7400 series logic simulator


Atanua is a real time logic simulator to help people learn some of the basics of electronics. Focusing mainly on logic, as opposed to power, this is a fantastic tool to learn with. They have done a fantastic job of making it easy to use as well as good looking. We can see this as being a must have piece of software for any hacker. There is a free version available as long as you aren’t using it commercially.

[Thanks ellisgl]


  1. Pistol shrimp says:

    Cool I liked making electronic stuff on garry’s mod, now I can go 1 step further :D

  2. crizo says:

    Sweet. I’m going to build a supercomputer with this thing.

  3. Josh says:

    This looks like fun, but as a coder the logic side of things isn’t what I need most help with – I want to get familiar with good circuit design. I know there are full electronics simulators out there; what do people recommend?

  4. macegr says:

    josh: get LTSpice. It’s free, updated frequently, and allows you to use SPICE models from part manufacturers.

  5. Josh says:

    macegr: that looks perfect, and last update was only 16 days ago!

  6. rak0ribz says:

    I also recommend Linear Device’s SwitcherCAD; it’s ostensibly for designing switching power supplies, but it works just fine for other SPICE-y purposes.

  7. mike says:

    This is very cool, I’m trying this out for sure. This would come in handy for prototyping stuff if you have it on a laptop and are traveling or something and spending time away from your work bench.

  8. mike says:

    I just tried it, and it is very cool indeed. Recommended!

  9. fractalrock says:

    this looks fantastic. Thanks to josh/macegr/rak0ribz for the other recommendations. this is one of those things that I’ve always been looking for but didn’t really know it…
    anybody tried this in wine?

  10. mike says:

    No need to try it in wine, there is windows and mac and linux versions available for download.

  11. bencoder says:

    it’s windows(and wine) only, but there’s been a fairly decent (open source) logic software free from http://www.softronix.com/logic.html for years. It’s pretty good and I still use it every now and then, although this one looks a bit “cooler” and more fully featured.

  12. ryan says:

    anyone looking for a decent free circuit simulator might want to try circuitmaker. it has both sampled analog and real-time digital modes. :)

  13. ac75 says:

    how does this software differ from LogicWorks, other than being free??

  14. ellisgl says:

    Does logicworks have chips so you can do more a circuit design?

  15. amk says:

    Very cool. the example library demonstrates many different 7400 series chips and is very educational.

  16. M4CGYV3R says:

    “For corporate, government, _EDUCATIONAL_ or commercial use, a license key is required.”

    Way to make a crap license. So if I learn something, I have to pay…awesome.

  17. fractalrock says:

    @mike…thanks, I just assumed it was windows only based on the windows screenshot. had I done 10 seconds of investigation….

    @bencoder…thanks for the softronix link….

  18. ellisgl says:

    It’s probably stating something like if you are an education institution.

  19. johnny says:

    Could any of you guys suggest an ebook for basics of electronics?
    Thank you!

  20. ellisgl says:

    I don’t know of any ebooks off the top of my head, but google electronic tutorials and you’ll get a ton of stuff.

  21. michael says:

    One place that I have found useful for grasping some concepts is http://electronics.wisc-online.com/DCE.asp
    I find the way they break down a concept and animate what’s going on really helps.

    They also have tutorials on AC and solid state electronics.

  22. ellisgl says:

    @michael: Got watch out, because you can’t just follow that one page to page.. I remember reading something about the order in which you should read that site.

  23. johnny says:

    Thank you all for the replies :)

  24. dubmuffin says:

    @M4CGYV3R: An educational license is specifically for educational institutions, not those who choose to educate themselves.

  25. DarkFader says:

    Does it come with a breadboard router? lol, j/k

  26. ellisgl says:

    @darkfader: It would be cool if it had that or Eagle CAD integration. Of course it would be cool if Eagle CAD had bread board routing.. hmmm..

  27. jumbobrian says:

    I much prefer logisim. Free and open-source from http://ozark.hendrix.edu/~burch/logisim/ .

  28. EllisGL says:

    @jumbobrian: But it doesn’t have chips..

  29. Brandon says:

    I cant get this to install. what should i do??

  30. TheUnKnown says:

    well, there’s the national instruments circuit suite design….and its a full simulator…and of course its not free….but its really good so you might wanna invest and get it…

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