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VSLM: Virtual Sound-Level Meter

Want to play around with the acoustic signals or the sound inputs for your audio device? This article guides you on how to start working with VSLM, a tool that allows...

Create Superlative Images with OpenCV

Open computing language, or OpenCV, as the name suggests, is an open source software that aims at computing efficiency and bettering real-time computer vision. An image processing software, OpenCV, helps us...

RapidSmith: A Java Based CAD Tool For Modern Xilinx FPGAs

The RapidSmith Project from Brigham Young University, USA, is a Java package that contains the tools and application program interfaces (APIs) for providing a unique platform to work out experimental ideas...

Xyce: A Parallel Electronic Simulator

In this article we introduce Xyce, a SPICE-compatible parallel electronic circuit simulator developed at Sandia National Laboratories, USA. The software is capable of solving extremely-large circuit problems on large-scale parallel computing...

R: A Data-Analysis And Statistical-Computing Tool

R is a statistical-computing environment that consists of a language along with a run-time environment with graphics, a debugger, access to certain system functions and the ability to run programs stored...

CAELinux: A Distribution of Open Source Engineering Tools

Engineers are often forced to work on commercial operating systems (OSes) because of their security and versatility, but we have other platforms like Fedora Electronic Laboratory (FEL) and computer-aided engineering Linux...

Wiring: Open Source Platform For Microcontrollers

Hernando Barragán is not a name that you would recall easily. But you might recognise something that he helped create. While working on his Master’s thesis project, in 2004, Barragán created...

Electric: From Schematic To IC Layout

The moment you talk about electronic design automation tools, the mind jumps to the big three—Synopsys, Cadence and Mentor Graphics. While these perform your tasks more than perfectly, you need to...

Powering Power Electronic Simulations using PSIM

In this article we will discuss about PSIM, a fast, yet accurate, simulation environment for power electronic designs, motor drive simulations and energy-conversion applications. The software is positioned midway between a...

Dolphin Integration’s SLED, SMASH and SCROOGE

In this article we take a closer look at the three EDA solutions offered by Dolphin Integration: hierarchical schematic editor, SLED; mixed-signal simulator, SMASH; and its extension for power consumption analysis,...

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