NI Multisim

Advanced circuit design software with simulated components

6.0

537 Votes

  • Category Electronics
  • Program license Trial version
  • Version Education Edition 14.0
  • Size 417.25 MB
  • Works under: Windows 2003 / Windows 2000 / Windows XP / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista
  • Program available in English
  • Program by National Instruments

Multisim is a SPICE environment for Windows that lets users prototype, design, and test electrical circuits in a simulated manner.

Multisim, which used to be called Electronic Workbench, is a SPICE platform for Windows developed by National Instruments. SPICE stands for Simulation Program with Integrated Circuits Emphasis. It’s a tool often used to teach students about electrical circuits because it allows for real-world experience without the risks of working with electrical circuits in the actual real-world.

The application comes with a large selection of objects that can be used in creating, modeling, and testing electrical circuits. These objects include known electrical components, predefined schema, simulation modules and more. The suite also allows for additional modules, including third-party modules, which can be loaded to dictate the current simulation behavior. For instance, a micro-controller module would provide the behaviors and errors common to such an environment.

Multisim is such a powerful tool because one doesn’t need advanced knowledge to use it. Trial and error is encouraged, but the program is sophisticated enough to facilitate an experienced user exploring advanced concepts. Everything that’s needed to prototype, design, develop and even test electrical circuits that do or could exist in the real-world is provided here.

This program has been around awhile, and it shows. The UI has never received the overhaul it should have, but it works well once you’re used it. The UI can be daunting to the new user. It will certainly be familiar to users who have experience in other SPICE environments, but this is a program for beginners. It’s worth noting that many people who use this program are students who are guided by an instructor. If you’re tackling this challenge on your own, some research and trial and error will likely be required.

Pros

  • Prototype and design electrical circuits
  • Test electrical circuits
  • Includes a broad range of intuitive analysis features

Cons

  • Outdated user interface
  • Not as user-friendly as it could be
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