Comparison of EDA software

Summary

Comparison of electronic design automation (EDA) software

Comparison of EDA packagesEdit

Application and developer Platform Latest release License Schematic? Simulation? PCB editing? User Interface Language(s) Imports Exports Scripting support
Version Date
Active-HDL by Aldec Windows 10.3 2016-03-16 Proprietary Yes Yes No en EDIF, Viewlogic, more PDF, HTML, Verilog, VHDL, EDIF, Zuken, more
Advanced Design System by Keysight EEsof EDA POSIX[1] 2019[2] 2018-11-15 Proprietary Yes Yes Yes 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")
Windows[1]
SuSE[1]
RHEL[1]
Altium Designer (former Protel) by Altium Windows 21.5.1[3] 2021-06-22 Proprietary Yes Yes Yes Multilingual OrCAD, Allegro, PADS Logic, PADS PCB, Expedition, DxDesigner, EAGLE, P-CAD, Gerber, STEP, Solidworks, IDF, more 3D PDF, Gerber, Gerber X2, Excellon, ODB++, DXF, STEP, OrCAD, EAGLE, more Delphi, JS, VB
Wine
CADSTAR, Board Designer, and Visula by Zuken Windows 2019.0.0.1 2019-11-18 Proprietary Yes Yes, SI & PI Yes en PADS, OrCAD, P-CAD, Protel, DXF, IDF PDF, Gerber, Excellon, ODB++, DXF, IDF more COM, macros
CircuitLogix by Logic Design Inc. Windows 10 2019-01 Proprietary Yes Yes Yes en SPICE, Gerber, DXF SPICE, PDF, Gerber, DXF
CircuitMaker by Altium Windows 2 2021-07 Proprietary Yes No Yes en Importer Removed since Last Version (1.3) Gerber, Excellon, DXF, STEP, PDF None
Wine
CR-5000 by Zuken POSIX 13 2011-05-17 Proprietary Yes Yes, SI & PI Yes 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
Windows
Unix
Linux
CR-8000 by Zuken POSIX 2020 2020-06-30 Proprietary Yes Yes, SI & PI, IBIS-AMI/SERDES Yes 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
Windows
Unix
Linux
DesignSpark PCB by RS Components Windows 9.0.3 2020-07-08 Proprietary Yes Yes, Spice Yes en EAGLE, DXF, EDIF Gerber, Excellon, ODB++, DXF, IDF, PDF, LPKF
DesignSpark PCB Pro by RS Components Windows 9.0.3 2020-07-08 Proprietary Yes Yes, Spice Yes en EAGLE, OrCAD, Easy-PC, NI Ultiboard, BoardMaker, DXF, PNL, EDIF Gerber, Excellon, ODB++, DXF, IDF, PDF, LPKF
DipTrace by Novarm POSIX 4.2.0.1 2021-11-18 Proprietary Yes External
(Spice netlist export)
Yes 21 languages Altium, Eagle, KiCad, OrCAD, P-CAD, PADS, Gerber, N/C Drill, DXF, BSDL Pinlist, Netlists Gerber, Gerber X2, Excellon, ODB++, DXF, Eagle, P-CAD, PADS, OrCAD, IPC-D-356, STEP, VRML, Pick and Place, CSV, BOM
Windows
Mac
Wine
EAGLE by Autodesk/CadSoft Computer POSIX 9.6.2 2020-05-27 Proprietary Yes Ngspice Yes 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)
Windows
Linux
Mac
EasyEDA POSIX 6.4.5 2020-08-19 Proprietary Yes Ngspice Yes 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
Windows
Linux
Mac
Chrome OS as a Web application
Fritzing POSIX 0.9.9[5]   2021-09-24 (2021-09-24) GPL-3.0-or-later Yes, + breadboard No Yes en, de, nl, es, it, fr, pt, ru, zh, jp, ... gEDA symbols, KiCad symbols, SVG Gerber, DIY etching, BOM, SVG, PDF, EPS
Windows
Linux
Mac
gEDA POSIX 1.10.2[6]   2020-12-22 (2020-12-22) GPL-2.0-or-later Yes Yes Yes en gschem netlists, image as background Gerber, Excellon, SVG, PDF, EPS, PNG, GIF, JPEG, Specctra, XYRS Guile (Scheme)
Windows
Linux
Mac
KiCad POSIX 6.0.5[7]   2022-05-04 (2022-05-04) GPL-3.0-or-later Yes Internal:
Ngspice
External:
SPICE netlist export
Yes zh_CN, de, en, es, fr, it, pt, ru, ja, pl, cz Altium, CadStar, EAGLE (XML), P-CAD, Fabmaster, TinyCAD net lists, OrCAD EDIF PDF, Gerber, Gerber X2, Excellon, netlist, VRML2, STEP, IDFv3 Python
Windows
Linux
Mac
Micro-Cap
(end-of-life)
Windows 12.0.2.3 2019-11-18 Proprietary Yes Yes 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
Wine
NI Ultiboard and Multisim by National Instruments Windows 14.2 [8] 2019-05-19 Proprietary Yes Yes Yes en MS*, MP*, EWB, Spice, OrCAD, UltiCap, Protel, Gerber, DXF, Ultiboard 4&5, Calay BOM, Gerber, Excellon, IGES (3D), DXF (2D & 3D), SVG
Web application[9]
OrCAD Windows 17.2 2016-10 Proprietary Yes Yes Yes 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 POSIX 3.0.2   2021-11-04 (2021-11-04) GPL-2.0-or-later No external: OpenEMS Yes en gschem netlists, Protel Autotrax, KiCad (legacy & s-expr layouts), EAGLE (XML & v3,4,5 binary layouts), eeschema netlists, mentor netlists, TinyCad netlists, Calay netlist, FreePCB/easyEDA netlist, LT-Spice, MUCS, Mentor Graphics Hyperlynx, image (BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG), HPGL, BXL, Specctra (DSN), PADS Gerber/[Excellon format|drill],SVG, PDF, EPS, PNG, GIF, JPEG, Specctra (DSN), PADS, Protel Autotrax, KiCad (legacy & s-expr), DXF, FidocadJ, Mentor Graphics Hyperlynx, template configurable XYRS/BOM Python, lua, perl, tcl, AWK (multiple dialects), lisp & scheme (multiple dialects), javascript, ruby, pascal, BASIC
Windows
Linux
Mac
Proteus by Labcenter Electronics Ltd Windows 8.14 2022-04-01 Proprietary Yes Yes Yes en Gerber, BMP, DXF PDF, Gerber, GerberX2, Excellon, ODB++, DXF, IDF, PKP, testpoint file, metafile, BMP. internal script
Pulsonix by WestDev Ltd Windows 10.0 2018-10-01 Proprietary Yes Yes Yes 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
Wine
TARGET 3001! Windows 30.2.0.63 2020-12-14 Proprietary Yes Yes Yes en, de, fr EAGLE, DXF, Gerber, Gerber, Excellon, BMP, CXF, STEP 3D Gerber, Gerber X2, 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 Package generator scripts, BOM scripts, printing and PDF generator scripts, 3D scripts
Wine
Upverter POSIX N/A 2019-05-10 Proprietary Yes No Yes 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
Windows
Web application
123D Circuits by Autodesk POSIX N/A Proprietary Yes, + breadboard Yes Yes en EAGLE Gerber
Windows
Web application
Application and developer Platform Latest release License Schematic? Simulation? PCB editing? User Interface Language(s) Imports Exports Scripting support
Version Date

Free softwareEdit

Name Architecture License Autorouter Comment
Electric *BSD, Java GPL-3.0-or-later 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[10] autorouter by using the FpcROUTE Specctra DSN design file translator.
Fritzing Windows, Mac, Linux GPL-3.0-or-later 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-2.0-or-later Yes schematic, simulation, PCB editor, gerber view
Gnucap any (C++98) GPL-2.0-or-later No Mixed-signal circuit simulator
Icarus Verilog *BSD, Linux, Mac GPL-2.0-or-later No Verilog simulator
KiCad Linux, Mac, Windows GPL-3.0-or-later 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 No 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 very-large-scale integration layout tool
Ngspice Linux, Solaris, Mac, NetBSD, FreeBSD, w32 BSD-3-Clause No SPICE + XSPICE + Cider
Oregano GPL-2.0-or-later No Schematic capture + spice simulation
Quite Universal Circuit Simulator (QUCS) Linux, Solaris, Mac, NetBSD, FreeBSD, w32 GPL-2.0-or-later No Schematic capture + Verilog + VHDL + simulation
pcb-rnd *BSD, Linux, Mac, w32 GPL-2.0-or-later Yes Circuit layout program with extended file format support, DRC, parametric footprints, query language, and GUI and command line operation for batch processing and automation
Verilator Posix LGPL-3.0-only or Artistic-2.0 No 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 No Used to produce netlists and publish high-quality drawings.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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