Comparison of EDA software

Comparison of EDA software

Comparison of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software


Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)

Name Architecture License Autorouter Comment
Alliance POSIX GPL Alliance is a complete set of free CAD tools and portable libraries for VLSI design.
CBOLD Linux, w32, Mac GPL Schematicless board-level design entry using C++.
ChipVault GPL Terminal based vi wrapper for HDL
Covered Posix GPL Verilog code coverage analyzer
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.
Fritzing w32, Mac, Linux GPL Yes Integrated tool for breadboard, schematic, and PCB design. Targeted at non-engineers (designers, artists, researchers, hobbyists) and users of microcontroller platforms such as Arduino.
gEDA *BSD, Mac, Linux GPL Yes Suite of applications for schematic capture, PCB layout editing (with autorouting capability), Gerber viewing, analog circuit simulation, Verilog design, and GTK-based waveform viewing.
GHDL Linux, w32 GPL VHDL simulator
Herb POSIX GLib GPL Herb is a complete set of CAD programs and libraries for the specification, design and validation of VLSI circuits.
Icarus Verilog *BSD, Linux, Mac GPL Verilog simulator
Kicad Linux, w32, Mac GPLv2 Yes Unlike other free software alternatives, Kicad provides for all design stages through the same interface: Schematic capture, PCB layout, Gerber generation/visualization, and library editing are all standard features. It also has a "3D view" feature for PCBs.

It is available for all three major operating systems, and features a large selection of component libraries. Migration tools (for transferring files from other EDA packages) are also provided. The file format is plain text, and is well documented, which is a useful feature for content management systems.

KTechLab Linux GPL n/a KTechLab is a schematic capture and simulator. It is speciufically geared toward mixed signal simulation of analg components and small digital processors.
KLayout Linux, w32, Mac GPL - KLayout is a GDSII and OASIS file viewer and editor (if started in edit mode). Optimized for handling large data volumes. Editor mode functions include booleans, sizing, copy & paste, clip, undo/redo. Overlay capabilities for more than one layout. Ruby scripting interface (layout generation, editing, layout database access).
LayoutEditor Linux, w32, Mac GPL (Basic Version) / Commercial - A IC/MEMS layout editor. Features: all basic design functions, all angle elements, font generator, macros, boolean operations, design rule checker, netlists, LVS, full supported formats: Calma GDSII, OASIS (Open Artwork System Interchange Standard), DXF, CIF (Caltech Intermediate Form), imported formats: gerber, lasi, alliance
Magic Linux BSD license no a popular very-large-scale integration layout tool
MyHDL Linux, w32, Mac LGPL An open source Python package for capturing and simulating hardware designs. Includes utilities for conversion to VHDL and Verilog.
Netlistviewer w32 GPL no Netlistviewer is a software which reads SPICE circuit description (*.cir file) and automatically generates schematics in graphical form.
Open Schematic Capture Java (programming language) GPL no Open Schematic Capture is a schematic capture and net list tool intended for analog or mixed analog/digital IC design.
Oregano GPL no schematic capture + spice simulation
OwlVision GDSII Viewer GPL GDSII IC layout viewer
ParC Posix GPL C++ extensions for Electronic system level and parallel processing. ParC is a front-end to GNU C++ that adds the HDL constructs for multithreading, with a view to moving the support downstrean into the C++ compiler at a later date. ParC should replace SystemC and is a functional superset of the Verilogs and VHDL.
QSCAD TCL/TK, Linux, w32 Artistic License Schematic capture + PCB design.
Quite Universal Circuit Simulator Linux, Solaris, Mac, NetBSD, FreeBSD, w32 GPL Schematic capture + Verilog + VHDL + simulation
XCircuit Unix GPL Used to produce netlists and publish high-quality drawings.
V2000 Posix GPL A Verilog/Verilog-AMS parser and elaborator for use as front-end to other tools.
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.

Proprietary software

Application Vendor Simulation Engine Licence Platform Components Netlist Format Vector Output
Windows POSIX
AutoTRAX EDA and DEX Autotrax Software Spice 3f5 Proprietary Yes No Schematic capture, Simulation Probe, PCB editor and Active3D RS-274X Gerber format
CircuitLogix Logic Design Inc Xspice variant Proprietary Yes No
Crocodile Clips Crocodile Clips Ltd Yes No
PCB123 Sunstone Circuits Proprietary Yes Create new PCB designs quickly, then edit layout and schematics.
PCD Wizard Yes PCB editor
TARGET 3001! Ing.-Buero FRIEDRICH PSpice compatible Proprietary, free versions available Yes No Schematic entry, simulation, PCB design, autorouter, 3D live view, isolation milling, front panel design Various Extended Gerber format, PostScript, STEP-3D, HPGL, G-code
PCB Artist - free Yes No Schematic capture, PCB design Gerber (after 1st order), PDF

Comparison of EDA packages

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) Stable?[clarification needed] Imports Exports
Advanced Design System by Agilent EEsof EDA 2011.05
Yes Yes Yes No Yes LINUX,SUN SOLARIS No en Yes HSPICE, SPICE, Spectre netlists; Gerber/drill , ODB++, artwork; more HSPICE, SPICE, Spectre netlists; Gerber/drill , ODB++, artwork; more
Active-HDL by Aldec 2011, October
Yes Yes No No Yes No No en Yes EDIF, Viewlogic, more PDF, HTML, Verilog, VHDL, EDIF, Zuken, more
Altium Designer (former Protel) and PCAD by Altium 2011, Feb 25
Release 10
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No en Yes OrCAD, Allegro, PADs, P-CAD, Gerber, STEP, more PDF, Gerber/drill, ODB++, DXF, STEP, OrCAD, more
AutoTRAX EDA and DEX by Kovac Software 2010, May 18
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Various Yes Eagle, P-CAD, PADS, OrCAD, Gerber, DXF Gerber/drill, DXF, P-CAD, PADS, OrCAD
CADSTAR, Board Designer, and Visula by Zuken 2010, August 17
Yes Yes, Spice Yes No Yes No No en Yes PADS, OrCAD, P-CAD, Protel, DXF, IDF PDF, Gerber/drill, ODB++, DXF, IDF more
CR-5000 by Zuken 2011, May 17
Yes Yes, SI & PI Yes Yes Yes UNIX, LINUX No en, jp Yes 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 2011, Oct 17
Yes No Yes Yes Yes Mac, Wine No 18 languages Yes Eagle, P-CAD, PADS, OrCAD, Gerber, DXF Gerber/drill, DXF, P-CAD, PADS, OrCAD
DesignSpark PCB from RS Components 2011, April 26
Yes No Yes No Yes No No Various Yes Eagle, DXF, EDIF Gerber/drill, IDF, PDF, more
Eagle CadSoft 2010, December
Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No de, en Yes Eagle, Cadence, Gerber/drill, Eagle, Netlist, PDF, Images, Protel, HyperLynx, EPS
EDWinXP from Visionics Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown ODB++ ODB++
Easy-PC by Number One Systems 14 Yes No Yes Unknown Yes Unknown No en Unknown Unknown DXF, BOM, Gerber/drill, IDF
Fritzing 2011-02-18
Yes, + breadboard No Yes Yes Yes Mac Yes en, de, nl, es, it, fr, pt, ru, zh, jp, ... Yes gEDA symbols, KiCAD symbols, SVG Gerber, DIY etching, BOM, SVG, PDF, EPS
gEDA 2010-02-14
Yes No Yes Yes Yes Mac Yes en Yes ? Gerber/drill
KiCad by the KiCad developers 2011-04-29-BZR2986 Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes de, en, es, fr, pt, ru Yes TinyCAD net lists, OrCAD EDIF PDF, Gerber/drill, netlist
Various (Board Station, PADS, Expedition, DxDesigner, HyperLynx, ECAD Collaborator...), by Mentor Graphics N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No en yes ODB++ GGerber/drill, BoM, IDF, ODB++
Micro-Cap by Spectrum Software 2010, Jun 26
Yes Yes No No Yes No No en Yes Unknown SPICE text file, netlist, BOM
by J C Chavez
March 6, 2011
No No Yes Yes No Mac No en Yes Unknown Gerber, netlist
Various Allegro and OrCAD products by Cadence Design Systems N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown No en Yes Unknown PDF, OrCAD netlist, ODB++
Proteus by Labcenter Electronics 7.7 Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No en Yes Unknown netlist, BoM, Gerber/drill
Pulsonix by Pulsonix 7.0 Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Unknown No en Yes Unknown PDF, Gerber/drill, ODB++, DXF, more
PCB Investigator by easyLogix 2010-09-09
No No Yes No Yes No No en Yes ODB++, Gerber/drill, Sieb&Meyer ODB++, DXF, Catia-Script, X-File, BOM
SLASH by Dolphin Integration 2011, February Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No en Yes EDIF, ASCII, Several netlist formats EDIF, Several netlist formats, CSDF, SPI3, more
Symica DE by Symica v1.4
Oct 2011
Yes Yes No No Yes No No en Yes HSPICE, SPICE, Spectre netlists, SKILL specs, more SKILL, SPICE netlist
TinyCAD by the developers of TinyCAD 2.70
Yes No No No Yes No Yes en Yes Unknown Several net list formats, PNG, EMF
NI Ultiboard and Multisim by National Instruments 11 Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No en Yes MS*, MP*, EWB, Spice, OrCAD, UltiCap, Protel, Gerber, DXF, Ultiboard 4&5,Calay BOM, Gerber/drill, IGES (3D), DXF (2D & 3D), SVG
Viewlogic by Synopsys Unknown No No Yes Yes Yes Unknown No en Unknown Unknown Unknown

Note: ODB++ support is drawn partly from lists by Artwork Conversion Software[1] and Mentor Graphics[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b "PCB tools supporting ODB++". Artwork Conversion Software Inc.. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "ODB++ Data Exchange". Mentor Graphics. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 


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