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Low-cost Spice program adds features

Posted: 09 Dec 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:b2 spice a/d? beige bag software? user interface? virtual instrument? cross-probing?

A new version of B? Spice A/D from Beige Bag Software adds a redesigned user interface, new virtual instruments, and cross-probing between schematics and simulation. But what may be most attractive to many prospective users is the price, which starts at $249.

B? Spice A/D v5.0 is a major release for Beige Bag Software, a Michigan-based company that's been offering low-cost circuit design tools since 1990. The purchase price includes free product lifecycle technical support and an upgrade to version 5.1.

The new version adds a "live circuit" mode that allows users to interactively change circuit parameters while simulation is running, with immediate feedback both in the animated schematic and in the instruments. Simulation capabilities have been enhanced with the ability to perform parameter stepping and Monte Carlo analysis on any simulation. New models for capacitors, resistors and inductors promise to improve simulation accuracy.

Convenience features include a Circuit Wizard that can automatically generate standard circuits like attenuators, power supplies, filters, op-amp and tube-based circuits. A new parts browser includes a user-configurable parts palette and curve tracer. The graphing has been improved with 3D graphs, and flexible control over the graph's appearance.

B? Spice A/D v5.0 claims integration with CADSoft's Eagle PCB design suite. The Professional version is $399 and the Standard version is $249. A free trial is available for download at the company's website.

- Richard Goering

EE Times

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