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what software should I use for PCB design?

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zimerstov

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PCB software

in your own opinion, what software should I use for PCB design.
What industry uses?
 

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It it popular to use Cadence PSD 14.2 ( Allergo ) for PCB Layout , but also somebody use Mentor or PowerPCB
 

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Dear...

I have use PCB Software many years, so this is my opinion : for Smal and easy design U can use PowerPCB, Orcad, Protel. for Complex and hishspeed design U should use Cadence PSD14.xx or Mentor WG, and use Spectraquest or IXC to simulation. HP company use BoardStaion of Mentor, but it very complex to learn and use so U can use WG, it also power full for PCB design in Highspeed design field.

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Concat
 

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Re: PCB software

zimerstov said:
in your own opinion, what software should I use for PCB design.
What industry uses?
I use Mentor WG2002, is very powerful, but also very expensive and
with continuous changes of terms and conditions.
An alternative can be Zuken Cadstar or Cadence Allegro.

mkbs.
:wink:
 

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for simple pcb you can use eagle-cad (it is free for 1/2 eurocard format pcb).
For industrial use i think that orcad is the standard
 

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PCAD is a good alternative as for cost and operation.
Thought for simple designs and complexes.

Good Look!!
 

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Has anyone here heard of DipTrace? I know someone that used DipTrace for a while and he thought it was good.
 

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but i cant understand eagle..it has not an easy interface like circuit wizard,multisim(eg--just drag the component)..it is complex
 

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Eagle has lots of library components and it is easier to add them also
 

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I recently installed Kicad (free). Schematic and PCB editor work very well. Easy to learn does up to 16 layers.
A little bit of work to collect libraries for components but now I have over 15,000 footprints at my disposal.
Good help files and component / symbol editors work good as well.
Would highly recommend if on a tight budget.

scanman
 

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I use Diptrace. It is easy to work with. And easily understandable.
 

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Being right smack in the middle of the industry and using the software myself, Eagle is used by a few of our customers to make their boards.

I work in a facility that assembles circuit boards for major companies like the military, Boeing, Raytheon, Caterpillar and a few hundred others.
 

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i have been used Altium Designer for many years. I think its great. It is smart, having many functions. Moreover, u can simulate circuits. Vote for Altium Designer.
 

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Ive been doing embedded design and pcb layout for 20 years. Im new to these forums, but I had to post this because I am so excited about it.

I just changed our company over to Proteus. I had it two days and I am blown away. I have a product already layed out and viewed with 3D rendering.

This company is doing something right! Software was very affordable and incredibly powerful.
 

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