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Cypress Perform’s PSoC Creator3.0 SP1 -- design an SoC.
Where is design engineering headed? All in one chip.

Today's world is all about mobile devices and SBCs that feature self-contained SoCs (System on a Chip), which allows everything from the CPU to the GPU to be housed on a single piece of silicon (or other material). SoC design is no longer limited to tech companies with sophisticated manufacturing centers, as technology advancements have made it possible of makers and home-based engineers to design their own PSoCs at their leisure. As you could have guessed there are free software development tools for those as well, such as Cypress Perform's PSoC Creator3.0 SP1, which allows users to design their own Programmable System on a Chip and have it manufactured (that part costs). The software suite comes with everything needed in an integrated design platform, including PSoC Creator for hardware/firmware application design centered on PSoC 3, PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP systems. It also includes PSoC Components that let users drag and drop virtual analog and digital customizable components to suit their needs with a full set of API libraries. Lastly, the software platform features a built in C source-code compiler/editor complete with a debugging tool to root out any unwanted glitches in their creations. There is also a full communications library for I2C, USB, UART, and SPI interfaces. There's a lot that can be done using the PSoC creator and that might be an indication of what the future of circuit design will become, as more 
makers, hobbyists and engineers are able to produce their own SoCs from the comfort of their own homes. With 3D printers and outsourcing manufacturing becoming more affordable over time, it makes it easy for people to produce their own SoCs fairly easy.
More information: Cypress Perform's PSoC Creator3.0 SP1.

Where is design engineering headed? All in one chip.

Today’s world is all about mobile devices and SBCs that feature self-contained SoCs (System on a Chip), which allows everything from the CPU to the GPU to be housed on a single piece of silicon (or other material). SoC design is no longer limited to tech companies with sophisticated manufacturing centers, as technology advancements have made it possible of makers and home-based engineers to design their own PSoCs at their leisure. As you could have guessed there are free software development tools for those as well, such as Cypress Perform’s PSoC Creator3.0 SP1, which allows users to design their own Programmable System on a Chip and have it manufactured (that part costs). The software suite comes with everything needed in an integrated design platform, including PSoC Creator for hardware/firmware application design centered on PSoC 3, PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP systems. It also includes PSoC Components that let users drag and drop virtual analog and digital customizable components to suit their needs with a full set of API libraries. Lastly, the software platform features a built in C source-code compiler/editor complete with a debugging tool to root out any unwanted glitches in their creations. There is also a full communications library for I2C, USB, UART, and SPI interfaces. There’s a lot that can be done using the PSoC creator and that might be an indication of what the future of circuit design will become, as more makers, hobbyists and engineers are able to produce their own SoCs from the comfort of their own homes. With 3D printers and outsourcing manufacturing becoming more affordable over time, it makes it easy for people to produce their own SoCs fairly easy.

More information: Cypress Perform’s PSoC Creator3.0 SP1.

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hainam
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ICircuit is not Free
hainam   7/21/2014 11:45:00 PM
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In the article number 7. The author wrote this app is free but it is not.

Tim R Johnson
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Re: Free PCB
Tim R Johnson   7/6/2014 11:00:53 PM
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For viewing Gerber files I recommend GC-Prevue from www.graphicode.com.  It is a free Gerber file viewer.  They also have other more-capable purchasable tools.

Dave39
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Add QUCS to the Free Design Tools
Dave39   7/4/2014 9:04:06 PM
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Quite Universal Circuit Simulator (QUCS) is a great little Spice-like open-source tool that runs quickly, has a wide range of components, rather intuitie interface (but a so-so manual), and will execute S-parameter analysis. Available at qucs.sourceforge.net/.  

jim_kirk
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Re: Pari/GP; other apps; Question
jim_kirk   6/30/2014 1:32:47 PM
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I've used Eureqa by www.nutonian.com, sounds similar.  There's a useful but limited free version.

docdivakar
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Re: Free PCB
docdivakar   6/30/2014 1:00:41 PM
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I have tried FreePCB couple of times, it is not bad for most projects with 16 layers or less. Some features I wish it had are viewing Gerber files, import/export of DXF files and print capability!

MP Divakar

KB3001
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What is the basis of this ranking?
KB3001   6/29/2014 6:29:41 PM
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Is this ranking based on a survey of engineers? If so, what is the size of the sample and how was the sample chosen?

DaveMcGuire
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Re: don't pigeonhole R
DaveMcGuire   6/27/2014 4:31:45 PM
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Absolutely.  Have a great weekend!

 

                -Dave

 

LiketoBike
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Re: don't pigeonhole R
LiketoBike   6/27/2014 4:28:31 PM
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:-)  Yes, it can be a rare commodity when engineers interact with non-engineers!  Oh, well, c'est la vie!

DaveMcGuire
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Re: don't pigeonhole R
DaveMcGuire   6/27/2014 3:43:15 PM
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I cannot disagree.  I suppose I've been lucky a lot of the time; I usually have the opportunity to insist that things are done properly.  I don't take that for granted. ;)

 

                               -Dave

 

LiketoBike
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Re: don't pigeonhole R
LiketoBike   6/27/2014 3:41:33 PM
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Not disputing that.  But time is a constraint that must also be accommodated...and meeting the schedule is not always "not good engineering." 

 

I think we have to meet in the middle here.

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