KiCad: A commitment to freedom

 

In 2011, we made a commitment to KiCad that was first and foremost about freedom. The freedom of sharing design files for electronic circuits, of working together on these designs in teams avoiding  artificial barriers to collaboration, and finally, of not compromising to the use of a sub-optimal design tool. With this exciting scenario in mind, we decided that KiCad was the best Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) tool to build upon, and we have been contributing to its development ever since.

Today, KiCad is considered a mature tool for the design of Printed Circuit Boards, featuring some capabilities that match or exceed those of costly proprietary alternatives. Among the many CERN contributions, we could highlight the Push & Shove routing engine, the support for differential pairs and track length tuning, and the integration of SPICE simulation into KiCad.

 

We couldn't have done it without you, KiCad supporters, who have encouraged us greatly so far with generous donations through the CERN & Society Foundation. Your support has helped us boost the pace of our work and we are very grateful and proud of it.

 

During FOSDEM 2016, version 4 of KiCad was announced and work is now ongoing according to the roadmap document for version 5. We have now a lot to wish for in the future. For instance, we look forward to include better library management and pin/gate swapping.
Finally, we hope we will be able to tackle all the items in the wish list we keep in the Open Hardware Repository. Many of these items have been discussed with the main KiCad developers and made it to the general roadmap maintained by the project leader.

Every little donation received, got us a very long way. Please keep supporting KiCad here, you can make a big difference!

 

Javier Serrano, Coordinator of CERN's contribution to KiCad