iPhone and iPad Engineering Apps

Earlier this year, I upgraded my Palm Treo 700 (believe it or not!) with a new Apple iPhone 4s. I later purchased the iPad (version 3) in March. Needless to say, I’ve been having a ton of fun with these new gadgets and spending a bit of money on apps, of course!
Recently, I’ve been trying to identify iPhone and iPad engineering apps. Here are a few I found and use:
iCircuit – a schematic capture and modeling app.
LineCalc – calculator for coax cable
Electronic TB (Electronic Toolbox Pro) – includes a multitude of handy electronics design aids – one of my favorites.
uWave Calc (from Agilent Technologies) – a few handy microwave-related calculators.
PCBCalc – a microstrip and stripline calculator from Agilent Technologies.
E Formulas – includes several common electronics calculators.
jEMLab – EM boundary conditions, polarization, incident plane waves and spherical charges calculator.
Circuit Lab – a schematic capture and analysis app.
dB Calc – calculate or convert various quantities in dB.
EE Toolkit– another well-done electronics component and circuits reference app.Digi-Key – has their on-line catalog available.
Buyers’ Guide – ITEM EMC Buyers’ Guide includes a host of EMC-related companies and services.
Directives – is a listing of all the EU directives with links to the actual directive text.

There are also a number of good conversion and calculator apps. I use Convert mainly, as well as Calculator Pro.

For those dealing with environmental shake tests, there’s Vibration. Although I don’t recommend it, you can bolt down your iPhone or iPad to the shake table and record the vibration profile of a product. It uses the built-in accelerometer.

iSeismometer is similar, but simulates a three axis (3 pen) seismometer. Pretty cool!

There are some so-called EMF detectors, but I don’t know how accurate they might be: EMF Detector and Tesla Bot are two of them.

If you’re into audio analysis for home theater or wishing to analyze room acoustics, I recommend Audio Tools – pricy in-app purchases, but a rather complete acoustics analysis system.

I’m sure there’s a lot more useful engineering apps out there. So, what good apps have you found?

4 responses to “iPhone and iPad Engineering Apps

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  2. A must have for engineers, designers, drafters, & machinists- The Engineering Slide Chart:
    http://engineeringslidechart.com/index.html
    MADE IN THE USA!

  3. Hi Mark, while your screw chart doesn’t really pertain directly to EMC, it does seem useful for mechanical engineers.

  4. Here are some new apps:

    RF Tools, by Huber+Suhner – includes tools for reflection, frequency/wavelength, signal delay. impedance and dB. Also has links to their catalog.

    RF Toolbox is a new release from the makers of Electronic Toolbox that focusses more on RF design. Although there are plenty of overlaps between the two.

    Spicy is a relatively new and very comprehensive schematic capture and spice analysis tool for the iPad. The actual calculations are done elsewhere, with the results returned back to the iPad.

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