Equipment: Device Design Tools
Technique: Digital tools for designing devices
Darius Jakonis ( ) – Cadence and Mentor Graphics IC design related tools

Fredrik Ahrentorp ( ) – Altium Designer

Ulf Gisslander ( ) – Synopsys TCAD

Jessica Åhlin ( ) – Frame design tools (Adobe Illustrator)

Robert Brooke ( ) – Blender & 3D design

Description: Access to software that enables facile design and development of various devices, circuits, and ASIC of different complexities. 

For design of devices manufactured using industrial printing techniques we typically recommend standard CAD programs such as Adobe Illustrator, CleWin, CorelDraw etc. This allows us to design for example frames used during screen printing. Additionally, open-source software is used, and extensive expertise is provided for 3D printing and 3D rendering purposes (using e.g. Blender).  

Altium Designer is used for designing printed circuit boards (PCBs). It a user-friendly tool for creation of board schematic and layout. Gerber files are easily generated for manufacturing and component assembly. Altium Designer has well-developed interfaces to import and export PCB design databases. Boards can be exported in 3D format to provide 3-dimensional viewing and further simplify mechanical design of casing and enclosure. Altium 365 offers a cloud-based design platform where PCBs can be shared between different users.

Europractice membership gives us access to academic licenses for integrated circuit (IC) design tools. That includes Cadence and Mentor Graphics (Siemens) electronic design automation (EDA) software for creating semiconductor chips. Process development kits (PDKs) are available through Europractice to select technology for semiconductor manufacturing. Synopsys TCAD tool is used for design of semiconductor devices. 


We possess 3 licenses of Altium Designer.