Circuit design tool enhances scheme, simulate and design of PCBs

Released on a global basis, the MultiSIM Blue Premium edition of the National Instruments (NI) Multisim circuit design tool has been announced by Mouser.

This version raises the MultiSIM BLUE design tool’s ability to scheme, simulate, PCB design, bill of materials export and purchase, says the distributor.

The tool is power by NI and is claimed to offer unlimited components within the schematic and integrated design capabilities. The advanced tool provides a simulation environment using the distributor’s selection of products and a larger selection of NI components, including the newest in analogue and mixed-signal ICs, passive components, discrete semiconductors, power management ICs, connectors, and electromechanical components.

An industry-standard Berkley SPICE simulation environment of electronic circuits provides the freedom to design and simulate circuits before laying them out in physical prototypes. Engineers can now visualise and evaluate linear performance, to make this critical step easier, faster and far more productive, says the company.

Senior VP marketing, Kevin Hess said: “The design process is all about getting your ideas to market before anyone else. With MultiSIM Blue Premium, we’ve raised the design bar by creating an even easier-to-use, unlimited, and a more time-efficient integrated platform for circuit simulation and design from PCB to BoM that is sure to create a buzz in our engineering community.”

To help better organise and modularise schematics, hierarchical design capabilities have been added so engineers can incorporate classification blocks in place of a circuit, and then repeat it in other parts of the design to save time. The design tool also includes forward and backward annotation capabilities, allowing engineers to transfer changes from a schematic to a PCB layout environment or from layout to schematic. Other features include unlimited schematic sheets and levels to provide greater context to a design, and unrestricted access to components and custom components. According to the company, this offers limitless possibilities when building a design in real-time.

http://www.mouser.com/new/national-instruments/MultiSIMBLUE-Premium/.

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