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This module provides a brief a list of the objectives for this set of modules based on National Instruments Multisim. Multisim is fully featured SPICE schematic capture and simulation tool used for circuit design, simulation, and in combination with Ultiboard for layout of custom PCBs.


Course objectives and overview

This course will provide you with an introduction to Multisim's many features. At the end of the threehours, you should have a basic understanding of the user interface (UI), schematic capture and simulation. You will also see howMultisim fits into the broader PCB design flow (Figure 1 and Figure 2).

The course is split into sections, each containing associated exercises to help solidify the conceptspresented. There is also an Appendix, which provides some direction on how to integrate Multisim with National Instruments’products to create a truly integrated benchtop platform for design andverification.

Course materials

In order to successfully complete this course, you will need the following:

  • Multisim Software.
  • Multisim User Guide and helpfiles (available in soft copies installed with the software).
  • Associated circuits (associated circuits found on the CD in the back of this book).

The electronics workbench portfolio

Electronics Workbench Product Flow


Multicap 9 is the industry’s most intuitive and powerful schematic capture program. Multicap’s innovative and timesaving features, including modeless operation, powerfulautowiring and a comprehensive database organized into logical parts bins on your desktop, allow designs to be captured almost asfast as they can be conceptualized. Repetitive tasks are optimized, leaving you freer to create, test and ultimately perfect yourdesigns, resulting in superior products and minimizing time-to-market.


Multisim, the world’s only interactive circuit simulator, allows you to design better products in lesstime. Multisim includes a completely integrated version of Multicap, making it the ideal tool for capturing schematics andthen instantly simulating circuits.

Multisim 9 also offers integration with National Instruments LabVIEW and SignalExpress, allowing you totightly integrate design and test.


Ultiboard has been carefully designed to maximize your productivity. By optimizing the most commonrepetitive tasks such as part and trace placement, the number of keystrokes and mouse movements required to lay out any design hasbeen dramatically reduced.

Ultiboard handles today’s higher speed designs with ease using constraint driven layout. Innovativefeatures such as Real-Time design rule checking,“Push&Shove”components&traces, component nudging with trace rubberbanding,“Follow-me”trace editing and an Automatic Connection machine ensure that you rapidly complete an error-freeboard.

Ultiroute for professional customers

For all but the most basic PCBs, the density and complexity of today’s designs make manual component and trace placement techniques impractical. For these designs, ElectronicsWorkbench offers Ultiroute—a state-of-the-art autorouting and autoplacement tool.

Ultiroute ensures high circuit performance and lower production costs for these demanding projects by uniquelycombining the best of gridless (shape-based) and grid-based routing.

Integrated design and validation with national instruments

The Integrated Design Flow


NI LabVIEW is the graphical development environment for creating flexible and scalable test, measurement,and control applications rapidly and at minimal cost. With LabVIEW, engineers and scientists interface with real-world signals, analyzedata for meaningful information, and share results and applications. Regardless of experience, LabVIEW makes developmentfast and easy for all users.


SignalExpress is interactive software for quickly acquiring, comparing, automating, and storing measurements.Use SignalExpress to streamline your exploratory and automated measurement tasks for electronics design, validation, andtest.

SignalExpress introduces an innovative approach to configuring your measurements using intuitivedrag-and-drop steps that do not require code development.

Ni elvis

National Instruments Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) is a LabVIEW-based designand prototyping environment for university science and engineering laboratories. NI ELVIS consists of LabVIEW-based virtualinstruments, a multifunction data acquisition device, and a custom-designed benchtop workstation and prototyping board. Thiscombination provides a ready-to-use suite of instruments found in all educational laboratories. Because it is based on LabVIEW andprovides complete data acquisition and prototyping capabilities, the system is ideal for academic coursework, from lower-divisionclasses to advanced project-based curricula. Curriculum applications include electronics design, communications, controls,mechatronics, instrumentation, and data acquisition.

Questions & Answers

how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
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Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
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are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
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Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
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Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
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for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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types of nano material
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I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
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Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
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good afternoon madam
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what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
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this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
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