Glossary Definition for Circuit Simulator

Glossary Term: Circuit Simulator 

Definition

Circuit Simulator

A circuit simulator is a piece of software that emulates the behavior of a real hardware circuit before it is built. The circuit simulator can be used to verify that a hardware design is behaving correctly and producing the desired output signal for a specified set of inputs. The reliability of the tool depends on the creation of accurate mathematical models that describe the behavior of the circuit components in multiple variable scenarios including component tolerances, temperature and supply voltage.

What Design Tools Does Maxim Have?

Our portfolio of design tools provides you with the assistance you need to simplify and shorten your design process. These design tools help in multiple tasks, from IC selection to circuit design, analysis, and validation to BOM delivery and PCB layout. These include advanced system and sub-system level integrated circuit design tools such as the EE-Sim® design and simulation environment and the OASIS offline simulator.

What Can These Circuit Simulation Tools Do?

These tools include a portfolio of power devices available to design and simulate. You can quickly recalculate compensation after component changes, set component derating values, and perform efficiency calculations. They provide the flexibility to simulate user defined line transients as well as AC and steady-state conditions for user defined line and load settings. Other useful features include the ability to compare two designs, create custom user plots and reports, while schematics, plots and bill-of-materials can be exported in multiple file formats. Additional resources can be found in the form of product selectors, online calculators, SPICE models, IBIS models and CAD files.

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