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Microchip’s MPLAB development platform for embedded design applications
Circuit design is big business and its design implementation has been trickling down to the maker market since the onset of single-board computers, which have become increasingly popular in recent years. This is also prevalent in the microcontroller (MCU) market that allows customers to configure the system to suit their needs. Of course, most of the companies that manufacture MCUs have their own set of free tools customers can use to help them along, such as Microchip's MPLAB development platform. This platform includes everything from compilers to emulators and debuggers for just about every facet of circuit design. Some of the more popular tools include the MPLAB X IDE for developing microcontroller/digital signal controller (DSC) code, MPLAB ICD 3 for in-circuit debugging and MPLAB REAL ICE emulator for Microchip Flash DSC and MCU devices.
More information: MPLAB.

Circuit design is big business and its design implementation has been trickling down to the maker market since the onset of single-board computers, which have become increasingly popular in recent years. This is also prevalent in the microcontroller (MCU) market that allows customers to configure the system to suit their needs. Of course, most of the companies that manufacture MCUs have their own set of free tools customers can use to help them along, such as Microchip’s MPLAB development platform. This platform includes everything from compilers to emulators and debuggers for just about every facet of circuit design. Some of the more popular tools include the MPLAB X IDE for developing microcontroller/digital signal controller (DSC) code, MPLAB ICD 3 for in-circuit debugging and MPLAB REAL ICE emulator for Microchip Flash DSC and MCU devices.

More information: MPLAB.

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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.

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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

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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

 

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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!

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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

 

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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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