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Free Spice simulation software rolls for ADI linear circuits

Posted: 20 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Spice simulation? free software? ADI linear circuits?

Analog Devices Inc. has announced the availability of a free, downloadable circuit design environment that simplifies and speeds product design by allowing developers to capture schematics and simulate circuits for evaluation of ADI's operational amplifiers (op amps) and other linear circuits.

Developed by National Instruments, NI Multisim Analog Devices Edition is a new version of the NI Multisim Spice simulation software created for component evaluation and circuit design. The new tool, loaded with over 800 ADI op amps and other linear circuits, helps shrink product development time by allowing designers to quickly and easily select, evaluate, prototype and test ADI's linear circuits in a low-risk "virtual evaluation board" environment.

"ADI's goal is to deliver customers a series of scalable options that bring some relief to today's high-pressure design cycles," said Dave Kress, director of applications engineering at Analog Devices. "By downloading Spice models available through NI Multisim, designers are able to build their own circuits with up to 25 elements while choosing from among more than 800 ADI op amps, switches and voltage references. At the same time, we've preserved the look and feel of ADI's amplifier parametric evaluation tool user interface, so our customers don't have to worry about the ramp-up time and lost productivity that can come from migrating to a new and unfamiliar design environment."

NI Multisim Analog Devices Edition helps engineers design circuits and understand fundamental design characteristics with advanced circuit analyses in an intuitive virtual prototyping environment. With this tool, engineers can easily swap ADI components to pinpoint the best design option, avoiding costly and time-consuming prototype rework.

NI Multisim Analog Devices Edition is available through the ADI's Design Center Website, which includes the ADIsimOpAmp free online amplifier parametric evaluation tool that allows designers to select, configure and troubleshoot a circuit using a graphical development environment powered by National Instruments LabVIEW graphical programming language and NI Multisim Spice simulation software.

"National Instruments is pleased to join with Analog Devices in providing customers with a tool that will have a positive impact on their business needs," said John Graff, VP of marketing at National Instruments. "By combining the intuitive circuit simulation of NI software with the circuit expertise of ADI, we have given engineers a powerful tool for shortening product development lifecycles."

NI Multisim Analog Devices Edition software is available for free download from the ADI Website. Engineers can use NI Multisim Analog Devices Edition to quickly prototype a design and perform part selection, and they can then upgrade to a complete version of NI Multisim to complete their design and transfer to NI Ultiboard for board layout and production.

Engineers can upgrade from NI Multisim Analog Devices Edition to a complete version of NI Multisim starting at $1,499.

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