Electronics on FreeBSD
Welcome to the Electronics on FreeBSD WIKI! You will find resources, information, hints and references that should be useful to enthusiasts of electronics and DIY
Below you will find our FreeBSD projects and useful wiki pages dedicated to:
Below you will find tools already ported to FreeBSD. Please note that new Open-Source tool are more than welcome! You can port them and let us know so we can update the list
EDA (Electronics Design Automation)
KiCAD is an open source (GPL) software for the creation of electronic schematic diagrams and printed circuit board artwork.
CAD (Computer Aided Design)
This list contains popular CAD utilities that can be used to design mechanical components of your projects:
FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D modeler. FreeCAD is aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design but also fits in a wider range of uses around engineering, such as architecture or other engineering specialties.
This list contains popular utilities that can be used to perform simulation of your projects:
NGSpice is a mixed-level/mixed-signal circuit simulator. Its code is based on three open source software packages: Spice3f5, Cider1b1 and Xspice. It is the open source successor of these venerable packages.
KiCAD not only allows you to create schematics and pcb but also perform simple simulations using ngspice backend.
There are several Open-Source Real Time Operating Systems that can be developed on FreeBSD in order to create IoT Connected Embedded Systems:
ZEPHYR RTOS is a neutral project where silicon vendors, OEMs, ODMs, ISVs, and OSVs can contribute technology to reduce costs and accelerate time to market for billions of connected embedded devices. The software is a perfect choice for simple connected sensors, LED wearables, modems, and small wireless gateways. Because Zephyr is modular and supports multiple architectures, developers can create a solution that meets their needs. Zephyr can even run on FPGA based RISC-V or real world RISC-V chips such as ESP32-C3! Uses Apache 2.0 License. Zephyr is backed by the Linux Foundation. Supported Hardware.
NuttX is a real-time operating system (RTOS) with an emphasis on standards compliance and small footprint. Scalable from 8-bit to 32-bit microcontroller environments, the primary governing standards in NuttX are Posix and ANSI standards. Additional standard APIs from Unix and other common RTOS’s (such as VxWorks) are adopted for functionality not available under these standards, or for functionality that is not appropriate for deeply-embedded environments. Uses Apache 2.0 License (used BSD before). NuttX is backed by the Apache Software Foundation. Supported Hardware.
FreeRTOS is developed in partnership with the world’s leading chip companies over a 15-year period, and now downloaded every 170 seconds, FreeRTOS is a market-leading real-time operating system (RTOS) for microcontrollers and small microprocessors. Distributed freely under the MIT open source license, FreeRTOS includes a kernel and a growing set of IoT libraries suitable for use across all industry sectors. FreeRTOS is built with an emphasis on reliability and ease of use. Uses MIT License. FreeRTOS is backed by the Amazon Web Services. Supported Hardware.
ARM MBED gives you a free open source IoT operating system for ARM (only) cores with networking and security built-in. Build your next product with free development tools, thousands of code examples and support for over 150 MCU development boards. Uses Apache 2.0 License. MBED is backed by ARM. Supported Hardware.