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Proteus 8

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Helps You in Designing Your Circuits and Simulating Them Efficiently

By Sam James

On Monday, September 22, 2014

Proteus 8 is an effective application for developing PCB (printed circuit board) designs, creating schematic captures, and simulating microprocessors. Its interface simplifies various circuitry tasks prompting many users to download this circuit design software. It offers a wide range of individual and combined modules to offer a variety of services. Proteus 8 was able to combine ARES PCB layout with ISIS schematic capture modules, so it can produce a powerful design software. ISIS, or Intelligent Schematic Input system, is a module that offers many features accessible through a simple interface. It enables users to create designs of electric circuits of various components including microprocessors, power supplies, simple resistors, microcontrollers, signal generators, etc. This software has a powerful design environment to boot, so it can define aspects of the components aforementioned clearly. After designing circuitry, users can simulate their creations in real-time using Proteus 8’s Virtual System Modeling, or VSM. It features a mixed-mode SPICE simulation, animated components, and microprocessor models to better help users in their simulation processing.

Pros

  • Offers power planes with unlimited shapes
  • Offers netlist with unlimited number of pins

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  • Requires payment for full version
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A Complex Application Where You Can Create PCB in a Professional Way

By Daren Garius

On Friday, July 25, 2014

We all know that making printed circuit boards (PCB) is a very complex task and I think only professionals who work in electronic field will truly understand this kind of responsibility, plus there are good set of software applications that can help you to make this job done and one of them is Proteus. This application will help you to construct and simulate PCB. It also lets you work in electronic 3D design and make compound projects as well. I find its interface very arranged and organize with plenty of commands and tools that are needed to create and test circuit boards. I must say this application is certainly for expert users, who have the knowledge and understanding about this one. Moreover, the Graphs here can be simulate, edit, verify and export, plus you can also edit and save templates in a new form if you have to. Overall, Proteus 8 is a helpful software application for professionals out there, and for me, it is one of the finest in its category.

Pros

  • It has an organized interface
  • Works in electronic 3D design

Cons

  • It is not suitable for novice users
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Easy 3D Simulation Software for Designing Your Printed Circuit Boards

By Pablo Conde Ferrer

On Friday, August 22, 2014

Frequently mistaken for the Proteus game, Proteus 8 is far from that. It’s a very helpful tool for creating printed circuit board (PCB) designs. Users can capture schematic designs, develop PCBs, and simulate microprocessors. Many of its users love how it simplifies all these tasks with its user-friendly interface. Along with this, it features a number of combined modules that offers diverse services. In addition, to make it more powerful, it combined ISIS schematic capture and ARES PCB layout. ISIS, or the Intelligent Schematic Input System, is a module that has numerous features and that can be controlled through its simple user interface (UI). It enables users to easily design an electric circuit’s plane using various components. Components that are usually used include simple resistors, microprocessor, signal generators, microcontroller, power supplies, and many more. It is so amazing in fact, that Proteus 8 has the capability to define components, its many aspects and even its appearance. Truly, this software provides a powerful PCB design environment.

Pros

  • Displays appearance of circuit components clearly
  • Provides a basic and user-friendly interface

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  • Only trial version is free
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

For what are you going to use the program?
  • student programming labs in the college is the main purpose of downloading software, pcb designing is an important task to perform for which.

  • i want to test my program before make it in hardware. i wanna test my sensor output dht11 with the microcontroller pic16f877a for sensing humidity.

  • This software is required for simulating the Microduino. This will help me build the circuits for my project to experiment and obtain results

  • college purpose assignments and studey about it as its one of the most widely used one in the current times.hope to have a good experience with it.

  • to apply and experiment some electronic circle by using voltages, resistances, currents, transistors,loaded, capacitors as well as account the values of them

What similar programs have you used?
  • national instrument for circuit designing and implementation for printed copper board to trouble shoot and run via software successfully time

  • i didn't use any program before.I'm new in electronics.i hope this will help me to start simulating .i want to used to simulate component with arduino

  • Am gonna to use the Dev-C++ code which is very attractive and easily understandable by everyone. Therefore, it compatible with the Arduino UNO R3

  • I have used cadsoft eagle software for pcb designing. BUt it is not having simulation feature. as i have listen proteus is very easy to use.

  • This is so usefull for who are ready to work on simulation on logic design, also supports lot of features mainly for testing embedded systems

What do you like most about this program?
  • IT MAKES IT FOR ME TO DESIGN ELECTRONICS CIRCUITS ANS SIMILATE THEM TO BE QUITE SURE ABOUT THEIR OPERATION BEFORE I CAN CONSTRUCT THEM ON THE BREADBOARD OR VEROBOARD

  • I think the most important point about this type of program is the simulation of circuits which gives the acceleration for designing systems

  • learn to be proffesionnel in baccaleaureat technique and succes this year i need it so much our proffesour try to dowload it in our computer

  • to designe pcb, making my curcuit and train may self on electronik way, because tis software is very important for me to improve mya self better

  • i like it to download because it is somewhat interesting to stimulate the programs done in keil microvision 4 and it is useful for future generations

Review

Proteus is an application that allows the user to make schematic captures, simulate microprocessors and develop PCB (printed circuit board) designs. Most of the users download this software because its interface simplifies the different tasks. It comprises several modules that are combined to offer distinct services. This software combines ARES PCB layout and ISIS schematic capture to provide a powerful design program.

The 3D viewer gives the customer the opportunity to get a view of the circuit board as it would be in real life

ISIS (Intelligent Schematic Input System) module provides a wide number of features controlled by using a simple user interface. It allows you to design the plane of an electric circuit using many different components, such signal generators, simple resistors, power supplies, a different microcontroller or microprocessor, and many others. Proteus it makes possible to define many of the aspects of the components appearance and it incorporates a powerful design environment.

The designs can be simulated in real-time through VSM (Virtual System Modeling). It is provided with a mixed-mode SPICE simulation, microprocessor models and animated components to facilitate the simulation to the user. VSM extension is integrated in the ISIS module and allows you to simulate the tasks that you want the program to carry out, being able to handle the microcontroller and its outputs. The simulation can be done with low level and high level code.

Another remarkable module that is integrated in Proteus is ARES (Advanced Routing and Editing Software) is a tool that allows you to route, edit and locate components used to for the production of printed circuit boards. The 3D viewer gives the customer the opportunity of having a view of the board as it would be in the real life. It generally gives you the option of editing the welding and surface layers.

Obtain a real-life view of your board using VSM 3D viewer
Obtain a real-life view of your board using VSM 3D viewer

Additional Information

Compared to other similar applications, Proteus provides the user with various tools that work in a simple and intuitively way. Maybe that's why this tool is frequently used in the education field. It is very friendly for novice users who are interested on obtaining high level simulation, schematics and board designs. You can download a free version to try it out.

Another positive feature of Proteus is that the developer provides free material to manage this software. In the official website there are several video demonstrations about Proteus VDM simulation and PCB design. There is also more support information to download and discussion forums that could help the user to utilize the application and share information.

Choose components from a wide range of options for creating your own circuits
Choose components from a wide range of options for creating your own circuits

Proteus 8 Features

  • Proteus incorporates a tool that automatically places a component in the netlist into the board
  • Make a basic simulation
  • Proteus has a Schematic capture module, PBC Layout module and a display technology that accelerates hardware.
  • It is possible to execute the integrated based router loading custom scripts or using an interactive mode
  • Proteus provides a 3D visualization (VSM) of the board. It includes navigation and a 3D data footprints user application
  • Manage and configure dynamic teardrops
  • Export layouts using ODB++ CAD/CAM format
  • Proteus gives an automatic gate-swap optimization
  • There are unlimited shape-based power planes per each layer
  • Unlimited shape based power planes per layer
  • Unlimited number of pins in a netlist

If you want more information about Proteus, you can take a look to the official website here

System Requirements

  • Operating system: Windows XP SP3
  • Processor: 233 Mhz
  • HDD: 165 MB of free space