From: Farhad Abdolian
Subject: Re: EDA Software
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Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 19:47:31 GMT
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Organization: Road Runner - NYC
Depends on what you are looking for, if you are interested in a comple design
platform for schematic, pcb, fpga and simulation I think it is worth it, but if
not, the even the Eagle standard (4 layers) would be enough.
I have used Eagle for the past 4-5 years mostely for small prototype boards and
never used the professional one, and used Mentor Graphics, Orcad and Protel for
professional designs, so maybe there are functions in the professional Eagle
that I am not aware of, but if the functionality is the same, I would rather pay
the difference for those small extra futures.
>I have been playing with EAGLE and the cost for the the full blown version
>is $1200 while Protel and Orcad is around $8000. My question is their a big
>enought difference in these packages that it would justify the difference?
>At the moment I am leaning towards EAGLE.
>"Farhad Abdolian" wrote in
>> "Geraldo Sazias" wrote:
>> Just remember EAGLE is not free for comesial use, it is free as long as
>> it for personal/hobby use, but if you want to make money selling the
>> you have to pay for it.
>> I personally prefer to pay for a more advance system such as Protel or
>> it comes to multi layer boards and BGA chips, it costs much more, but what
>> pay is what you get,
>> >Try Eagle (http://www.cadsoft.de/).
>> >There are good autorouters, but the placing of the components is critical
>> >and you have to do that by hand. In general, you should group the
>> >as in the schematic, then optimize the placement (keep pressing the
>> >'Ratsnest' button).