Raspberry Pi supports open source KiCad design automation software #KiCad #RaspberryPiRaspberry_Pi «Adafruit Industries - Makers, Hackers, Artists, Designers & Engineers!

Raspberry Pi supports open source KiCad design automation software #KiCad #RaspberryPiRaspberry_Pi «Adafruit Industries – Makers, Hackers, Artists, Designers & Engineers!

Raspberry Pi Ltd KiCad is helping with the year-end funding campaign by matching donations made KiCad website Up to $5,000.

KiCad is a free, open source suite of CAD tools for schematic imaging and printed circuit board (PCB) design. It allows you to draw your electronic circuits in schematic form, using components and wires represented graphically, and then transfer this data to a PCB editor that is used to place components and draw the copper tracks and the notches that connect them.

In 2014, Raspberry Pi sponsored work to add support for differential pair routing to KiCad, something it was lacking. Differential pairs are traces on a PCB that have a tuned geometry, and therefore impedance, and are used for high-speed signals such as HDMI and USB.

The addition of differential pair support, as well as many other improvements to the tool since then, has meant that the Raspberry Pi is now able to be used for some of our product builds. The Module Computation 4 IO board Developed with KiCad, the design database is free for anyone to download and use as a starting point for their own CM4 projects: download Database zip file here.

Raspberry Pi 4 support

They have recently made a newer version of KiCad available. Writing apt install kicad On an updated Raspberry Pi OS Bullseye image it will be installed. Changes made in the latest version 6 KiCad codebase have improved OpenGL hardware acceleration, and thus better performance on Raspberry Pi computers.

See more in the post over here.

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