Finally! A simple to use guide for those new to simulation.

Getting designs to simulate is easy if you know how to do it. The unfortunate truth is that when it comes to SPICE, which is the backbone of most simulation engines, everyone assumes that the users know what needs to be done because they're supposed to have taken that course in college. However not everyone has! When you search for "How To.." books you quickly discover that this subject just doesn't seem to be discussed adequately.

This guide incorporates numerous detailed examples of circuits which you can construct and then simulate. The guide covers:

  • Advanced/Traditional Approaches to Simulation — While the Simplus environment affords the designer the advanced approach to simulation thus making his life easier, the guide also discusses the traditional approach because there are times when you have to share your results with those who may have other tools and thus the only safe way to share that data is through traditionally configured SPICE documents.

  • Schematic Creation — It discusses the placement of the devices in your design and what will be required in the way of simulation attributing, linking of models, and sub-circuit creation. The latter is covered from both the advance methodology as well as the traditional approach.

  • Behavior Models — Discusses how Models are used with the advanced and traditional approaches to simulation. It deals with how to share and locate the models that you will need and what to do when you can't find the model.

  • Constructing other Electronic Devices — SPICE contains only the rudimentary default models for the basic electrical elements. Many of the the complex devices used today do not have default behavioral models within the SPICE simulator. The more complex devices are modeled using the basic electrical elements within sub-circuit definitions (aka. libraries).

  • Avoiding the pitfalls of simulation — All designs unless you are very lucky usually produce simulation errors the first time they are run. This guide provides a checklist of the most common design errors to avoid. It deciphers some the most common error message produced by the SPICE simulator and what to do about them.

  • The Truth about Simulation — Avoid the pitfalls of poor design practice. All simulations are limited by how well the models mimic reality.

  • Chapter on SPICE Terminology — A concise compendium of the Functions, Terms and Controls available in SPICE. Its written in easy to understand terms allowing you to quickly decipher SPICE Documents.

... and much more!

Once you digest this guide you be able simulate like a professional using either 3Spice or the Simplus tools sets.

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