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Circuit Simulation for Exploration & New Technologies

Behind the wildest new tech trends are some fundamental tools. An example includes circuit simulation software, which is used to help refine design processes with greater cost and time efficiency.

Experimentation is an essential part of innovating and developing new technology; circuit simulation offers users the benefits of different tools, commands and other features to continuously test and improve the final product. You may be surprised to learn the type of software used is accessible to designers and engineers at varying levels.

At DesignSpark, we offer a circuit simulator service that can be used to open up avenues in the world of technology. To find out more about how circuit simulation is used in exploration and new technologies, check out our guide.

What is a circuit simulator?

Engineers use circuit simulation software to create a virtual imitation of a circuit and its components, such as resistors, capacitors and transistors. This allows users to change and test the circuit before a final model is built.

The simulators recreate the flow of electrical current and its response to the input signals and conditions, showing how it interacts with the components as it progresses. The versatility of circuit simulators means that users can test many types of circuits.

What types of circuits can be simulated?

Here are some examples of the types of circuits that can be simulated:

  • Analog circuits: These are typically complex combinations of resistors, capacitors and other components, and can be tricky to design in comparison to those that do the same task digitally. Examples of analog electronics include radios and audio equipment in control systems.
  • Digital logic circuits: These are the basic circuits used in digital devices such as computers and mobile phones. You can get logic circuits and sequential logic circuits. Despite being relatively simple to design, they can be more expensive to produce than analog circuits.
  • Complex integrated designs: Integrated circuit (IC) designs use interconnected circuit elements for a specific function. Most modern electronic devices use ICs, including computers, smartphones, cars and other consumer electronics.
  • Mixed-signal circuits: This is an integrated circuit that combines analog and digital circuits on a single semiconductor chip. They have become increasingly common with the evolution of technology.

The evolution of these circuit types shows how technology has changed, allowing engineers to create complex devices and products. The freedom and exploration that circuit simulators offer means this could progress further.

How circuit simulators can be used in exploration and new technologies

Engineers regularly spend time experimenting and pursuing different routes when creating new technologies. Here's how circuit simulation software can facilitate this:

  • Predict the behaviour of new designs
  • Test for design flaws
  • Improve design accuracy
  • Make adjustments to the design
  • Work from existing designs
  • Reduce the need for prototyping
  • Accelerate development cycles

With DesignSpark, you can analyse the existing design and make quick adjustments to experiment and push for more capabilities. We have a library with hundreds of pre-defined components and models, so you can be on your way in no time at all. Alternatively, you can create circuit designs from scratch. Our program has been built using industry-standard VHDL modelling language, allowing for easy importing of designs and models.

When working from cloud-based circuit simulation software, you'll get access from multiple compatible devices. Plus, other users will be able to access designs and contribute to the process. In some cases, circuit simulation designs can be transferred to CAD environments.

Having the right circuit simulation software can help foster a continuous, innovative way of working that allows exploration and the development of new technologies to come naturally.

Advantages of circuit simulation for exploration and new technologies

With effective circuit simulation software, developing new technologies can be more achievable due to the following benefits:

  • Cost-saving: If engineers can perfect designs earlier in the process, costs associated with hardware prototypes are reduced.
  • Time-saving: Anything that saves time in a lengthy development project is beneficial. And with deadlines and targets to meet, effective circuit simulation software is invaluable to engineers.
  • Exploring new avenues: Innovation is crucial to evolving technology and tools that allow designers to embrace this is a crucial first step. Using circuit simulation software, you can craft new designs and test them, streamlining the process as you go.
  • Reduce errors: You can locate and reduce errors while testing circuits and their components.

Why choose DesignSpark's Circuit Simulator software service for new technologies?

Engineers and hobbyists can use our circuit simulation software to propel design processes forward.

  • A choice of plans: We offer three subscription plans, depending on your needs and preferences. Go for our free Explorer level to get a good amount of access to our circuit simulation software. Alternatively, you can choose the Creator or Engineer levels to benefit from a 60-minute time limit. The latter also gives you access to private groups where you can collaborate with other engineers.
  • Access to different systems: Each level gives you access to analog, digital, mixed-signal and multi-domain systems. You can use electro-mechanical and electro-thermal options in each.
  • Latest news: We keep engineers up to date with the latest information about circuit simulators. Have more questions? Visit our FAQs or speak to our experts.

Log in or register today to begin using circuit simulation software with DesignSpark.

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