SIMPLIS Technologies Announces the Release of SIMetrix/SIMPLIS 8.4

SIMPLIS Technologies is pleased to announce that we have released version 8.4 of SIMetrix/SIMPLIS.  Below is the breakdown of the major changes.

New Features for the SIMetrix and SIMPLIS

Updated DVM Source and Load Dialogs

The DVM source and load symbol dialogs have been updated to use the Power Supply dialog. This allows the ability to define measurements on the four internal probes (voltage, current, gain or magnitude, and phase) for each of the source and load types.

power supply dialog
Simulator: SIMetrix and SIMPLIS
Required Version: Any DVM License

Schematic Editor Features

Some simple but useful schematic editor features have been developed

  • Component insert: when you place a two-terminal component directly over a wire, the wire will automatically split
  • Component shorting: similar to the disable feature, this disables a component but at the same time shorting its terminals. Works with all two-terminal components and also multi-terminal components that have been appropriately configured. For example, if you short a bipolar transistor, the collector and emitter will be connected but the base will be open circuit.

 

schematic short
Simulator: SIMetrix and SIMPLIS
Required Version: All versions

New Features for the SIMPLIS Simulator

C-Code DLL

Your digital control code, written in C, running in SIMPLIS. No gates to layout and no co-simulation engine required means quick implementation and speedy simulation.

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c-code
Simulator: SIMPLIS
Required Version: Pro or Elite

Magnetics Design Module

The SIMPLIS Magnetics Design Module (MDM) can be added to any variant of SIMetrix/SIMPLIS Classic, Pro, or Elite to enable the creation of realistic inductor and transformer models from a large, editable and extendable catalog of standard and customizable components (cores, materials, wires, and bobbins). SIMPLIS MDM enables the calculation of detailed and accurate inductor and transformer losses and temperatures.

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MDM Tutorial

MDM dialog
Simulator: SIMPLIS
Required Version: Add-on to Classic, Pro, or Elite

Multi-Level Lossy Transformer

The Multi-Level Lossy Transformer has multiple levels of complexity for use in different simulation objectives. The transformer can have up to a total of 20 windings, and can be configured with varying levels of complexity:

  • Level 0 models an ideal transformer with linear magnetizing inductance. There are no winding resistances nor leakage inductance in this model.
  • Level 1 models an ideal transformer with piecewise linear magnetizing inductance. There are no winding resistances nor leakage inductance in this model.
  • Level 2 models an ideal transformer with piecewise linear magnetizing inductance. Leakage inductance for the transformer is referred to the first primary winding and DC winding resistances are included in the model.

 

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multi-level transformer dialog
Simulator: SIMPLIS
Required Version: Classic, Pro, or Elite

Power Supply Sources and Loads

Easily convert your source between 6 AC and 13 DC source types and your load between 19 different load types. Also added was the ability to define measurements on the four internal probes (voltage, current, gain or magnitude, phase) for each of the source and load types.

power supply dialog
Simulator: SIMPLIS
Required Version: Classic, Pro, or Elite

Capacitor/Inductor unit to energy storage converter

No need to calculate Charge vs Voltage or Flux-Linkages vs Magnetizing Current characteristics for capacitors and inductors, respectively. This new tool will allow you to enter your capacitor's Farads vs Voltage or inductor's Henries vs Magnetizing Current characteristics and convert them to a SIMPLIS PWL model.

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cap and inductor converter
Simulator: SIMPLIS
Required Version: Classic*, Pro, or Elite
*Classic version does not support digitizing curve feature.

Updated Controlled Sources with Ideal Limiting

Controlled Sources with Limiting outputs now have the option to have ideally limitted outputs. Previously, the output clamping had some small slope when the gained input signal drove into the clamp. With this new option, the output clamping will be ideal at the levels provided.

To place a controlled source with ideal output limiting, use the Part Selector:

Controlled Sources >

  • CCCS w/ Output Limit
  • CCVS w/ Output Limit
  • VCCS w/ Output Limit
  • VCVS w/ Output Limit

 

controlled sources with limiting output
Simulator: SIMPLIS
Required Version: Classic, Pro, or Elite

New Features for SIMetrix

More Verilog-A Features

Further work with the Verilog-A compiler provides these new features:

  • Hierarchical Structures
  • Access SPICE primitives from Verilog-A
  • Analog Initial Block
  • Statistical Functions
  • File and String Processing Functions

More information

verilog a
Simulator: SIMetrix
Required Version: Pro, or Elite

How to get version 8.40

For those interested in evaluating SIMetrix/SIMPLIS 8.40, please head to the Evaluation page and follow the directions to obtain a trial license.

For those who are up to date on their maintenance, the installer can be downloaded here.  If you do not possess the credentials for downloading the new version, please contact us at support@simplistechnologies.com.