NI Extends Virtual Instrumentation to Electronics Workbench

National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) Electronics Workbench Group announced the release of Multisim 10.0 and Ultiboard 10.0, the latest versions of its interactive SPICE simulation and circuit analysis software used for schematic capture, interactive simulation, board layout and integrated testing. This platform extends the flexibility of virtual instrumentation to the electronics designer’s benchtop, bridging the common gap between test and design functions. With the combination of National Instruments Multisim 10.0 circuit simulation software and LabVIEW measurement software, engineers creating custom printed circuit boards (PCBs) now can easily compare simulated and real-world data, resulting in fewer design iterations, reduced prototyping errors and shorter time to market.

Engineers can use Multisim 10.0 to interactively build circuit schematics and simulate circuit behavior. Multisim abstracts the complexity of SPICE simulation so the engineer does not need in-depth SPICE expertise to quickly capture, simulate and analyze new designs, making it particularly useful in electronics education. With Multisim and virtual instrumentation, PCB design engineers and electronics educators are able to achieve a fully integrated design flow from theory to schematic capture and simulation to prototyping and test.

“Multisim 10.0 provides a strong foundation for the NI electronics education platform, which also includes the NI ELVIS [Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite] prototyping workstation and NI LabVIEW, and gives students a comprehensive, hands-on experience throughout the entire electronics product design cycle,” said Ray Almgren, vice president of academic relations at National Instruments. “With this platform, students can easily transition from theory to the real world with hands-on prototyping, gaining an in-depth understanding of circuit design.”

Multisim 10.0 and Ultiboard 10.0 introduce a large number of professional design features with a focus on advanced simulation tools, an enhanced component database and an expanded user community. The component database includes more than 1,200 new components and more than 500 new SPICE models from leading vendors such as Analog Devices, Linear Technology and Texas Instruments, as well as more than 100 new switch-mode power supply models. Additional enhancements include a new Convergence Assistant that automatically adjusts SPICE parameters to correct simulation errors, enhanced data visualization and analyses including a new current probe instrument and updated static probes for differential measurements as well as support for BSIM 4 parameters.

National Instruments Ultiboard 10.0 provides an easy-to-use and intuitive platform to lay out and route PCB designs. The entire layout process, from placement to copper routing, is completed in a flexible design environment that optimizes speed and control. NI Ultiboard 10.0 includes significant speed improvements when placing and moving components and laying copper traces. Opening large designs is roughly twice as fast due to changes in design rule checks. These enhancements make the transition from schematic to physical board quicker and easier, considerably improving the final PCB design.

Multisim 10.0 can be purchased as a complete, integrated design and test platform that includes Ultiboard 10.0 and National Instruments LabVIEW SignalExpress, the interactive measurement software that improves productivity by controlling all instruments on a benchtop. Multisim 10.0 is currently shipped in English; localized German and Japanese versions will be available in mid-2007.

About National Instruments
National Instruments is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 25,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 10 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 4,000 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. For the past eight years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

About the NI Electronics Workbench Group
National Instruments acquired Electronics Workbench in February 2005. With this acquisition, NI is expanding its presence in engineering education and developing seamless integration between test and design tools. By combining virtual instrumentation based on LabVIEW with Multisim interactive SPICE simulation software, design engineers and electronics students can easily prototype circuits in the lab and compare theory and simulated results with actual measurements. NI Electronics Workbench Group is committed to providing innovative, high-quality PCB design and simulation tools for both professional design and academic customers.

Pricing and Contact Information
Multisim 10.0
Priced from $1,499; €1,549; ¥209,000

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