Circuit Parameters to Make Schematics Smarter

Oct 01 2013, 12:25 PM PDT · 3 comments »

CircuitLab now supports parameterized circuits, allowing you to define variables and have one or more circuit elements depend on those values. To add a parameter, find the "Parameter Element" in the toolbox, and set a name equal to a value. For example, "Rsrc" = "500" to create a variable with name Rsrc and value 500. You can subsequently reference the name Rsrc in any circuit elements you wish, and before running the simulation, the CircuitLab engine will compute and replace the parameter for you.

These sheet-wide parameters can include calculations, and can even reference each other. In effect, we've built a programming language layer to give you more control of your simulations!

This powerful feature can be used to drive simulations, sweeping multiple related values simultaneously, and can even calculate useful component values for you.

For a simple example, see a parameterized op-amp non-inverting amplifier, which calculates its own resistor divider values:

Open and run the simulations to see the gain-bandwidth tradeoff and the calculated resistor values!

For a more advanced example, take a look at this RF Matching Network, which calculates the correct inductor and capacitor value to use to perform an impedance match between source and load at 2.45GHz:

Open and run the simulations to see the narrowband power transfer maximum across frequency and the calculated capacitor and inductor values!

We hope you'll enjoy this powerful capability and push your simulations to the next level.


Comments

Now that is a major step forwards!

Suddenly you can do a whole lot more with all those behavioural circuits ...

:)

by signality
October 01, 2013

This is a great feature, I need MatLab/simulink less and less these days.

by Garrett
October 01, 2013

Here's an example of some of the more adventurous things you can do with parameters:

:)

by signality
October 08, 2013

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