Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Circuit simulators

A good way to test a circuit design without actually going to the trouble of buying the parts, putting it together on a breadboard, and then trying to troubleshoot it/buy new parts when it (almost inevitably) fails is to use a circuit simulator. One that I've used and like fairly well is a java applet that is simply called "Circuit Simulator". It has quite a few different components that it simulates and since it is java, it should work on any platform that supports java - MacOS, Linux, even Windows.

I've used other simulators, but I can't remember what the names of them are at the moment, but I will check with some of my friends who have used them as well to see if they can remember specifics. Searching at the moment is proving fruitless... more to come later, hopefully...

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