Useful Resources

Here you will find some interesting links, apps, books, and tools that could be a very handy asset to have in System & Electronics, PCB or Product design, Management, Productivity, and life.


Electronics & PCB Design Apps

Altium Designer

Is a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design software, Power Delivery Network (PDN), Signal integrity (SI) and Impedance simulator. The software is just awesome and used at CERN, SpaceX, INFN, and others. It features many courses online.
Price varies – Free 30 day trial

KiCAD EDA

Is an open source Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software for Windows, OSX and Linux. It will help you create PCB circuits for free. Officially supported by CERN, it also features many online courses and a wide user base.
OPEN SOURCE – FREE

EasyEDA Designer

Is a browser-based EDA tool suite for PCB design, circuit simulation, project sharing and direct manufacturing links. It is easy to use, learn and definitely my goto when teaching high school students on how to do PCB design from scratch.
FREE or 4.9$ per month


Electronics & PCB Simulation Apps

QUCS

Is an integrated circuit simulator, which means you are able to setup a circuit with a graphical user interface (GUI) and simulate the behaviour of the circuit with DC, AC, S-parameter, Harmonic Balance analysis, noise analysis, etc.
OPEN SOURCE – FREE

Saturn PCB toolkit

Is a PCB design related calculator software with a very simple GUI that can help you to compute Microstrip, Stripline and Differential pair impedance, Via & PCB trace max fuse current, Planar inductor, Crosstalk and much more.
FREEWARE – FREE

PathWave ADS

is an electronic design automation software that provides an integrated design environment aimed to the development of Radio Frequency (RF) and MicroWave (MW) electronics devices. Steep learning curve, but very useful.
PRICE VARIES

Fast Field Solvers

Is an ElectroMagnetic Workbench (composed by FastHenry2, FastCap2, VoxHenry, FastImp) that can help with inductance, impedance and capacitance estraction. The GUI might not seem so intuitive at first, but worth the effort.
OPEN SOURCE – FREE

emGine

Is a full-wave 3D electromagnetic field simulation environment solving Maxwell’s equations in time-domain. The development is stalled for the moment and there are issues in the software, but being free, it might be of use for someone.
FREEWARE – FREE

FEMM

is a Finite element solver (Finite Element Method Magnetics) for 2D and axisymmetric magnetic, electrostatic, heat flow, and current flow problems with graphical pre and post processors. Definitely not as user friendly as the first three softwares here, but powerful.
FREEWARE – FREE


Management & System Design

Trello

is a web-based (with desktop and mobile apps) Kanban-style list-making application. You can create ToDo Lists on a virtual blackboard, stick post-its, move them from “doing” to”done” and keep tracking your project developments. I use it for everything.
FREE + premium plans

Whimsical

Is a browser-based online white board that can be shared between team members to think together over flow charts, wireframes, and mind maps. Very useful in Project and System design to define block diagrams and the inter-relation between the project’s domains.
FREE + premium plans

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