History of EDA (electronic design automation)?
pechter at gmail.com
Tue Dec 12 11:53:09 CST 2006
I thought the RACAL-REDAC stuff ran on RT11... with an attached VT11/VR17 to
do the vector graphics.
I thought it would be the coolest thing. Last time I saw that was on an
11/34 (IIRC) in '84 or so at a company outside of Trenton, NJ.
I think it was on RT11 on RL01/02 or RK05 packs.
On 12/12/06, Al Kossow <aek at bitsavers.org> wrote:
> > I've seen two systems (not pure software, but integrated systems)
> > that really blew me away years ago. My memories of both are very
> > fuzzy. One was an ECAD workstation called Daisy; it was a schematic
> > capture system and may have done other things as well. It was
> > gorgeous but I didn't see much of its capabilities. I saw this
> > around 1985 or thereabouts.
> Daisy was one of the first ECAD workstations. Started out as 8086
> Multibus up through 386. I never saw the earliest version of the OS. The
> later ones were unix-like. Last versions were Intel 386 PC based. Apple
> used them before switching to Valid or Mentor, depending on the project.
> I saw parts of a Calay at a surplus place in the mid 90's. There was
> also Racal/Redac PCB layout systems. I think I still have the packs from
> one of these. It ran RSX11 on an SMS disc controller.
> Most of the small stand-alone systems disappeared once IBM PC ECAD
> systems developed. There were one or two companies selling CAD tools
> into the Macintosh market, but they were pretty awful. There was one
> system that was popular for schematic capture on Macs that was used
> internally at Apple up through the late 90s.
> DEC used a schematic capture system from Stanford through the 70's and
> early 80's (SUDS, Stanford University Drawing System). The MIT CADR was
> designed using this as well.
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