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Published Time: 2021-04-11 17:19:06
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Circuit Design Software On Linux:

As Linux OS have become one of the most popular opensource OS for Servers and Desktop, many software will release a linux version . It also applies to the circuit design software .Since we are using the Linux as our Operationg System , and We would like to search some Circuit Design Software Based On Linux .

So let me introduce some types of Circuit design software in order to make readers more esaily choose their favorite Linux-based software .

1.EasyEDA . As a cross-platform Circuit desgin software , which is used on the browser and stored on the clound server . EasyEDA provides shematic capture , pcb layout , spice simulation and online pcb order functions which will give you an easy EDA design journey and make your circuit design work more easily and more productively . You could run it on windows , mac , linux or android platform ,as long as there is one brwoser on the OS and connecting to network.

Let me have a preview of what EasyEDA provides :

I.Schematic capture

This is a most important function of the circuit design software ,almost every circuit design software provides schematic capture function . Because it is the basic entrance of understanding the circuit you design . What is more ,it could be used to be converted into pcb design file .

Here is a screenshot of one scheamtic :

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One Schematic—Arduino 2560 Schematic

II.Spice simulaton .

There are many spice simulation tools such as Multisim , Proteus, Ltspice , KtechLab .

EasyEDA provides many simulation models and the quick way to building models for Integrated circuits .

Also ,EasyEDA provides Waveform viewer to preview the simulation results .

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Spice Simulation Example .

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Spice Simulation Waveform Viewer

III.PCB layout

Almost all circuit design softwares provide PCB layout function .

This is the way to produce the PCB board and the basic tool.

EasyEDA provides laying out unlimited pads , size of the boards , and more than 6 layrers of PCB Boards.

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PCB Layout

IV.Import from third-party EDA Tools

EasyEDA can import files from Altium Designer , LTspice ,Eagle, Kicad .

V.Export Files

EasyEDA can export EasyEDA source ,SVG source ,SVG file ,Image(png),and Pdf files.

VI.PCB Order .

EasyEDA provides online ordering PCB. When completing your Circuit PCB Design , if you do not want to spend much time on making your own PCB , you could order online PCB .

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The second most popular software running on linux I would like to introduce is DipTrace .

DipTrace is an EDA software for designing schematic and PCB boards .

It is based on Windows ,Mac , Linux .

The Developers provide mutil-lingual interface and tutorials .

DipTrace has 4 modules: Schematic Capture Editor, PCB Layout Editor with built-in shape-based autorouter and 3D Preview & Export, Component Editor, and Pattern Editor.

There are some basic Features about DipTrace :

I.Simple UI

II.Multi-sheet and hierarchical schematics

III.High-speed shape-based autorouter

IV.Smart manual routing tools

V.Wide import / export capabilities

VI.Advanced verifications with real-time DRC

VII.Real-time 3D PCB preview & STEP export

VIII.Manufacturing output

There are five modules for DipTrace .

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Schematic Capture

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PCB Layout

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3D Preview and Export

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Component Editor

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Pattern Editor


gEDA is so important for it is firstly started in an effort to remedy the lack of free software EDA for Linux/Unix . And one of the long standing goal for gEDA is to provide a suite od EDA application for Linux .

All applications in the gEDA suite compile and run on Linux. So it is the software that I could not miss on introducing circuit design software on Linux.

There are three main features gEDA provides:

I.gEDA provides schematic capture :

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II.gEDA provides PCB Editor

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III.gerber file viewer

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Here I should have to mention the term “gEDA Suite”.

The term“gEDA”refers to all free software projects and applications that have asscioated with the gEDA project .

These include:

· gEDA/gaf - gschem and friends (the original project)

· PCB - PCB layout program

· Gerbv - Gerber file viewer

· ngspice - a port of Berkeley SPICE

· GnuCap - A modern electronic circuit simulation program

· gspiceui - A GUI front end for ngspice/GnuCap

· gwave - An analog waveform viewer

· gaw - An analog waveform viewer a rewrite of gwave. Works with gspiceui.

· Icarus Verilog - A Verilog simulator

· GTKWave - A digital waveform viewer

· wcalc - Transmission line and electromagnetic structure analysis

For the importance of Linux to electronic design ,the open-source developers recognize it many years ago , and the gEDA is the proof of their early insight .

The gEDA Project remains a federation of software tools developed by different (but sometimes overlapping) programmers.

The thread which holds the project together is the shared vision of creating a powerful, community-based, open-source EDA toolkit.

4.Qucs Quite Universal Circuit Simulator (Qucs) is an open-source electronic circuit simulator software release under the GPL .

It give you the ability to setup a circuit with graphical user interface and simulate the large-signal, small-signal and noise behaviour of the circuit.

Qucs supports a growing list of analog and digital components as well as SPICE sub-circuits. It is intended to be much simpler to use and handle than other circuit simulators like gEDA or PSPICE.

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Now let me introduce a very-large-integration layout tool originally written by John Ousterhout his graduate students at UC Berkeley during the 1980s.

As a free and opensource software ,subject to the requirement of BSD Licence ,Magic continues to be popular because it is easy to use and easy to expand for specialized tasks .

Magic is widely cited as being the easiest tool to use for circuit layout, even for people who ultimately rely on commercial tools for their product design flow.

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So far I have recommend several circuit design tools on Linux .

There are also Kicad ,eagle ,Fritzing,Open Circuit Design, and some other kinds of software that can run on Linux .

As for the restriction of article length, Here I do not list all the circuit design software with detailed descriptions .

Hope you could enjoy the free and all-platform supported tools like Easyeda, the linux-originated software tool like gEDA, the very-large-integration layout tool like Magic etc .

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ID Name Designator Quantity
1 npn Q1,Q2 2
2 100k R1,R4 2
3 22k R2 1
4 820 R3 1
5 2k RC 1
6 200 RE 1
7 56k R5,RLOAD 2
8 10uF C1,C4,C2 3
9 100uF C8,C6 2
10 0.1uF C3,C7,C5 3
11 SINE(0 5mV 100k) V1 1
12 15V V2 1


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