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TI unveils PSpice simulator for analogue IC design

15th September 2020
Mick Elliott

A new custom version of the PSpice simulator from Cadence Design Systems has been announced by Texas Instruments.

It offers full-featured circuit simulation with a growing library of more than 5,700 TI analogue integrated circuit (IC) models, enabling engineers to evaluate components for new designs.

Shorter project timelines increase the demands on engineers to produce accurate designs on tight project timelines.

Failure to reliably test a design could lead to a costly setback in the production timeline, making simulation software a critical tool in every engineer’s design process.

"Choosing the right simulation software can make or break a design, as it should accelerate development, not hinder it," said Kevin Anderson, practice leader for power, automotive and industrial semiconductor research at Omdia. "Tools that are intuitive and include system-level simulation capabilities can cut development time and speed time to market."

Leveraging Cadence’s advanced simulation technology, using PSpice for TI reduces the risk of circuit errors with full validation of system-level designs before prototype.

TI also provides open access to one of the industry’s largest libraries of IC models, which are automatically synced into the tool.

With PSpice for TI, engineers can build a complete schematic without size limitations using a built-in library of TI power and signal chain models, as well as PSpice analogue behavioural models, enhanced primitives, and new capability for power designers with configurable power field-effect transistors and power diodes.

Advanced capabilities include automatic measurements and post-processing, as well as Monte Carlo and worst-case analysis, enabling engineers to fully validate their designs over a wide range of operating conditions and device tolerances with just a few clicks.

After completing validation of a simulated design in PSpice for TI, users can open the design in commercial versions of PSpice Designer, and then transfer the design to other Cadence printed circuit board (PCB) tools such as OrCAD/Allegro PCB Designer without having to recreate their schematic.

Product evaluation takes less time with synchronised library updates, which eliminate the need to manually import the latest TI models individually.

Within the tool, users also have quick access to TI data sheets, product information, reference design test circuits and relevant search queries from TI E2E technical support forums – connecting engineers to the documentation and expertise they need to easily select, simulate and purchase TI products that meet their design needs.

"Cadence PSpice is the trusted signoff simulator for power supplies, internet of things devices and other electronics in a wide range of markets, including healthcare, aerospace and defense, and automotive," said Tom Beckley, senior vice president and general manager of the Custom IC and PCB Group at Cadence. "Our ongoing investment in PSpice and collaboration with TI aligns with our Intelligent System Design strategy by enabling TI customers to simulate their system-level designs faster, reducing development time and accelerating time to market."

PSpice for TI is now available for download at no cost.

Customers can use their myTI account to register for the tool.

Upon registration and download, users have immediate access to its built-in model library of 5,700 products and counting.

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