College of Engineering Available Software

Below is a list of all software that is available on College of Engineering machines. Under each heading is a brief description of what the program is and what it does. For more information, you can click on the program name and it will take you to another page with more details.

*Programs with an asterisk next to their name are available for download for all Staff, Faculty, and Graduate students of UCSB.

Advanced Design System

ADS is a powerful electronic design automation software system. It offers complete design integration to designers of products such as cellular and portable phones, pagers, wireless networks, radar and satellite communications systems, and high-speed digital serial links.

UCSB has licenses for both the Momentum platform and the FEM Element platform. More information about this product can be found at the Agilent EEsof website.


Cadence provides a set of electronic design automation (EDA) tools for electronics design.

Information about what UCSB computers have access to can be found here. To learn about the company and its software, visit their website.


MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a numerical computing environment and fourth-generation programming language. Developed by MathWorks, MATLAB allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages, including C, C++, Java, and Fortran. For more information, please visit the MathWorks website here.


Mentor Graphics provides a set of tools for system level design and verification, PCB design and analysis, IC design and verification, and embed ed software. The website can be found here.

Micro Magic

Micro Magic, Inc. (MMI) provides design tools for high-performance and low power chips. Their website can be found here.


Silvaco provides high performance semiconductor process and device simulation (TCAD) tools. The website can be found here.


Synopsys provides ASIC, SoC design, FPGA, RTL design and electronic design automation tools and services. The Electrical and Computer Engineering department provides a license for a subset of the available Synopsys tools. Some of the more common tools include; Synthesis, Hspice, powermill, pt, primetime, and a few other TCAD tools. More information can be found at the Synopsys website.


Synplicity® Inc. is the leading supplier of FPGA synthesis software and an innovator in synthesis, verification, and physical implementation software solutions for designers of programmable logic devices (FPGAs, PLDs, CPLDs). The following Synplicity tools are available: Synplify Pro; Identify; Synplify Premier; Synplify DSP; and Certify. Check this website.

Wolfram Mathematica*

Mathematica is a computational software program used in many scientific, engineering, mathematical and computing fields, based on symbolic mathematics. Look here for more information.

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