EXTERNAL: Re: [TCML] circuit simulator
McCauley, Daniel H
daniel.h.mccauley at lmco.com
Sun Nov 7 17:36:11 MST 2010
LTSpice is FANTASTIC for switchmode stuff.
PSPICE takes much too long to run switching power supply simulations in the TIME DOMAIN. LTSpice works SOOOOO
much faster for switching time domain sims, plus its free!
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From: tesla-bounces at pupman.com [mailto:tesla-bounces at pupman.com] On Behalf Of jimlux
Sent: Sunday, November 07, 2010 5:55 PM
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Subject: EXTERNAL: Re: [TCML] circuit simulator
eric goodchild wrote:
> I would try LTspice then, it's a bit less complex than Pspice but you can
> still do some cool stuff with it.
> Here is a download link for LTspice:
LTspice is great for switched mode stuff..
All the decent circuit modelers take a bit of getting used to, but once
you've figured it out, it's great. For straight linear circuits, hand
analysis works for simple stuff, but once you start getting into things
that turn on and off, a decent time domain modeler is invaluable for
getting an intuitive understanding of what happens when you change
things like component values. That is, short of blowing up parts on the
bench.. although nothing like getting the timing wrong on a high power
h-bridge and *feeling* the effect of shoot-through from the explosion,
and having your co-workers come in and ask, "what was that?" as the
smoke rises. Accidentally cooking the gate of an RF FETs is not nearly
as satisfying a learning experience.. the amp just stops working and
draws too much current on the gate supply.
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