Electronic design automation

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Electronic Design Automation ( EDA ), refers to software for the design of electronics , especially microelectronics . It is a branch of computer-aided design (CAD) or computer-aided engineering (CAE). Instead of EDA, the term ECAD ( electronic CAD ) is also used.


The task of the EDA is to automate the design on different levels:

Provider of software for the design of integrated circuits

Alphabetically sorted selection of commercial EDA providers for the design of ICs, ASICs, FPGAs and printed circuit boards. Only universal EDA tool manufacturers that are not tied to a semiconductor manufacturer are listed:

Manufacturers of CPLDs and FPGAs often offer their customers their own EDA tools at very favorable conditions, since these companies do not live from software licenses, but rather use them as marketing in order to be able to sell their ICs better. Important providers of such EDA tools are all well-known providers such as Altera , Xilinx and Actel . In part, their tools also consist of limited tools from the providers mentioned above.

Programs for the design of printed circuit boards

Alphabetically sorted selection of programs for circuit board design:

see also: PCB layout: software


  • J. Lienig: Layout Synthesis of Electronic Circuits - Basic Algorithms for Design Automation . 2nd edition, Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg / New York 2016, ISBN 978-3-662-49814-9 .
  • V. Meyer zu Bexten: User-Controlled Layout Synthesis for Analog Integrated Circuits . Shaker, Aachen 1994, ISBN 3-8265-0093-8 .
  • K. Mitzner, B. Doe, A. Akulin, A. Suponin, D. Müller: Complete PCB Design Using OrCAD Capture and PCB Editor, 2nd Edition. Elsevier / Academic Press 2019, ISBN 9780128176849

Individual evidence

  1. Florian Schäffer : EasyEDA: Web-based circuit diagram and circuit board editor. In: heise online. 19th December 2016 .;