Awesome Electronics ¶
A curated list of awesome resources for electronic engineers and hobbyists
Electronic engineering (EE) is the practice of understanding, designing and building electronic circuits. It is often differentiated from electrical engineering in that it mostly deals with low power DC electronic circuits rather than high power AC systems but there is a lot of overlap between electronic and electrical engineering.
Experimenting with and building electronic circuits is also a popular hobby and many professional resources are often equally applicable to hobbyists and vice versa.
This list is for websites, services, software, tools and more: everything that you think is awesome in the world of electronic engineering. If you have anything to add please follow the instructions in https://github.com/kitspace/awesome-electronics/blob/master/contributing.md.
- "skill" tag on learn.sparkfun.com - A wide variety of technical tutorials on various EE related skills.
- Soldering is Easy - Comic book that goes over the basics of soldering that has been translated into quite a few languages.
- Uses of Different Soldering Iron Tips - Covers what all those different soldering iron tips are good for.
Theory and Courses¶
- All About Circuits - Online textbook for learning theory with clear diagrams and explanations.
- Electrical Engineering - Khan Academy - Online learning platform with lots of topics, including a full course on electrical engineering, circuits, semiconductors, signals, robots, and even reverse engineering electronic devices.
- LTSpice - The industry standard free SPICE circuit simulator from Linear Technologies.
- Ngspice - Open source SPICE circuit simulator.
- Circuit JS - Open source online simulator for simpler circuits with live interactivity and visualization.
- Every Circuit - Free to try online, visual, interactive circuit simulator for simpler circuits.
- Qucs - Open source integrated circuit simulator for DC, AC, S-parameter, noise analysis, etc.
- iCircuit - Easy to use electronic circuit simulator, its advanced simulation engine can handle both analog and digital circuits and features realtime always-on analysis.
- Tracespace Viewer - Gerber viewer that lets you inspect the individual layers as well as the board preview.
- Gerblook - Online Gerber viewer powered by Gerbv.
- Mayhew Labs 3dpcb - 3D Gerber viewer.
- CircuitPeople - No frills 2D layer viewer for Gerbers, without the excessive processing.
Free EDA Packages¶
- KiCAD - Open source EDA package with push and shove router, differential pairs and much more.
- Eagle - One of the most popular EDA packages due to it's (board size restricted) free version.
- Design Spark PCB - Gratis EDA package without restrictions, sponserd by RS Components.
- Altium Circuit Maker - Free package from the maker of the go to pro software.
- gEDA - Another open source package, good for people that like scripting and makefiles, Linux and BSD only.
- DipTrace - Quality Schematic Capture and PCB Design software with (pin and signal layer restricted) free version.
- LibrePCB - A new, powerful and intuitive EDA tool for everyone, cross-platform and GNU GPLv3.
- Horizon EDA - A free and open source EDA tool with the focus on shortcut operation.
- Caneda - Caneda is an open source EDA software suite focused on ease of use and portability.
- Xesscorp's list of KiCAD 3rd party tools
- Contextual Electronics' Shine on You Crazy KiCad - Beginner video tutorial that gets you to a manufactured board as quickly as possible.
- Contextual Electronics' Getting to Blinky Tutorial - A more comprehensive beginner to intermediate video tutorial.
- KiCAD.info Forums - User discussion and help forum.
- Keyboard PCB Guide - Comprehensive written tutorial that takes you through creating a keyboard PCB.
- Cheatsheet (also in landscape) - Short PDF that goes over the menus and keyboard shortcuts for the most common operations.
- Footprint Collection - Collection of all the KiCAD footprints available online and some scripts to manage them.
- InteractiveHtmlBom - A html BOM generation tool for manual pick and place.
PCB Syntax Highlighting¶
- Language PCB - Syntax highlighting for various PCB formats.
PCB Batching Services¶
- PCB Shopper - Comparison service for quite a lot of different PCB batching and assembly services.
- OSH Park - Low cost PCB batching service with high quality boards with a signature purple silkscreen.
- Aisler - Affordable quality circuit boards made in and shipped from Europe (Germany).
- Dirty PCBs - Low cost PCB batching service that prides itself on its "dirty" quality.
- JLCPCB - Low cost PCB batching service with inhouse low cost SMT service.
Part Search Engines¶
- Octopart - Probably the most well known part search engine.
- Findchips - Part search from Supply Frame.
- Parts.io - Another search engine from Supply Frame geared towards discovering new parts.
- Buyparts.io - A new contender from the creator of the datasheetarchive.com. Is aimed at hobbyists and seems to be better at incorporating sources such as Ebay and Aliexpress.
Project Sharing Platforms¶
- Kitspace.org - Project sharing site that helps you buy parts and re-build projects. Open source and developed by yours truly.
- Hackaday.io - Social site for sharing projects from the popular blog.
Inventory Management and Purchasing¶
- 1-click BOM - Browser extensions that automates purchasing and part searching.
- Partsbox.io - Web service to manage your part inventory with a nice user interface and Octopart integration.
- Partkeepr - Open source web service for managing your part inventory with parametric search and automatic datasheet import.
- Part-DB - Another open source web service for managing part inventory with a permission system and a good barcode generator.
Miscellaneous Web Services¶
- Eyrie.io - For viewing Eagle and KiCAD designs online.
- SnapEDA.com - Parts library with free symbols & footprints. (Compatible with Eagle, KiCAD, Altium, OrCad, Allegro, etc.)
Development Board Retailers¶
- Sparkfun - Retailer and designer of open source electronics development boards and other equipment and materials with excellent accompanying tutorials.
- Adafruit - Another retailer and designer with excellent selection and tutorials.
- Tindie - Marketplace for electronics makers to sell low volume batches of their own designs.
- Hackaday - Probably the most popular blog covering electronics and hardware hacking with a whole staff of writers.
- bunniestudios.com - Andrew 'Bunnie' Huang covers hardware hacking, open hardware, manufacturing and more.
- Bald Engineer - Project logs, tutorials and articles about electronics and embedded software by James Lewis.
- Rheingold Heavy - More project logs, tutorials and articles about electronics and embedded software, these ones by Dan Hienzsch.
- Dangerous Prototypes - Blog about open source hardware projects and interesting app notes.
- EEVBlog forum - Probably the largest and most active forum to discuss electronic engineering topics.
- /r/electronics and /r/ECE are the two most active sub-reddits for EE topics.
- /r/askelectronics - Sub-reddit dedicated to help on electronics topics.
- Electronics Stack Exchange - Question and answer site for electronics running on the popular Stack Overflow service.
- EEVBlog beginners forum - Good place for beginner questions, other sub-forums on EEVblog should be suitable for questions on more advanced topics.
- The Amp Hour - Off-the-cuff chat about electronics with Chris Gammel and Dave Jones (EEVBlog), often with guests
- Embedded FM - Christopher and Elecia White discuss embedded systems development and much more, often with guests.
- Sparkgap Podcast - Covers a specific EE topic each episode, sometimes with guests.
- MacroFab Engineering Podcast - Weekly podcast where Parker and Stephen from MacroFab discuss EE topics and industry news
- The Engineering Commons Podcast - Covers general engineering topics from mechanical to electrical.
- EEVblog - One of the earliest and most successful YouTube channels where Dave Jones does teardowns, tutorials and more.
- ElectroBOOM - YouTube channel that debunks and explains EE topics with a lot of comedy thrown in.
- Micah Scott - Video logs of reverse engineering and re-purposing consumer electronics hardware in creative ways.
- Afrotechmods - Tutorials on electronics projects, often suitable for beginners as well.
- The Signal Path - Very in depth teardowns, repairs and reviews of lab equipment and prototyping products.
- w2aew - Excellent tutorials about basic and complex analog hardware.
- Mr. Carlson's Lab - Teardowns, repairs and restorations with an emphasis on classic electronics gear.
- GreatScott - Electronics tutorials, projects and how to's.
- Julian Ilett - Buys cheapest electronic modules he can find and tries to do useful things with them.
- MikesElectricStuff - Teardowns, large lighting projects, xrays and more.
- Ben Eater - Series of videos on building an 8-bit computer on breadboards with excellent explanations of all the sub-circuits.
Subscription Kit Services¶
- Boldport Club - Electronic projects for the curious. As a member of the Boldport Club you’ll receive an electronics project once a month.
- AdaBox - Curated Adafruit products, unique collectibles, and exclusive discounts. All delivered quarterly.
3D Part Models¶
- GrabCad - Community supported database of 3D models with a large number of electronic component models
- 3D ContentCentral - Website dedicated to 3D models of parts (requires login)
- PwnKitteh/InsanelyCheapElectronics - A list of cheap electronics from China, that you can use in your projects
- PCB/EDA software list on the EEVblog forums - A much more comprehensive list of all the software tools available.
- intajay/open-electronics - Another GitHub list: resources for Electronics Enthusiasts and Hardware Hackers
- Vitorian/awesome-fpga - Awesome list of FPGA resources
- cajt/list_of_robot_electronics - A GitHub list of resources, projects and products for robot electronics
- embedded-boston/awesome-embedded-systems - Awesome list of embedded programming resources