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

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"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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