Comparison of EDA software

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Comparison of Electronic design automation (EDA) software

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)[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 autorouter by using the FpcROUTE Specctra DSN file translator.
gEDA *BSD, Linux, Mac GPL Yes 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. Design 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
Ngspice Linux, Solaris, Mac, NetBSD, FreeBSD, w32 BSD SPICE + XSPICE + Cider
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
source?
User Interface Language(s) Imports Exports Scripting support
Advanced Design System by Keysight EEsof EDA 2016.01
January 28, 2016
(5 months ago)
 (2016-01-28)
[1]
Yes Yes Yes Yes[2] Yes[2] SuSE, RHEL[2] No en HSPICE, SPICE, Spectre netlists; Gerber/drill, ODB++, artwork; more HSPICE, SPICE, Spectre netlists; Gerber/drill, ODB++, artwork; more Python, Application Extension Language (proprietary; "AEL")
Active-HDL by Aldec 10.3
March 16, 2016
(4 months 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) and PCAD by Altium 14.3.18
June 30, 2015
(12 months ago)
 (2015-06-30)
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Multilingual OrCAD, Allegro, PADS Logic, PADS PCB, Expedition, DxDesigner, EAGLE, Gerber, STEP, IDF, more PDF, Gerber/drill, Gerber X2, ODB++, DXF, STEP, OrCAD, more Delphi, JS, VB
AutoTRAX by DEX 2020 6.42.02
August 22, 2015
(10 months ago)
 (2015-08-22)
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Various EAGLE, P-CAD, PADS, OrCAD, Gerber, DXF Gerber/drill, DXF, P-CAD, PADS, OrCAD Python, IronPython - C# .NET
CADSTAR, Board Designer, and Visula by Zuken 17
May 31, 2016
(55 days ago)
 (2016-05-31)
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. Release 9.1
January 2013
(3 years ago)
 (2013-01)
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No en SPICE, Gerber, DXF SPICE, PDF, Gerber, DXF,
CircuitMaker by Altium 1.2.63861
April 2016
(3 months ago)
 (2016-04)
Yes No Yes Yes Yes Mac, Wine No en AD09, AD10, AD12, PADS, P-CAD, OrCAD, Protel, EAGLE, DXF Gerber/drill, DXF, STEP, more
CircuitStudio by Altium 1.2
June 2016
(1 month ago)
 (2016-06)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Mac, Wine No en AD09, AD10, AD12, PADS, P-CAD, OrCAD, Protel, EAGLE, DXF Gerber/drill, SPICE, DXF, STEP, more
CR-5000 by Zuken 13
May 17, 2011
(5 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/drill, more PDF, Gerber/drill, ODB++ (must request[3]), DXF, STEP, IPC D-356, IPC-2581, EPS, ACIS
DipTrace by Novarm 2.4.0.2
July 21, 2014
(2 years ago)
 (2014-07-21)
Yes External
(Spice netlist export)
Yes Yes Yes Mac, Wine No 21 languages EAGLE, P-CAD, PADS, OrCAD, Gerber, N/C Drill, DXF, BSDL Pinlist, Netlists Gerber/drill, Gerber X2, ODB++, DXF, P-CAD, PADS, OrCAD, IPC-D-356, STEP, VRML, Pick and Place
DesignSpark PCB from RS Components 7.2
June 16, 2016
(39 days ago)
 (2016-06-16)
Yes Yes, Spice Yes No Yes No No Various EAGLE, DXF, EDIF Gerber/drill, ODB++, IDF, PDF, more
EAGLE by CadSoft Computer 7.6.0
June 1, 2016
(54 days ago)
 (2016-06-01)
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)
EasyEDA 2.11.9
November 28, 2015
(7 months ago)
 (2015-11-28)
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/drill, Pick and Place CSV file, CSV-formatted drill chart, Bill of Materials CSV file, Altium netlist, FreePCB netlist, PADS Layout Netlist, Spice netlist. JSON
EDWinXP 2.00
December 18, 2015
(7 months ago)
 (2015-12-18)
Yes EDSpice Yes No Yes No No en Altium, Orcad PCB II Wirelist, VHDL , ODB++ ,SPICE Gerber/drill, Pick and Place CSV file, CSV-formatted drill chart, Bill of Materials CSV file, Altium netlist, FreePCB netlist, PADS Layout Netlist, Spice netlist ,Xilinx Netlist ,JEDEC Netlist, Scicards Schematic Netlist.
Fritzing 0.9.2b[4]
April 2, 2015
(15 months ago)
 (2015-04-02)
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[5]
September 25, 2013
(2 years ago)
 (2013-09-25)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Linux, Mac Yes en Unknown Gerber/drill
KiCad 4.0.2[6]
February 28, 2016
(4 months ago)
 (2016-02-28)
Yes No Yes Yes Yes Linux, Mac Yes de, en, es, fr, pt, ru TinyCAD net lists, OrCAD EDIF, EAGLE (XML) PDF, Gerber/drill, Gerber X2, netlist, VRML2, IDFv3 Python
Upverter 3.0
August 29, 2014
(22 months ago)
 (2014-08-29)
Yes No Yes Yes Yes Linux, Mac No en Altium, OrCad, PDF, OpenJSON, Eagle 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 Layout VX.0, Expedition, xDxDesigner, 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 11
July 14, 2014
(2 years ago)
 (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
PCB Investigator by easyLogix Schindler & Schill GmbH 3.4.4
June 2012
(4 years ago)
 (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
Release 8.5
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 Proprietary language, ActiveX
SLED by Dolphin Integration Release 6.1
December 2013
(2 years ago)
 (2013-12)
Yes Yes No Yes Yes Linux No en EDIF, ASCII, Several netlist formats EDIF, Several netlist formats, CSDF, SPI3, more
TARGET 3001! 18.4.0.84
July 4, 2016
(21 days ago)
 (2016-07-04)
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
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
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[3] and Mentor Graphics[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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