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Electric CAD program on Linux

Feb 18, 2011, 15:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"If you are an electrical engineer, or someone who likes to dabble in designing electrical circuit boards (or anything with regards to electricity) and you're looking for a FOSS (Free, Open Source Software) CAD program to aid you in the process, then Electric might be the solution. Although it doesn't have the most modern looking GUI – what electrical engineer really cares about how "modern looking" a GUI is? – Electric offers a lot of features and will serve you well in your designs.

"Let's take a look at the features Electric offers as well as the installation and basic usage of the tool.

"Features

* Design rule checking
* Electrical rule checking
* Simulation and simulation interface (many options)
* Generation (ROMs, PLAs, Pad Frames, etc.)
* Compaction
* Routing
* VHDL compilation
* Silicon compilation
* Network consistency checking (LVS)
* Logical Effort analysis
* Project Management

"Not a bad feature-set for a piece of free CAD software."

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