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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by joshua, Feb 7, 2006.

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  1. joshua

    joshua Guest

    Hi all,
    I need a which tool is mostly used by all major companies in
    schematic design.
    alos which tool is used for pcb.
    anyone know about this plz reply
  2. joshua

    joshua Guest

    i dont know.
  3. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

  4. Pooh Bear

    Pooh Bear Guest

    There are several major packages offered by the big CAD vendors. They
    are also very costly.

    Thee are many alternatives more reasonably priced.

    Take your pick.

  5. Pooh Bear

    Pooh Bear Guest

  6. Pooh Bear

    Pooh Bear Guest

    None is 'mostly used by all major companies'.

    If only it were that simple !

  7. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest

    Just wait until Microsoft starts making EDA tools. :)
  8. Pooh Bear

    Pooh Bear Guest

    If they can't even code a competent word processor what makes you think
    I'd wait for their undoubtedly feeble attempts at EDA ?

  9. Pooh Bear

    Pooh Bear Guest

    I realise it was a joke, but for sure, Microsoft simply wouldn't be
    interested in such a small market !

  10. Mac

    Mac Guest

    When I worked at Big Company, we ussd Mentor Graphics high-end tools.
    These tools have a lot of features that are only beneficial to large
    companies. Also, while it seems that the backend part of the software
    is robust, the frontend (GUI) leaves a little bit to be desired. The
    software is so expensive that only a major company can buy it (or would
    want to).

    Anyway, I believe the individual tools I used were the design manager
    (aka design mangler) protoview (for looking at the layout), and ICX, which
    is a signal integrity simulator that can read the mentor graphics layout
    file and create a signal integrity model on the fly. You have to add ibis
    models for the nets you want to simulate.

    A lot of application engineers use orcad capture for their evaluation
    board designs. I use this occasionally at my current job. This is probably
    a better commercial offering for a small company. I don't have first hand
    experience with any other commercial software.

    For non-commercial software, the gEDA suite seems to be the way to go. You
    can use gschem for schematic capture, and pcb for layout. Both are under
    active development and getting better all the time.

    It seems like cadence and mentor have gobbled up just about all the major
    EDA software, so you might just go look at their websites.

  11. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    For non-commercial software, the gEDA suite seems to be the way to go.
    The most recent ready -to-run Windoze gEDA binaries
    are dated September 2003.

    This means that to use gEDA, you will have to do one of the following:
    1) Use a 2-year-old Windows-compatible release.
    2) Compile your own current Windows-compatible executables.
    3) Set up a Linux box and run the current Linux binaries.
    4) Set up a Linux box and compile your own Linux-compatible

    Another open source project (gratis and libre)
    is one which makes it easy to run itself under Windoze: KiCAD.
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