Tempo Automation, Pick and Place CSV, High-Res PNG, STL, CSV-formatted drill chart, CSV-formatted list of all parts
Micro-Cap by Spectrum Software 11.0.2.0
3 September 2016
(2 years ago)
 (2016-09-03)
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
Pulsonix by WestDev Ltd 10.0
1 October 2018
(18 days ago)
 (2018-10-01)
Yes Yes Yes No Yes Wine No en Allegro, Altium, CadStar, Eagle, OrCAD, PADS, P-CAD, Protel, Gerber, STEP, DXF, IDF, more Gerber, Gerber X2, Excellon, ODB++, IPC-2581, PDF, DXF, STEP, IDF, BOM, more Proprietary language, ActiveX
TARGET 3001! 19.8.0.32
28 September 2018
(21 days ago)
 (2018-09-28)
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No en, de, fr Eagle, DXF, Gerber, XGerber, Excellon, BMP, CXF, STEP 3D XGerber, Excellon, Eagle, HPGL, G-Code (Milling), CXF, STEP 3D, Excel BOMs, Pick&Place, GenCAD, FABmaster, IPC D-356, Test points, Netlists, OBJ, POV-Ray, PDF
NI Ultiboard and Multisim by National Instruments 14.1
1 March 2017
(19 months ago)
 (2017-03-01)
[9]
Yes Yes Yes No Yes Web application [10] No en MS*, MP*, EWB, Spice, OrCAD, UltiCap, Protel, Gerber, DXF, Ultiboard 4&5, Calay BOM, Gerber, Excellon, IGES (3D), DXF (2D & 3D), SVG
123D Circuits by Autodesk N/A Yes, + breadboard Yes Yes Yes Yes Web application No en Eagle Gerber
Application and developer Latest version/release + date Schematic? Simulation? PCB editing? Runs on POSIX style systems? Runs on Windows? Other platforms? Open
source?
User Interface Language(s) Imports Exports Scripting support

Note: ODB++ support is drawn partly from lists by Artwork Conversion Software[4] and Mentor Graphics[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wirtz, Alfons (2014-03-08) [2004]. "FreeRouting - Printed Circuit Board Routing Software from FreeRouting.net". Archived from the original on 2017-09-24. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  2. ^ Advanced Design System – ADS Software - Current Version
  3. ^ a b c ADS Supported Platforms
  4. ^ a b "PCB tools supporting ODB++". Artwork.com. Artwork Conversion Software Inc. Retrieved 2011-09-25.
  5. ^ http://blog.fritzing.org/2016/06/03/new-fritzing-release-0-9-3b/
  6. ^ http://wiki.geda-project.org/geda:download
  7. ^ "KiCad 5 - a new generation". 2018-07-22. Archived from the original on 2018-07-29. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  8. ^ http://repo.hu/projects/pcb-rnd/news.html
  9. ^ "Latest Multisim Release".
  10. ^ "Multisim Web App".
  11. ^ "ODB++ Data Exchange". Mentor.com. Mentor Graphics. Archived from the original on 2012-10-06. Retrieved 25 September 2011.