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EDA/CAD Tools for
Open Source Hardware Design
Nikhilesh Prasannakumar
Engineer. Educator. Entrepruner.
www.nprasan.in

FOS...
Open Source Hardware
 Single-Board Computers

 Microcontrollers
 Music / Audio Systems
 Camera / Video Processors

 A...
Why Open Source Hardware ?

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FOSS + OSHW = ?

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Hardware Design Tools
Electronic Design Automation (EDA)/Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Licensed
 Cadence OrCAD™

 KiCAD (...
Go Open Source !
 No size constraints
 Design hardware that is as small or as big as you want !

 No device constraints...
What’s the Catch ?

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Real men do not use libraries.
They make them !
– Annonymous

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KiCAD
An Open Source Cross-Platform EDA Tool

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KiCAD Features
 Components
 kicad – project manager
 eeschema – schematic editor
 cvpcb – component footprint selector...
Hands on with KiCAD

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An introduction to open source EDA/CAD tools that enable free and unconstrained design of open hardware projects.

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  1. 1. EDA/CAD Tools for Open Source Hardware Design Nikhilesh Prasannakumar Engineer. Educator. Entrepruner. www.nprasan.in FOSSMeet '14 - NIT Calicut February 2014
  2. 2. Open Source Hardware  Single-Board Computers  Microcontrollers  Music / Audio Systems  Camera / Video Processors  Amateur Radio (HAM)  Robotics  Machining  Communication Systems  Automobiles 2 FOSSMeet '14 - NIT Calicut February 2014
  3. 3. Why Open Source Hardware ? 3 FOSSMeet '14 - NIT Calicut February 2014
  4. 4. FOSS + OSHW = ? 4 FOSSMeet '14 - NIT Calicut February 2014
  5. 5. Hardware Design Tools Electronic Design Automation (EDA)/Computer Aided Design (CAD) Licensed  Cadence OrCAD™  KiCAD (win/linux/mac)  Labcenter Proteus™  gEDA (linux/mac)  CadSoft EAGLE  Fritzing (win/linux/mac)  Novarm DipTrace ®  FreePCB (win)  … and many more 5 Open Source  … and a few more FOSSMeet '14 - NIT Calicut February 2014
  6. 6. Go Open Source !  No size constraints  Design hardware that is as small or as big as you want !  No device constraints  Use any number of devices or components you need.  No layer constraints  Tinker with the designs of 16-layer boards  No license constraints  GNU GPL license allows you to use your designs for anything from prototyping to mass production. NO RESTRICTIONS ! 6 FOSSMeet '14 - NIT Calicut February 2014
  7. 7. What’s the Catch ? “ 7 Real men do not use libraries. They make them ! – Annonymous FOSSMeet '14 - NIT Calicut February 2014
  8. 8. KiCAD An Open Source Cross-Platform EDA Tool 8 FOSSMeet '14 - NIT Calicut February 2014
  9. 9. KiCAD Features  Components  kicad – project manager  eeschema – schematic editor  cvpcb – component footprint selector  pcbnew – PCB layout with Wings3D based 3D View  gerbview – Gerber format viewer  wxWidgets based GUI design  Runs on Linux, OS X, Windows  Simple human-readable ASCII based file formats  Autorouting support 9 FOSSMeet '14 - NIT Calicut February 2014
  10. 10. Hands on with KiCAD 10 FOSSMeet '14 - NIT Calicut February 2014
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