Being an electronics engineer you will have several challenges while creating project. There are several things that are needed to be done. Here is the list of software every electronics engineer I think should know about.
The Arduino integrated development environment (IDE) is a cross-platform application (for Windows, macOS, Linux) that is written in the programming language Java. It originated from the IDE for the languages Processing and Wiring. The IDE includes a code editor with features such as text cutting and pasting, searching and replacing text, automatic indenting, brace matching, and syntax highlighting, and provides simple one-click mechanisms to compile and upload programs to an Arduino board. It also contains a message area, a text console, a toolbar with buttons for common functions and a hierarchy of operation menus. The source code for the IDE is released under the GNU General Public License.
Arduino IDE is very useful to create small projects on Arduino. it is fast and easy to learn.
MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment. A proprietary programming language developed by Math Works, MATLAB allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages, including C, C++, C#, Java, Fortran and Python.
MATLAB is used to do data analytics and can be used to programme development boards. It is very useful for creating analytic projects.
Altium Designer is a PCB and electronic design automation software package for printed circuit boards. It is developed by Australian software company Altium Limited.
Altium Designer includes tools for all circuit design tasks: from schematic and HDL design capture, circuit simulation, signal integrity analysis, PCB design, and FPGA-based embedded system design and development. In addition, the Altium Designer environment can be customized to meet a wide variety of users’ requirements.
Use Altium designer to design your schematics and PCB.
Studio 7 is the integrated development platform (IDP) for developing and debugging all AVR® and SAM microcontroller applications. The Atmel Studio 7 IDP gives you a seamless and easy-to-use environment to write, build and debug your applications written in C/C++ or assembly code. It also connects seamlessly to the debuggers, programmers and development kits that support AVR® and SAM devices.
Additionally, Studio includes Atmel Gallery, an online app store that allows you to extend your development environment with plug-ins developed by Microchip as well as third-party tool and embedded software vendors. Studio 7 can also seamlessly import your Arduino sketches as C++ projects, providing a simple transition path from Makerspace to Marketplace.
Use Atmel studio to programme your MCU board or programmable ICs.
PartSim is a full-featured circuit simulator that allows anyone to create, simulate and share electronic circuits using their web browser,” said Cody Miller, Aspen Labs president and CEO. “Web-based tools offer huge productivity boosts. There are no install processes, application updates are automatic, and projects are easily shared using web links. They’ve partnered with Digi-Key Corporation to offer this tool free of charge and look forward to building a community of users.
Before building your circuit in real life test your circuit in Part Sim.
Tinker CAD added a new Circuits feature that allows you to create actual running Arduino electronic circuits.You can add components like LEDs and Resistors to your Arduino and run a circuit right in Tinker CAD.
Programme your Arduino and create a breadboard circuit in tinker CAD itself.
Test your Arduino circuit and code before making it in your real life.
AutoCAD is a commercial computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software application. Developed and marketed by Autodesk, AutoCAD was first released in December 1982 as a desktop app running on microcomputers with internal graphics controllers. Before AutoCAD was introduced, most commercial CAD programs ran on mainframe computers or minicomputers, with each CAD operator (user) working at a separate graphics terminal. Since 2010, AutoCAD was released as a mobile- and web app as well, marketed as AutoCAD 360.
Use Auto CAD to design you final product in 2D and 3D.
Vivado FPGA design suite
It is a software suite produced by Xilinx for synthesis and analysis of HDL designs. Superseding Xilinx ISE with additional features for system on a chip development and high-level synthesis. Vivado represents a ground-up rewrite and re-thinking of the entire design flow (compared to ISE), and has been described by reviewers as “well conceived, tightly integrated, blazing fast, scalable, maintainable, and intuitive”.
Unlike ISE which relied on ModelSim for simulation, the Vivado System Edition includes an in-built logic simulator. Vivado also introduces high-level synthesis, with a toolchain that converts C code into programmable logic. Vivado has been described as a “state-of-the-art comprehensive EDA tool with all the latest bells and whistles in terms of data model, integration, algorithms, and performance”.
Use Vivado to programme your FPGA board with VHDL or Verilog.