Spice for Beginner

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by RobinGriffiths, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. RobinGriffiths

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    Aug 16, 2011
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    Hi,

    Despite dabbling in electronics for years, this is the first time I've taken an interest in Spice for circuit simulation. I've had a play with some versions, e.g. Topspice, LTSpice, Spice2G.6 command line app.

    What I want to do is learn how to define cicruits using spice commands and netlist (in the manner of the 2G.6 command line, but with a rather more sophisticated UI) rather than drawing a schematic circuit. In particular, I was looking at something I can use with the following website http://www.seas.upenn.edu/~jan/spice/spice.overview.html



    Any recommendations on best package for this ?

    Regards,

    Robin
     
  2. Hagen

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    If you are looking for a text based Spice app, and have access to a Mac, MacSpice is the program I used for several years. The documentation is first rate, and the support was great. The best part is that it is a free download.
     
  3. RobinGriffiths

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    Aug 16, 2011
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    Hi Hagen,

    Don't have access to a Mac unfortunately. What I'm after is a windows based text editor, but with nice simulator graphics - those in the command line .exe were text based. Alternatively, I can try an work out how to specify spice text circuits in LTSpice, TopSpice etc.

    A slightly different question. What Spice packages are preferred for hobby/education/semi professional usage ?



    Cheers,

    Robin
     
  4. debjit625

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    LTSpice and Multisim both use spice for analyzing circuits and I prefer both.
    PSpice also use spice for analyzing circuits.
    In LTSpice you can do that,open notepad write your netlist(define your circuit) now save the file with an extension of *.cir.Now open the file under LTSpice and simulate,LTSpice also provide text editor for writing netlist.

    Good luck
     
  5. RobinGriffiths

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    Aug 16, 2011
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    Thanks,

    I'll give LT Spice a bit more attention then.

    Robin
     
  6. steveb

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I was looking for a Mac version of spice. I tried it out quickly and got it running in a few minutes. Works great.
     
  7. RobinGriffiths

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    Aug 16, 2011
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    After some more research, Tina TI spice does what I was after - at least what I think I was after. There's a netlist editor that I can create/edit directly within the app and apply analysis directly to the .Cir file.

    Cheers,

    Robin
     
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