For any Eagle from Cadsoft user who wish to get a near reality view of there card before completion of the project, using Eagle3D and POV-Ray/POV-Ray Editor (like neXtgen Povray Editor, Y.A.P.R.M, KPovModeler and so on), you can make realistic 3D renderings of your PCBs. Eagle3D is a "script" for EAGLE Layout Editor. This will generate a ray tracing file (pov file), which will be sent to POV-Ray engine, which in turn will eventually pop out the finalized image of your PCB. Eagle3D is a sort of plugin for the circuit board design package Eagle. This plugin turns any board into a POV-Ray scene (creating absolutely realistic images of your board before you even think about manufacturing and soldering it), using parts from a 3D library of POV-Ray objects. Additionally, this library can be expanded to add them to the Eagle3D library.For more information about Eagle3D click here.
Flashrom is a utility for reading, writing, verifying and erasing flash ROM chips. It supports a wide range of DIP32 (Dual In-line Package, 32 pins), PLCC32 (Plastic Leaded Chip Carrier, 32 pins ), DIP8 (Dual In-line Package, 8 pins ), SO8/SOIC8, TSOP32-40 (Thin Small-Outline Package, 32 and 40 pins) chips, which use various protocols such as LPC, FWH (Firmware Hub), parallel flash, or SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface). It is run from user space but flashing requires superuser privileges. It supports various mainboards, over 150 flash chip families, 75 chipsets, cross-flashing and hot-flashing. It can also be used to read the current existing BIOS/firmware from a flash chip. For more informations click here. Note: an incorrect use of this software may damage your hardware!
A small program to talk to FTDI chips from Intra2net2; ftdi_eeprom and libFTDI. ftdi_eeprom is a tool for creating, uploading, and erasing the configuration EEPROM for a FT232BM/FT245BM FTDI chip. The EEPROM content is generated using a flexible configuration file. libFTDI is a library to talk to FTDI chips (e.g. FT232BM/245BM, FT2232C/D and FT232/245R) using libusb, including the popular bitbang mode. This library is linked with your program in userspace, no kernel driver required. For more information click here. Note; linux kernel 2.4.20 and greater has VCP drivers for FTDI's FT8U232AM, FT8U245AM and FT8U100AX devices built-in to the OS kernel so no downloads are necessary (for more information about this driver click here). A complete list of the product FTDI is here. There are, also, official drivers released from FTDI for GNU/linux; they are Virtual Com Port (VCP) drivers that cause the USB device to appear as an additional COM port available to the PC and D2XX drivers that allow direct access to the USB device.
Gpib-utils is a set of command line utilities for configuring and taking data from various instruments; gpib-utils supports save/restore configuration, print screen, and light automated test on a variety of electronic test instruments and it uses linux-gpib software to communicate with instruments using a GPIB USB or PCI adapter. Gpib-utils natively supports LAN-connected instruments using VXI 11 protocol to communicate with instruments via Ethernet, including GPIB instruments connected via a VXI-11 gateway. Supported instruments are;
HP 1630/1631 logic analyzer/oscilloscope;
Agilent 6000 Series Oscilloscope;
HP 3457 DMM;
HP 8656 Signal Generator;
HP 3488 Switch/Control Unit;
SRS (Stanford Research Systems) DG535 Digital Delay/Pulse Generator;
SRS (Stanford Research Systems) SR620 Universal Time Interval Counter;
ICS 8065 Ethernet-GPIB Controller.
For more information about gpib-utils, click here.