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Screenshot of an EAGLE project in PCB view
7.7.0 / November 1, 2016
|Operating system||Windows, Linux, Mac OS X|
|Platform||386 compatible PCs|
|Available in||English, German, Hungarian, Chinese|
|License||Proprietary, freeware version available|
EAGLE is a scriptable electronic design automation application with schematic capture, printed circuit board layout, auto-router and computer-aided manufacturing features. EAGLE stands for Easily Applicable Graphical Layout Editor (German: Einfach Anzuwendender Grafischer Layout-Editor) and is developed by CadSoft Computer GmbH. Cadsoft Computer GmbH was acquired by Autodesk Inc. in 2016.
The PCB layout editor allows back annotation to the schematic and auto-routing to automatically connect traces based on the connections defined in the schematic.
SparkFun Electronics that has grown due to the hobbyist market exemplified by Make magazine and others. Many of these companies offer EAGLE part libraries which define schematic shapes, pinouts, and part sizes to allow for correct layout in the PCB layout editor. Other popular libraries include Adafruit and Dangerous prototypes, element14 (a subsidiary of Farnell, former owners of CadSoft) also have some libraries available from their site.
EAGLE was developed in 1988 as a 16-bit application for Microsoft DOS, with support for OS/2 and Windows added later on. Starting with version 4.0, EAGLE was converted to 32-bit. EAGLE version 4.0 also dropped support for DOS and OS/2, but was among the first professional electronic CAD tools available for Linux. A 32-bit DPMI version of EAGLE 4.0 running under DOS was available on special request in order to help support existing customers, but was not released commercially.
Starting with version 4.13, EAGLE became available for Mac OS X, with versions before 5.0.0 still requiring X11. Version 5.0.0 officially dropped support for Windows 9x and Windows NT 3.x/4.x. EAGLE 6.0.0 no longer supports Mac OS X on the Power PC platform (only on Intel Macs), and the minimum requirements have been changed to Mac OS X 10.6, Linux 2.6 and Windows XP.
Comparison of features for the various available versions. Costs are referred to "Schematic+Layout+Autorouter, 1-User" license.
|Version||Schematic sheets||Layers||PCB size||Use||Note||Cost|
|Professional||999||16||4x4 m||Any||$ 1640, € 1385|
|Standard||99||6||160x100 mm||Any||$ 820, € 690|
|Hobbyist||99||6||160x100 mm||For individual, non commercial use only||$ 169, € 140|
|Light||1||2||100x80 mm||Any||$ 69, € 62|
|Educational||99||6||160x100 mm||Non-Commercial / EDU (Requires .edu email)||Support only via email or forum||$ 0, € 0|
- Sale of CadSoft
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