Best Professional PCB Design Software

Best Professional PCB Design Software

Best Professional PCB Design Software For any production level of electronic device printed circuit board is the backbone for the electronic device. Traditionally in early days, Printed circuit boards were designed manually by creating a photomask on a clear mylar sheet which will be about two or four times the actual size of the PCB. Traces were made using self-adhesive tape and pre-printed non-reproducing grids on the mylar assisted in a layout. Modern PCBs are designed with dedicated PCB Design software.

There are numerous software packages available for designing printed circuit boards and sometimes it becomes daunting to decide and choose the Best Professional PCB Design Software. However,  it is the type & complexity of the design which ultimately should be considered before finalizing any of the software. Some of the common & most popular software which are used in PCB designing are Altium, Eagle, and orcad.

 

Things to consider before choosing a Package

  1. Type of application and purpose: Is it for a hobby? Consumer or Industrial market? Or for Mission-critical project or product?
  2. Portability: Free tools and program sometimes do not allow to export or convert the design. Understand the limitations.
  3. Capability: Understand diversified layout design limitations – is it a number of boards or components? Is your design for one-time use or it’s scalable?
  4. Community Support: More popular the package, more changes of getting ready-made libraries for the part number which will be required in the project.
  5. Ease-of-use: Don’t worry too much about it. All tools seem complicated initially and practice is the key to know about the tools.

The list below gives an idea about some of the Best Professional PCB Design Software, but this list cannot be considered exhaustive and should be used only to understand PCB Design software comparative key features.

Free Basic PCB Design Software Tools

  1. PCB WEB

PCB Web supports both schematics and PCB layouts for electronics engineers who are looking to simplify the hardware design. PCB WEB is an ideal tool for designing and manufacturing electronics hardware.

Key Features:

  • To design multi-sheet schematics with PCB webs is fast and easy to use writing tool.
  • Route multi-layer boards with support for copper pours and DRC checking
  1. Tiny CAD Software

Tiny CAD software helps in drawing electrical circuit diagrams or schematic drawings which will be printed on printed circuit board (PCB). This software allows to copied and pasted into a word document. This Tinycad comes with many symbol libraries.

Key Features:

    • Flat or hierarchical schematic entry
    • Includes many popular PCB layout-compatible netlist formats
    • Convenient support for embedding graphical images in a drawing
    • Mostly used to draw one-line diagrams, block diagrams, and presentation drawings
  1. BSch3V

BSch3V is a popular design software tool for electronics engineers who need a free solution.BSch3V is for windows vista/7/8/10 and basic functions to simplify operations.

Key Features:

  • Component library editor
  • Parts list generator
  • Netlist generator
  • Automatic numbering software
  • Source code and component library
  • Basic schematic capture
  1. CircuitMaker

Circuit maker also works together to invent circuits and electronics products. Electronic engineers looking to create products to better the future often use circuit maker to turn their idea into products.

Key features:

  • Design high-quality schematics and PCBs with no artificial limits on layers counts or board areas
  • Rely on the community to find reference designs and to promote and rate others projects.
  • Setup teams for collaborative designs
  1. ZenitPCB

ZenitPCB is a free PCB layout software tools for electronic projects a flexible and easy to use program zenitPCB helps electronics engineers create projects in a short time because it is intuitive

Key features

  • Designed for personal or semi-professional use
  • Limited to 800 pins
  • Developed by PCB designer
  • Create PCB in a speedy intuitive way

Paid PCB Design Software Tools

  1. Protel (Altium Designer)

Portel introduced the circuit board design software in the circuit industry it is a good one for two layers board however it becomes harder to use when it comes to 4 layers. Altium Designer is efficient easy to use and meet the requirements of the professional electronics engineers.

Key features:

Product inspired designs by concentrating more on the creative aspects of workflow

Effortless design automation

Verify designs in the mechanical world

Centralized trusted design assets

  1. PADS (Power PCB)

PADS is the king of the cad in the low side it is the best EDA among the similar EDA for its easy use easy to learn pads are widely used EDA in the market and it is also very suitable for small companies and advanced features like physical design reuse.

Key Features:

  • Built-in DFF
  • Automatic routing
  • High-speed interactive routing
  • 3D visualization and placement
  • Easy, effective interactive routing
  • Easily create split planes and copper areas
  1. ORCAD

EDA software is developed by ORCAD the best complete PCB design software for circuit simulation PCB layout and PCB manufacturing design. ORCAD is great fame in the industry since it is friendly user face.

Key Features:

  • Grows with evolving design challenges and provides scalability for future challenges.
  • ORCAD intuitive interfaces make easy to learn and use
  • Fully integrated simulation and analysis technologies ensure first pass-success without any need for translations.
  • Powerful effective functionality depth with award-winning Or CAD technologies

 

  1. SOLIDWORKS PCB

For the electronic design of the PCB Solidworks offers powerful design technology with on-demand bidirectional integration with SolidWorks CAD .one the best feature in the tool is that PCB solutions bring together CAD and PCB design for flawless collaboration

Key features

  • Easy to use interface which combines the best technology in PCB
  • Links with SolidWorks CAD for an efficient design experience
  • The workflow of the PCB designs goes quickly and easily.
  1. Dip Trace

Dip trace is provided board design with smart manual routing and shape based auto-router. electronic engineers prefer Diptrace for its single environment with direct circuit-to-board converting, updating from a schematic and back annotation

Key features:

  • Real-time DRC
  • Differential parts
  • 3D preview
  • Step Export
  • Placement features allow for placing components manually by simple drag and drop or automatically according to custom settings.

 

Argus Technologies is in business since May 2008. The rich experience gained over those years in various fields of electronics design, software, prototyping & manufacturing, Advance PCB testing, PCB Manufacturing, PCB testing, PCB assembly printed circuit Boards, PCB Fabrication is a huge advantage and using best professional PCB design software.

Printed Circuit Board Testing Methods

Printed Circuit Board Testing Methods

Printed Circuit Board Testing Methods
Printed Circuit Board Testing Methods

To improve the production and assembly process of the PCB we at Argus technologies follow a wide variety of Printed Circuit Board Testing Methods and PCB testing tools to maintain PCB standards. We maintain best PCB testing procedures to maintain zero defect products. Some of the best PCB testing methods or PCB failure analysis test and testing tools were used in Argus defined and followed PCB testing process. The tested PCB has the highest success rate and offers an advantage for all customers and users equally. There are various Printed Circuit Board Testing Methods, below we are trying to capture commonly used methods and which are found to be most effective in testing Printing circuit boards.

Types of Test Done on Printed Circuit Board

  1. Solderability Testing

The PCB manufacturing process can be the main source of assembly related issues. To minimize the probability of failure, many manufacturers test component, and PCB pad. Solderability is the process to ensure the robustness of the surface and increase the probability of forming a reliable solder joint and minimize the failure.
The solderability failure method evaluates the strength and the quality of wetting of a solder by reproducing the contact between the solder and the material.
Solderability testing can verify that the components will meet the requirements and quality standards.

Solderability testing works on a variety of applications, including:
PCB coating evaluation
Solder evaluation
Flux evaluation
Benchmarking
Quality control

  1. PCB Contamination Testing

Contamination can cause issues like the rapid deterioration of wire bond interconnects, including corrosion, degradation, and metallization. Contaminations’ represent one of the most common issues of part failure.

Many manufacturers employ aggressive chemical processes during PCB fabrication, including the following:

  •    Copper etching liquid
    • Hot air levelling fluxes
    • Electrolytic solutions
    • Water-soluble soldering

For the cleaning process, it requires chemicals to ensure the cleaning process. The electronics industry had introduced contamination testing. Which help in measuring the cleaning efficiency and stability of the cleaning process.
Contamination testing measures the amount of ionic contamination contained in a sample. The process of testing contamination involves
immersion of the PCB sample into solution. Ones it has been dissolved into the solution the ionic contamination, which causes a change in the constitution of the solutions and has a significant influence on the values or readings.
After findings, the readings the analyst plots the contamination level on a contamination testing and compare the value with the industry standards.

When the reading exceeds an established level it confirms that the manufacturer has a problem with the cleaning process. And it can cause detrimental effects, and be including corrosion and electro-chemical migration when the parts remain in the component. This technique can detect even the smallest parts.

  1. Optical Microscopy/Scanning electron microscopes (SEM)

Optical Microscopy is one of the preferred and best testing methods used for detecting the PCB faults and failures
which are associated with soldering and assembly. Optical microscopy is the best in speed and accuracy to find the faults of the PCB
the optical microscopy can reach up to 1000X has a small depth field and shows features in a single plane.
Sometimes PCB failure analysis requires more powerful magnification tools to detect the failure in the PCB.
SEM offers highly-effective testing techniques for performing semiconductor die failure analysis.
SEM Microscopes provides the detailed images at higher magnifications up to120, 000 X It is typical to have magnifications of 50,000 to 100,000 and feature resolutions down to 25 angstroms. This is one of the best methods to find the failures in the images for the analyst.

SEM Technology provides in-depth failure analysis with a three-dimensional view of the sample. It can also verify semiconductor die metallization, integrity, and quality. SEM also provides evidence of heat treatment and identifies the metal used.

  1. X-ray Inspection

This is the best powerfull tool for users for non-invasive failure analysis. Users have a choice of basic film X-ray, real-time X-ray and
3- dimensional X-ray systems, users can use these tools to detect actual or potential defects. With this tool, users can also inspect a PCB component that has hidden joints or parts located underneath a chip

With these basic X-ray inspection capabilities, technicians can conduct the following types of internal component examinations;

Internal particles
internal wire dress
die attach quality
voids in the sealing lid
substrate/printing wiring board trace integrity
insufficient excessive or poor solder

  1. Micro sectioning analysis

Micro sectioning is also known as Cross-sectioning and it refers to a printed circuit board testing methods used to investigate the PCB.

Thermomechanical failures
Component Defects
Opens or shorts
Processing failures due to solder reflow.
Raw material evaluations

In the micro sectioning, the failure analysis removes a 2-dimensional slice out of a sample which uncovers some of the features within the board. The micro-sectioning analysis provides a precise technique to the technician that isolates the relevant electronic component and removes parts from the sample PCB.
The advantage of this printed circuit board testing methods is the ability to position the sample on a flat surface and invest each part of its parts together.

We at Argus Technologies are specialized in Customized PCB Design services, PCB Assembly service, PCB Fabrication, Embedded Hardware, and software.   Please contact us for details and to get a free quote on our services.

Top 10 Internet of Things technologies 2017 & 2018

Top 10 Internet of Things technologies 2017 & 2018

IoT technologies have taken the world by storm, but their design, implementation, and deployment pose significant challenges which have to be taken care in the beginning to avoid complete failure of the system and collapse of the whole ecosystem. Gartner’s has released a list of Top 10 Internet of Things technologies 2017 & 2018 which can impact all IoT companies business propositions.

Top 10 Internet of Things technologies 2017 & 2018 According to Gartner

  • IoT Security
  • IoT Analytics
  • IoT Device Management
  • Low-power, short-range IoT Networks
  • Low-power, Wide-Area Networks
  • IoT Processors
  • IoT Operating Systems
  • Event Stream Processing
  • IoT Platforms
  • IoT Standards and Ecosystems

As per  Gartner vice president and analyst, Nick Jones “IoT demands an extensive range of new technologies and skills that many organizations have yet to master. A recurring theme in the IoT space is the immaturity of technologies and services and of the vendors providing them. Architecting for this immaturity and managing the risk it creates will be a key challenge for organizations exploiting IoT. In many technology areas, lack of skills will also pose significant challenges.”

Top 10 IoT technologies:

1. IoT Security

IoT security is a major domain which will have an impact as these technologies are required to protect IoT devices and platforms from physical tampering and information attacks that attempt to encrypt devices communications and to address new challenges such as the impersonation of ‘things’ or denial-of-sleep attacks that drain batteries. IoT security will be complicated by the fact that many ‘things’ use simple processors and operating systems may not support sophisticated security approaches.

Mr. Jones said, “New threats will emerge through 2021 as hackers find new ways to attack IoT devices and protocols, so long-lived ‘things’ may need updatable hardware and software to adapt during their lifespan.”

2. IoT Analytics

IoT business models will exploit the information collected by ‘things’ in various ways like attempting to understand customer behavior, to deliver services and intercept business moments. As data volumes increase through 2021, the needs of the IoT may diverge further from traditional analytics and new analytic tools and algorithms will be required.

3. IoT Device Management

Million of IoT “Things” will require tools capable of managing and monitoring them and generates thousands and perhaps even millions of devices. Management includes software updates, diagnostics, crash analysis and reporting, physical management and security management.

Long-lived nontrivial “things” will require management and monitoring. This includes device monitoring, firmware and software updates, diagnostics, crash analysis and reporting, physical management, and security management. The IoT also brings new problems of scale to the management task. Tools must be capable of managing and monitoring thousands and perhaps even millions of devices.

4. Low-power, short-range IoT Networks

Low-power, short-range networks will dominate wireless IoT connectivity through 2025, outnumbering connections using wide-area IoT networks. However, commercial and technical trade-offs mean that many solutions will coexist with no single dominant winner and clusters around certain technologies, applications and vendor ecosystems will emerge.

5. Low-power, Wide-Area Networks

Traditional cellular networks don’t deliver a balanced combination of technical features and operational cost for those IoT applications that need wide-area coverage combined with relatively low bandwidth, good battery life, low hardware and operating cost, and high connection density.

The first low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) were based on proprietary technologies, but in the long term, emerging standards such as Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) will likely dominate this space.

6. IoT Processors

The processors and architectures used by IoT devices define many of their capabilities, such as whether they are capable of strong security and encryption, power consumption, whether they are sophisticated enough to support an operating system, updatable firmware, and embedded device management agents.

An understanding of the implications of processor choices will demand strong technical skills.

7. IoT Operating Systems

Traditional operating systems such as Windows and iOS were not designed for IoT applications. Consequently, a new range of IoT-specific operating systems has been developed to suit different hardware footprints and feature needs.

8. Event Stream Processing

Some IoT applications will generate extremely high data rates that must be analyzed in real time. To address such requirements, distributed stream computing platforms (DSCPs) have emerged.

9. IoT Platforms

IoT platforms bundle many of the infrastructure components of an IoT system into a single product. The services provided by such platforms fall into low-level device control, data acquisition, and application development.

10. IoT Standards and Ecosystems

Standards and their associated APIs will be essential because IoT devices will need to interoperate and communicate and many IoT business models will rely on sharing data between multiple devices and organizations.

Also, Read More about….. Industrial IoT devices and Gateway

Argus technologies offers Customized product design service which can be on turnkey basis or with limited involvement in the project. Our core expertise lies in area of Product Design, Electronic manufacturing, Embedded Software DevelopmentPCB Layout Design ServiceContract manufacturing including prototype to production and highly specialized software development in embedded domain.

DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM FOR FIBER BRAG GRATING SYSTEM

multilayer PCBs

Data acquisition system (DAQ) is an information system that collects stores and distributes information. It is used in industrial and commercial electronics, and environmental and scientific equipment to capture electrical signals or environmental conditions on a computer device.

DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM FOR FIBER BRAG GRATING SYSTEM

Overview

The most straightforward means for interrogation of a FBG sensor element is to illuminate the
FBG sensor (s) by broadband source & the narrowband component reflected by the FBG is
directed to the wavelength detection system as shown in the below figure.
CCD is illuminated by the optical signals reflected by the FBGs. This implementation supports 8 CCD’s. CCD sensor using Argus developed FPGA controller board.
The FPGA used for the control of CCD processor is Xilinx FPGA — XC3SD1800A-
4CSG484C.

DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM for fiber brag grating system

Hardware Implementation

  • Aligtron 1×8 Latching Fiber optic Switch (MEMS Latch)
  • InGaAs linear image sensor (Hamamatsu)
  • Image Signal Processor (AD9826)
  • Field Programmable Gate Array Logic (FPGA)
  • Programmable system on chip PSoC5LP)
  • SRAM Memory Unit for data storage
  • System Clock 25MHz
  • Single Power supply (9V, ~300mA)

Block Diagram of the Data Acquisition System Controller

Block Diagram of the Data Acquisition System Controller

Functional Description

  • Receives command bytes from PC to FPGA through UART protocol and act accordingly
  • Controls all the other peripherals in the “FPGA controller board” by providing required
    inputs to them.
  • Receives the signals from the sensor, & modifies them as required control signals for the
    ADC.
  • Receives 8 bit output from the ADC, makes it into 16 bit word & stores in its memory.
  • Sends this 256 * 16 bit words (each pixel voltage in binary) to the Programmable system on
    chip (PSoC5LP – CY8C58LP).
  • Finally, the data stored in the PSoC is displayed on the PC or any other host devices through
    USB by using Lab View software (version 14.4).

Flow of the Hardware

Flow of the Hardware

Key Features

  • Used for detecting the narrow band signal from a broad band source i.e. of infrared rays &
    near visible signals.
  • Supports protocols such as UART, USB, FLASH
  • Synchronous Design
  • System clock speed used is 25 MHz.
  • Design is implemented using Verilog HDL

Advantages

  • Silicon Proven on Xilinx FPGA Spartan-3A DSP (XC3SD1800A-4CSG484C) using ISE
    14.3 and higher versions.
  • The spartan-3A DSP FPGA combined with proven 90nm process technology which delivers
    more functionality and bandwidth.
  • Set up is handy to carry and even give accurate results in sampling the CCD waveform.
  • Customizable with easy integration.
  • Gate count is approximately 1150 logic cells

Argus technologies is specialized in offering Customized product design service which can be on turnkey basis or with limited involvement in the project. Our core expertise lies in area of Product Design, Electronic manufacturing, Embedded Software Development, PCB Layout Design Service, Contract manufacturing including prototype to production and highly specialized software development in embedded domain.

Openwrt WiFi Router

Openwrt WiFi Router

OpenWRT WiFi Router

OpenWrt  ​is a highly extensible GNU/​Linux distribution for embedded devices (typically wireless routers). Unlike many other distributions for these routers, OpenWrt  ​is built from the ground up to be a full-featured, easily modifiable operating system for your router. Argus has designed and developed low cost OpenWRT WiFi Router for home/small office use. It gives you power for porting your own application into this platform and use it as per requirement.

The OpenWrt Project is a Linux operating system targeting embedded devices. Instead of trying to create a single, static firmware, OpenWrt provides a fully writable file system with package management. This frees you from the application selection and configuration provided by the vendor and allows you to customize the device through the use of packages to suit any application. For developers, OpenWrt is the framework to build an application without having to build a complete firmware around it

OpenWRT Wifi Router Features

Extensibility: OpenWrt provides many capabilities found only in high-end devices. Its 3000+ application packages are standardized, so you can easily replicate the same setup on any supported device.

Security: OpenWrt’s standard installation is secure by default, with Wi-Fi disabled, no poor passwords or backdoors. OpenWrt’s software components are kept up-to-date, so vulnerabilities get closed shortly after they are discovered.

Performance and Stability: OpenWrt firmware is made of standardized modules used in all supported devices. This means each module will likely receive more testing and bug fixing than stock firmware which can be tweaked for each product line and never touched again.

Strong Community Support: OpenWrt team members are regular participants on the LEDE Forum, LEDE Developer and LEDE Admin mailing lists, and LEDE’s IRC channels. You can interact directly with developers, volunteers managing the software modules and with other long-time OpenWrt users, drastically increasing the chances you will solve the issue at hand.

Research: Many teams use OpenWrt as a platform for their research into network performance. This means that the improvements of their successful experiments will be available in OpenWrt first, well before it gets incorporated into mainline, vendor firmware.

Open Source/No additional cost: OpenWrt is provided without any monetary cost. It has been entirely created by a team of volunteers: developers and maintainers, individuals and companies. If you enjoy using OpenWrt, consider contributing some effort to help us improve it for others All of the above is possible because OpenWrt is part of the Open Source community, and powered by Linux kernel.

Specifications

Argus wifi Router OEM board is based on the RT5350 supporting Linino OS an openWrt Linux distribution

  • Ethernet: 802.3 10/100Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi      : 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz
  • USB 2.0 Host type a connector
  • Micro-SD card slot
  • MMC Card slot
  • External memory (32MB SDRAM, 8MB SPI NAND flash)
  • Micro USB connector for power
  • Rechargeable battery with on board charging circuit for portable applications.

Argus technologies is specialized in offering Customized product design service which can be on turnkey basis or with limited involvement in the project. Our core expertise lies in area of Product Design, Electronic manufacturing, Embedded Software DevelopmentPCB Layout Design ServiceContract manufacturing including prototype to production and highly specialized software development in embedded domain.

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Industrial IOT Devices & Gateway

Industrial IOT Devices and Gateway

Industrial IOT Devices & Gateway

Internet of things (IoT) in automation industry is proving to be a game changer for automation companies. Industrial automation companies that use IoT solutions can reap new benefits. The Internet of Things (IoT) helps to create new technologies to solve problems, enhance operations, and increase productivity.

The IoT can be explained as the connection of inimitably identifiable electronic devices using Internet ‘data plumbing’ including Internet Protocol (IP), cloud computing and web services. Internet of Things (IoT) Impact on Industrial Automation is very high and it makes us to use tablet computers, smart phones, virtualized systems, and cloud storage of data and so on.

In many industries, there tends to be a large amount of legacy equipment that is installed without any means of connectivity to analyse the possible data they can provide, which leaves a lot of potentially useful data locked away in an array of equipment. IoT Gateways are designed to securely connect to the internet/cloud using WiFi, LAN or cellular communication, this connectivity provides a solution to unlock meaningful data from these legacy devices.

The introduction of IoT Gateways into industrial and mission critical applications helps to address the issue of interoperability of legacy systems and help avoid the incredibly large cost of replacing existing infrastructure with next generation equipment.

Ultimately, the adoption of IoT Gateways offers the ability to access previously hidden data from sensors, embedded controllers and IO devices that can be valuable to a wide range of businesses processes and applications such as:

  • Remote monitoring
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Production optimisation
  • Building automation

This data realisation allows the likes of control room applications, enterprise applications and other business applications analyses monitor and review the data to make critical business decisions, improvements and optimise processes.

Let us check the impact of Internet of Things (IoT) on Industrial

Industrial IOT Devices & Gateway

IoT Gateway Devices
IoT Gateway devices act as a communication bridge between IoT Sensor Network and Cloud Server.
IoT Gateway Devices are emerging as key elements in bring next-gen devices to the Internet of Things (IoT). They help to integrate protocols for networking, help manage storage and edge analytics on the data, and facilitate data flow securely between edge devices and the cloud.

Internet of Things (IoT):
The Internet of Things (IoT) plays a vital role in the industrial automation as it is starting to explore and implement IoT concepts and technology. IoT helps to streamline, collapse, and create system architectures that are effective, affordable and responsive. The major aim is to create frictionless communications and interaction from manufacturing field input/output including analyzers, actuators, robotics etc to enhance flexibility and increased manufacturing. Using IoT, the industrial automation has leveraged commercial technologies in major applications and these examples include PLCs displacing banks of relays.

Industrial IoT Development Kits
Industrial IoT Development Kits provide an entire, high quality design environment for engineers and solution architects to drastically accelerate the development and delivery of IoT applications. Using these kits, any development/industrial environment can be quickly turned into a production ready unit. The IoT Development Kit targets a variety of IoT application requirements by providing a range of different hardware platforms, spanning from very compact low-power ARM-based designs to powerful multi-core, latest generation Intel Atom gateways.

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