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Showing posts with label Learning-Software. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Learning-Software. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

ABACOM LochMaster - BreadBoard projects

A Schematic design has been made, either from experience coupled with testing out application note blocks together. It could also be trying out an idea from a Magazine. If you have simulation tools, you may want to simulate parts of the design and iron out some flaws.

Now if this design is small or made of tested blocks and maybe verified by a seasoned designer. Then you can move to pilot production of 7 Nos.

If you cannot afford the risk and the cost of iterations. Sometimes making the PCB may delay the design so much, that the "Time to Market" will be too long. Then you lose out to the competition.

So... or Hence or even Thus ... A quick Breadboard or Stripboard testing not only validates your schematic, but improves your design skills by making you more familiar with the components and their behavior. The real world limitations and the non-ideal electrical specifications of passives, semiconductors and chips too. This brings us back to the word Didactic. We should always have both the feet on the Ground.

I wrote this note above inspired by the LochMaster, few years ago.

ABACOM LochMaster - BreadBoard projects

LochMaster 4.0 is a developers tool for BreadBoard projects. It has useful functions for designing, documenting and testing project
boards.

ABACOM Ingenieurgesellschaft - LochMaster

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fritzing is Product Design or EDA in Simplicity

"Fritzing is an EDA - Electronic Design Automation software with a low entry barrier, suited for the needs of designers and artists. It uses the metaphor of the breadboard.."

Fritzing is Product Design or EDA in Simplicity

"in the spirit of Processing and Arduino, developing a tool that allows users to document their Arduino and other electronic-based prototypes, and to create a PCB layout for manufacturing."

Fritzing Starter Kit to start learning Arduino

Fritzing Starter Kit to start learning Arduino

Related Reading -
  • Processing - open source programming language and environment
  • Arduino - open-source electronics prototyping platform.

Monday, June 14, 2010

VeeCAD for Stripboard with Auto Router

VeeCAD takes a schematic generated netlist and assists you to build a layout - but on stripboard (Veroboard). The usual design tools are provided: netlist import, component footprint definition, component positioning, wiring and connectivity check.

VeeCAD for Stripboard with Auto Router

Engineers and hobbyists use VeeCAD for prototypes and small quantity builds, saving hours planning layouts on graph paper.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tina - The Complete Electronics Lab

Edison - provides a unique new environment for learning electricity and electronics. Teachers, students and electronics enthusiasts can use digitally scanned photorealistic components, a solderless breadboard, virtual instruments, sound and animation.......

DesignSoft - Learn with Edison Newton Tina

Select realistic batteries, resistors, diodes, LEDs, transistors, logic gates, flip-flops, and even microcontrollers & integrated circuits all easily available on the shelves of your multimedia lab. Drag them onto your "breadboard" and wire them together with your mouse. Your circuit begins working immediately so you can test and troubleshoot it with virtual instruments. In addition, Edison automatically prepares a standard schematic diagram and displays it simultaneously.

Tina - The Complete Electronics Lab

Powerful yet affordable software package for analyzing, designing and real time testing analog, digital, VHDL, MCU, and mixed electronic circuits and their PCB layouts. You can also analyze RF, communication, optoelectronic circuits, test & debug microcontroller applications.

A unique feature of TINA that you can bring your circuit to life with the optional USB controlled TINALab II hardware which turns your computer into a powerful, multifunction T&M instrument. Electrical engineers will find TINA an easy to use, high performance tool, while educators will welcome its unique features for the training environment.

DesignSoft - Learn with Edison Newton Tina

Newton - provides a completely new way of teaching and learning physics by exploring kinematics and dynamics in 3D. Build, manipulate or investigate real-life 3D physics experiments interactively, solve problems, and more.

Zelscope Sound card oscilloscope

Zelscope Sound card oscilloscope

Zelscope is a Windows software that converts your PC into a dual-trace storage oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer. It uses your computer's sound card as analog-to-digital converter, presenting a real-time waveform or spectrum of the signal - which can be music, speech, or output from an electronic circuit.

Zelscope Sound card oscilloscopeZ

Zelscope features the interface of a traditional oscilloscope, with conventional gain, offset, timebase, and trigger controls. As a real-time spectrum analyzer, Zelscope can display the amplitude and phase components of the spectrum.