Analog Design and Simulation using OrCAD Capture and PSpice

Analog Design and Simulation using OrCAD Capture and PSpice

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  • Author: Dennis Fitzpatrick
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080970967

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Analog Design and Simulation using OrCAD Capture and PSpice provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the Cadence/OrCAD family of Electronic Design Automation software for analog design and simulation. Organized into 22 chapters, each with exercises at the end, it explains how to start Capture and set up the project type and libraries for PSpice simulation. It also covers the use of AC analysis to calculate the frequency and phase response of a circuit and DC analysis to calculate the circuits bias point over a range of values. The book describes a parametric sweep, which involves sweeping a parameter through a range of values, along with the use of Stimulus Editor to define transient analog and digital sources. It also examines the failure of simulations due to circuit errors and missing or incorrect parameters, and discusses the use of Monte Carlo analysis to estimate the response of a circuit when device model parameters are randomly varied between specified tolerance limits according to a specified statistical distribution. Other chapters focus on the use of worst-case analysis to identify the most critical components that will affect circuit performance, how to add and create PSpice models, and how the frequency-related signal and dispersion losses of transmission lines affect the signal integrity of high-speed signals via the transmission lines. Practitioners, researchers, and those interested in using the Cadence/OrCAD professional simulation software to design and analyze electronic circuits will find the information, methods, compounds, and experiments described in this book extremely useful.

Key Features

  • Provides both a comprehensive user guide, and a detailed overview of simulation
  • Each chapter has worked and ready to try sample designs and provides a wide range of to-do exercises
  • Core skills are developed using a running case study circuit
  • Covers Capture and PSpice together for the first time


Professional electronics design engineers, advanced amateur electronics designers, electronic engineering students and professors looking for a book with a real-world design outlook

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    Chapter 1. Getting Started

    1.1. Starting Capture

    1.2. Creating a PSpice Project

    1.3. Symbols and Parts

    1.4. Design Templates

    1.5. Summary

    1.6. Exercises

    1.7. Extra Library Work

    Chapter 2. DC Bias Point Analysis

    2.1. Netlist Generation

    2.2. Displaying Bias Points

    2.3. Save Bias Point

    2.4. Load Bias Point

    2.5. Exercises

    Chapter 3. DC Analysis

    3.1. DC Voltage Sweep

    3.2. Markers

    3.3. Exercises

    Chapter 4. AC Analysis

    4.1. Simulation Parameters

    4.2. AC Markers

    4.3. Exercises

    Chapter 5. Parametric Sweep

    5.1. Property Editor

    5.2. Exercises

    Chapter 6. Stimulus Editor

    6.1. Stimulus Editor Transient Sources

    6.2. User-generated Time–Voltage Waveforms

    6.3. Simulation Profiles

    6.4. Exercise

    Chapter 7. Transient Analysis

    7.1. Simulation Settings

    7.2. Scheduling

    7.3. Check Points

    7.4. Defining a Time–Voltage Stimulus using Text Files

    7.5. Exercises

    Chapter 8. Convergence Problems and Error Messages

    8.1. Common Error Messages

    8.2. Establishing a Bias Point

    8.3. Convergence Issues

    8.4. Simulation Settings Options

    8.5. Exercises

    Chapter 9. Transformers

    9.1. Linear Transformer

    9.2. Non-linear Transformer

    9.3. Predefined Transformers

    9.4. Exercises

    Chapter 10. Monte Carlo Analysis

    10.1. Simulation Settings

    10.2. Adding Tolerance Values

    10.3. Exercises

    Chapter 11. Worst Case Analysis

    11.1. Sensitivity Analysis

    11.2. Worst Case Analysis

    11.3. Adding Tolerances

    11.4. Collating Functions

    11.5. Exercise

    Chapter 12. Performance Analysis

    12.1. Measurement Functions

    12.2. Measurement Definitions

    12.3. Exercises

    Chapter 13. Analog Behavioral Models

    13.1. ABM Devices

    13.2. Exercises

    Chapter 14. Noise Analysis

    14.1. Noise Types

    14.2. Total Noise Contributions

    14.3. Running a Noise Analysis

    14.4. Noise Definitions

    14.5. Exercise

    Chapter 15. Temperature Analysis

    15.1. Temperature Coefficients

    15.2. Running a Temperature Analysis

    15.3. Exercises

    Chapter 16. Adding and Creating PSpice Models

    16.1. Capture Properties for a PSpice Part

    16.2. PSpice Model Definition

    16.3. Subcircuits

    16.4. Model Editor

    16.5. Exercises

    Chapter 17. Transmission Lines

    17.1. Ideal Transmission Lines

    17.2. Lossy Transmission Lines

    17.3. Exercises

    Chapter 18. Digital Simulation

    18.1. Digital Device Models

    18.2. Digital Circuits

    18.3. Digital Simulation Profile

    18.4. Displaying Digital Signals

    18.5. Exercises

    Chapter 19. Mixed Simulation

    19.1. Exercises

    Chapter 20. Creating Hierarchical Designs

    20.1. Hierarchical Ports and Off-page Connectors

    20.2. Hierarchical Blocks and Symbols

    20.3. Passing Parameters

    20.4. Hierarchical Netlist

    20.5. Exercises

    Chapter 21. Magnetic Parts Editor

    21.1. Design Cycle

    21.2. Exercises

    Chapter 22. Test Benches

    22.1. Selection of Test Bench Parts

    22.2. Unconnected Floating Nets

    22.3. Comparing and Updating Differences between the Master Design and Test Bench Designs

    22.4. Exercises

    Appendix. PSpice Measurement Definitions


Product details

  • No. of pages: 344
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2011
  • Published: September 28, 2011
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080970967

About the Author

Dennis Fitzpatrick

Dennis Fitzpatrick
Dr Fitzpatrick is a Reader in Biomedical Engineering at The University of West London, where he also leads the Biomedical Engineering Research Group. He has a BEng degree in Electronic Engineering, a PhD in Bioengineering and is a Chartered Electronics Engineer and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

His primary research interest is in the use of Functional Electrical Simulation (FES) for the restoration of bladder function and restoration of gait in stroke and spinal cord injured patients. His research focuses on the design and development of implantable medical systems. His recent book 'Analogue Design and Simulation using OrCAD Capture and PSpice', also published by Elsevier, has sold worldwide to highly acclaimed reviews in numerous prestigious electronic engineering journals such as EDN and Electronic Times and is officially endorsed by Cadence Design Systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Reader, Institute for Practice, Interdisciplinary Research and Enterprise (INSPIRE), University of West London, UK

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