It includes an auto-router option if your design is not so complicated or you can use manual routing in designing your layout. Engineers prefer this software because of its direct circuit to board designing capabilities and its back annotate feature. Key Features: • Real-time DRC • Shape-based auto-router • 3D Preview and STEP export • Multi-sheet and hierarchical schematics • Smart manual routing tools • Wide import and export capabilities Cost: • DipTrace Full: $995 (unlimited pins, Unlimited signal layers) • DipTrace Extended: $ 695 (2000 pins, 6 signal layers) • DipTrace Standard: $ 395 (1000 pins, 4 signal layers) • DipTrace Lite: $ 145 (500 pins, 2 signal layers) • DipTrace Starter: $ 75 (300 pins, 2 signal layers) 2: PCBWeb is another design software supporting both schematics and PCB layout. It not only simplifies hardware designing but allover has some neat features and tools to help with your design. And did we mention this software is completely free? Key Features: • Route multi-layer boards with support for copper pours and DRC checking. • Integrated Arrow Parts Catalog with Bill of Materials Manager.
• Design multi-sheet schematics with our fast and easy-to-use wiring tool. 3: KiCad EDA is an open source software suite for EDA (Electronic Design Automation). It has a schematic editor to create your design without limit and a 3D viewer to inspect your design. This design software is also free and easily available.
Key Features: • Up to 32 copper layers • Draw your track while KiCad pushes forward traces that are in the way or reroutes tracks around obstacles. • Push and shove router makes sure your DRC constraints are respected • Footprint editor (GAL) 4: DesignSpark is a 3D CAD modeling software. It enables users to create their files through the direct modeling approach.
It is easy to use especially because of the idea to take concepts and design PCB boards and layouts. This software is also free to use but requires registration. Key Features: • Seamless integration into existing design workflows • No limitation on the schematic size • Use as many layers as needed for PCB designs • The maximum size of PCB is 1m x 1m • Create your own parts models in the library editor or access the ready-to-use embedded libraries • Prepare unrestricted Gerber and ODB++ files to order PCBs or let Design Spark’s PCB quote service build it for you 5. Autodesk Eagle is a powerful and easy-to-use PCB design and schematic software used for its rich yet simple interface. It has intuitive tools and easily accessible library content. Key Features: • Easy-to-use schematic editor.