Signs is a development environment for hardware designs in various hardware description languages. The tackled tasks are compilation, synthesis, simulation, and testing of designs. Due to the integration of these main areas, it provides the ability to debug designs in an all-embracing manner by switching between source code, netlist, and simulation. Supported languages include VHDL and the ISCAS benchmark format. Signs comes in two flavors: a command-line only version useful for processing and analyzing large netlists and as an Eclipse plugin for hardware design and simulation.
JHDL is a set of FPGA CAD tools which allows the user to design the structure and layout of a circuit, debug the circuit in simulation, netlist, and interface with backend tools for synthesis, etc. It is an exploratory attempt to identify the key features and functionality of good FPGA tools.
FSMDesigner is a Finite State Machine (FSM) design tool with integrated Hardware Description Language (HDL) generation. It uses the Simple-Moore FSM model, guaranteeing efficient fast complex control circuits. It features graphical design of FSMs, support for automatic default transitions, validation of FSMs, a well-defined XML file format, generation of RTL HDL output for both Verilog and VHDL, full scriptability in Python, a modern GUI with undo and redo, simulation mode support, and table based data manipulation.
The Eagle EDA software is composed of tightly integrated modules for PCB design, including Schematic Capture, Board Layout, and Autorouter. There is a free full-function (only board size limited) non-commercial license available for hobby and educational use as well. Windows, DOS, and of course, Linux versions are available.
KiCad EDA is software for the creation of electronic schematic diagrams and printed circuit board artwork. It is a set of four programs and a project manager: Eeschema (schematic entry), Pcbnew (a board editor), Gerbview (a Gerber viewer (photoplotter documents)), and Cvpcb (a footprint selector for components used in the circuit design). Kicad is the project manager. It includes a 3D visualization feature.
ChipVault is a chip development program for organizing VHDL and Verilog designs. ChipVault displays designs hierarchically and provides for rapid design navigation and editor launching. ChipVault provides hooks for performing bottom-up tasks such as launching RTL compilers, synthesis, block generation and instantiation, and includes simple to use Revision Control and Issue Tracking systems to help facilitate large group design projects with multiple designers and hundreds of design files. ChipVault is written in Perl and is small, fast, and efficient.
Pcb is a handy tool for the X Window System to design printed circuit boards. All coordinate units are 1/1000 inch. A layout consists of lines, arcs, polygons, elements (lines, pins and arcs), vias, and text information seperated into several layers. Each of them is identified by a unique name and color (if supported by your display). SMD circuits are also supported. Eight layers are supported, in addition to a silkscreen layer. Visibility of pins and SMD pads and vias is controllable. All files are 7-bit ASCII, and can be preprocessed with any Unix command that writes its results to stdout (GNU m4 is required). Zooming, unlimited undo, and unlimited redo are supported. Pcb is intended to be a simple tool without memory and time consuming features like autorouter and autoplacement. Layout related settings are saved together with the data.
Electronic Engineering Tool is a Web-based tool that includes an electronic formula calculator and converter functions. It very useful when working with electronics, both for engineers and amateurs. For example, it includes converters for dBm-to-Watt and Fahrenheit-to-Celsius, and it can calculate Ohm's law, filters, thermal resistant C/W, SWR, coil inductance, capacitor capacity, and more.