A simple to use guide for those new to simulation.
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
incorporates numerous detailed examples of circuits which you can construct
and then simulate. The guide covers:
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Truth about Simulation — Avoid the pitfalls of poor
design practice. All simulations are limited by how well the models
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!
you digest this guide you be able simulate like a professional using either
3Spice or the Simplus tools sets.
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