EAGLE is an acronym for Easily Applicable Graphical Layout Editor, a software that allows users to design printed circuit boards (PCBs) with schematic diagrams, component placement, PCB routing and comprehensive library content. EAGLE was developed by CadSoft Computer GmbH in Germany and released in 1988. In 2016, Autodesk acquired EAGLE and integrated it into its Fusion 360 platform.
EAGLE 2006 was the version 4.16 of the software, which was released on February 28, 2006. It was compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac OS X operating systems. It had several features and improvements over the previous versions, such as:
Support for differential pair routing and length matching
Support for blind and buried vias
Support for polygon cutouts
Improved autorouter with ripup and retry option
Improved library editor with automatic generation of device variants
Improved user interface with customizable toolbars and menus
Improved compatibility with other CAD software such as AutoCAD and SolidWorks
Improved online help and documentation
EAGLE 2006 was a popular software among hobbyists, students and professionals who needed a low-cost and easy-to-use solution for PCB design. It had a large and active user community that shared tips, tricks, tutorials and libraries. It also had a free version that allowed users to create PCBs with up to two layers and a maximum size of 100 x 80 mm.
However, EAGLE 2006 also had some limitations and drawbacks, such as:
Limited support for high-speed design and signal integrity analysis
Limited support for advanced manufacturing technologies such as HDI and flex-rigid boards
Limited support for collaboration and data management
Limited support for simulation and testing
Limited support for 3D modeling and integration with mechanical design
Since EAGLE 2006, the software has undergone several updates and upgrades to address these issues and add new features and capabilities. The latest version of EAGLE is version 9.6.0, which was released on April 7, 2020. It is available only with a Fusion 360 subscription, which offers a unified platform for PCB design, mechanical design, simulation, manufacturing and collaboration.
EAGLE 2006 is still available for download from Autodesk's website as a legacy software version. However, it is no longer supported or updated by Autodesk. Users who want to use EAGLE 2006 should be aware of the potential risks and challenges of using an outdated software that may not be compatible with modern hardware, software and standards.
One of the main advantages of using Fusion 360 over EAGLE 2006 is the ability to create and edit 3D models of PCBs and enclosures. Fusion 360 allows users to import EAGLE PCB designs and convert them into 3D models that can be modified and refined with Fusion 360's powerful modeling tools. Users can also create 3D models from scratch and export them to EAGLE for PCB layout. This enables users to check for fit, clearance, interference and alignment issues between the PCB and the enclosure, and to optimize the design for aesthetics, functionality and manufacturability.
Another advantage of using Fusion 360 over EAGLE 2006 is the ability to perform simulation and testing of PCB designs. Fusion 360 offers a range of simulation tools that can help users verify the performance and reliability of their PCBs under various conditions. For example, users can perform thermal analysis to check for hot spots and temperature distribution, electrical analysis to check for voltage drops and current flows, mechanical analysis to check for stress and strain, and electromagnetic analysis to check for signal integrity and interference. Users can also perform functional testing of their PCBs using Fusion 360's built-in logic analyzer and oscilloscope.
A third advantage of using Fusion 360 over EAGLE 2006 is the ability to collaborate and manage data across the entire product development cycle. Fusion 360 offers a cloud-based platform that allows users to store, share and access their PCB designs from anywhere and on any device. Users can also invite other stakeholders such as team members, clients and suppliers to view, comment and edit their PCB designs in real time. Users can also track changes, revisions and versions of their PCB designs using Fusion 360's data management tools. Users can also integrate their PCB designs with other aspects of their product such as mechanical design, documentation, manufacturing and marketing using Fusion 360's unified platform. 061ffe29dd