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The Maker Movement is huge and grows larger every day. Many individuals and small businesses would like to design their own circuits, but many professional design tools are prohibitively expensive. EAGLE, the Easily Applicable Graphical Layout Editor, by Cadsoft provides a complete set of features for designing circuit boards at a price that makes it accessible to students, individuals, and small-to-medium businesses.
The goal of this book is to ease the process of learning EAGLE. The book walks through the process of designing circuits, starting with a simple circuit (a noninverting amplifier), proceeding to an intermediate circuit (the Arduino Femtoduino--the Arduino circuit boards are very popular among hobbyists and entrepreneurs, and to allow others to construct similar boards, the Arduino developers release their designs in the EAGLE format), and finally reaching an advanced circuit (the BeagleBone Black). During the course of the presentation, it describes both the EAGLE interface and the general process of designing circuit boards.
In addition to point-and-click design, a significant portion of this book is devoted to automation. EAGLE has a rich command language that can be accessed through scripts and User Language programs, or ULPs.
This book also includes a great deal of material to help readers understand the fundamentals of circuit boards and the theory behind the example circuits.
Chapters 1 and 2 introduce the topics of EAGLE and circuit board design. The primary purpose of these chapters is to familiarize the reader with both topics and present the terminology that will be used throughout the book.
Chapters 3 through 7 provide a tutorial-based presentation of designing circuit boards with EAGLE. Chapter 3 breezes through the entire design process for a trivially simple circuit. In contrast, Chapters 4 through 7 present more detail as they walk through the design of the Femtoduino circuit.
Chapters 8 through 13 discuss an assortment of topics related to EAGLE circuit design. These include circuit simulation, the process of creating custom components, and the all-important subject of design automation. Design automation is one of the most powerful aspects of EAGLE, but it's also one of the most overlooked.
Chapters 14 and 15 present the book's advanced example design: the BeagleBone Black. The name may be silly, but there's nothing silly about the circuit. It has six board layers, hundreds of components, and thousands upon thousands of routed connections. Also presented are EAGLE's advanced capabilities and ways to take advantage of design automation.
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Publisher: Prentice Hall
Page Count (est.): 408
Pub Date: 4/3/2014