10 Oct 2017

Reduce risk and time to market with Microchip’s MPLAB Mindi

Microchip announces the MPLAB Mindi analogue simulation software, which has been updated to include more models and features. The MPLAB Mindi Analogue Simulator is a circuit simulation tool that now supports more than 300 Microchip analogue products, with SIMetrix’s enhanced SPICE (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis) and SIMPLIS Technologies’ SIMPLIS (SIMulation of Piecewise LInear Systems) simulation environments. The updated Mindi analogue simulation software is available as a free download.

Analogue simulation is often a crucial step for circuit design, where complicated device interactions can be difficult to refine and debug in hardware. The proper simulation tools can help designers avoid significant risk, decreasing time to market and saving costly hardware revisions. The MPLAB Mindi Analogue Simulator can test a circuit or sub-circuit, including transient and stability analyses, providing valuable estimation for the target circuit operation.

Many applications require simulation before production. In the past, larger companies were often reliant on third-party providers or internal development for their analogue component models, while many smaller companies wanted to run simulations but were not able to afford tool licences for a full software package. The features and affordability of the MPLAB Mindi Analogue Simulator make it an excellent option for customers of all sizes.

The MPLAB Mindi Analogue Simulator allows for fast simulation of a wide variety of circuits, including closed-loop control systems such as filters, power supplies and motor-drive applications. Powered by SIMetrix/SIMPLIS simulation engines, and pre-loaded with Microchip’s analogue device models, this analogue simulation package allows for more accurate and faster simulation.

The updated software package now includes support for additional Digitally Enhanced Power Analog (DEPA) controllers, linear regulators, MOSFET drivers and LED drivers not present in previous software releases. In addition, it is based on the SIMetrix/SIMPLIS 8.1 software package, with added support for file-defined piecewise linear sources, Laplace transform transfer functions, arbitrary filters, Fourier analysis plots, transmission line modelling and improved convergence in the SIMetrix environment. The update also adds convergence reporting to help with debug issues in the SIMetrix environment.

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