Reply-To: "Kevin Aylward"
From: "Kevin Aylward"
Subject: Re: PSPICE versus Electronics Workbench
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Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 09:07:37 +0100
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"Fred Bloggs" wrote in message
> Nico wrote:
> > hello there
> > I am a lecturer and have to choose a simulation electronics
software. I have
> > heard of PSPICE and Electronics Workbench. Are they the same thing,
> > what are the differences and which is best, in your opinion.
> > Thanks in advance
> > Nico
> The "P" in PSPICE denotes that it is SPICE for "P"ersonal computers to
> distinguish it from mainframe platforms. PSPICE from Cadence has been
> around since the beginning, DOS, although not originally developed by
> Cadence, and probably has the largest installed user base.
But a I suspect that this is were looks are misleading. Yes, PSpice is
probably number one in the minds of users, and perceived to be the most
well known. However, I don't think that has the most users at all. EWB
claim 170,000 users of their products, maybe 100,000 with spice?
PSpice is the most known because it was first on the PC.
>You will find
> that most available device models have a PSPICE version and that
> all the other SPICE-type electronic simulation packages imitate the
> essential features of PSPICE. The advantages of PSPICE are: readily
> available device models that port directly into the installation,
> installed user base and expertise, endless amount of literature and
> textbooks that cover circuit simulation using PSPICE specifically, and
> this material can be either dedicated to SPICE or general circuit or
> electronics theory, the de-facto development interface that all others
> follow in their essential capability,
As far as the GUI is concerned, I don't think that this is really true.
Spice is Spice, just what would *anyone* do in a GUI?
>and free student downloads that
> are good enough. This does not mean PSPICE is good, but it does mean
> is more the mainstream.
And horrendously expensive.
GUI's for the most part, have obliterated much of the need spice
instruction textbooks and such like.
I think PSpice is "not bad ". I have used and bought it (via companies)
3 times. I don't have an overall complaint against it. However, at
$5,000+, for its features, I think is simple daft, to use it. There are
so many other spices out there, not just mine, that will do the job,
essentially just as well, for a 1/10 the price. Its like many don't
think that they have a *real* guitar unless its a Gibson or a Fender.
SuperSpice, a very affordable Mixed-Mode
Windows Simulator with Schematic Capture,
Waveform Display, FFT's and Filter Design.