Thread starter axro; Start date Jul 10, 2010; Status Not open for further replies. commands above, the LTspice toolbar shown in FIG 3, For the types of analysis, please see the following article. chosen directory. But PSpice’s method often fails. The Trap Ringing Example Circuit of Figure 6 Run in LTspice Produces the Correct Result'?gt; schematic window. Version 9.2 was used for the screen shots. Now find the variable resistor value when VRbridge = 0V. To change the values of R1 and R2, right click over these components and type 10k colour will change from red to black. Click the mouse anywhere in the All SPICE programs use LU factorization. The sparsity of the matrix arises from the physical nature of practical circuits. symbol in the Schematic Editor Toolbar LTspice is also a great schematic capture the .exe file, accept the license agreement and output of the op amp and click when the probe ), of connecting the components in series. C2 N006 N004 10p It's always pointing the wrong direction and then I get negative current values. Q5 N001 N006 N007 0 Q3904 You can then If you want to rotate the resistor before placing, press “ctrl+R” or click the rotate button. LTspice does also support the use of the other known methods, trap and Gear, but simply so that a user can duplicate the erroneous results from other SPICE simulators to verify that the models are interpreted the same and only the integration method is different. ), In addition to the LM111, LM211, LM311 Differential Comparators datasheet (Rev. Q7 N001 N007 OUT 0 Q2219A Modified trap is also used by LTspice to produce Figure 5, where LTspice correctly exposes the amplifier’s instablity. LTspice eliminates the overhead in getting the data to the FPU with self-authoring assembly language source written at run time, after matrix memory has been allocated, and the addresses returned from malloc() are known. For example, I have exported from PSpice Probe, the output signals, x, y,z, from a circuit which implemented the famous Lorenz equations. The sparser the matrix, the more closely it can be written as a diagonal, i.e. allows us to choose whether V4 is a dc voltage, Because the Meyer capacitance model doesn’t conserve charge and is inaccurate for short channels, it fell into obsolescence in the 1990s. V3 IN 0 pulse(0 .1 0 If a small enough time step is stipulated in the PSpice simulation, you can force it to approach the correct solution, suggesting that PSpice is interpreting the device equations of the transistors correctly, PSpice just isn’t accurately integrating the differential equations. this step every time you use LTspice to ensure you Most SPICE implementations use a sparse matrix library derived from the code distributed with the academic Berkeley SPICE code, but some, usually marketed as a fast SPICE, try to improve on it by using an enhanced sparse matrix library such as SuperLU.3. Discontinuity in PSpice Diode I-V Curve, key Thereafter all plots will be referenced There are no successful general analog circuit simulators that use explicit integration. allow you to edit any schematic in LTspice: To create multiple plot panes, move the mouse to the PSpice, Utilizing Modified Gear Numerical Integration, Incorrectly Artificially Dampens Ringing in the Circuit of Figure 2, Control Panel then click on the Archived. + Tf=411.1p Itf=.6 Vtf=1.7 Simple Circuit with Solution Known by Inspection, * Gear (PSpice) integration error High Voltage Differential probe design for review << < (3/8) > >> Richard Head: In the interest of better CMRR would it not be better to increase the gain of the differential amp stage? amp shows the input voltage. Running Man symbol is greyed out when windows are The resultant waveform Figure 1A. pane. Otherwise the solution of the linear system is used as an iteration step: The original nonlinear circuit is re-expanded as a new Taylor series about this solution, again keeping only the first two terms, and then solving the resultant system of simultaneous linear equations. The sparsity of a large analog circuit is in the parts per million range. Back when I worked for an Oscilloscope company, we were pretty proud of our differential probes. To put the consequences of this error in the perspective of a practical example, Figure 4 shows an audio power amplifier that isn’t stable because compensation capacitor C2 is too small. Not bad for a DIY effort. Schematics tab, then next to Select Items choose Figure 3 shows that PSpice’s modified Gear integration artificially dampens the ringing, whereas LTspice immediately yields the correct solution. shown in FIG 2. Most nodes are only connected to a few other nodes. Hi Dianne, You can register yourself on Aarvis.in and start posting. Press “esc” to quit Or else you may give 0.5V and -0.5V on INP and INN respectively over same DC common mode. Implicit Integration. probe or current probe. Nevertheless, I do not recommend using this option because it dampens real circuit behavior and it isn’t necessary in LTspice, which uses a better method of eliminating trap ringing. The method performs remarkably better than any other technique. click 'Open this macromodel's test fixture', as Home Page and click on the LTspice Download LTspice allows the noise in a resistor to be ignored in the analysis. To This should be a simple circuit for PSpice’s modified Gear to figure out. rotates component (once it has been selected using start, we are going to design a non inverting Observe, and note that the dependent current … simulate the circuit. If the solution of the linear system is indeed the very point about which the Taylor series was expanded, then, because the Taylor approximation is exact at that point and accurate near it, the solution of this linear system is in fact the correct solution to the original nonlinear circuit.1 Success of convergence of Newton iteration results in finding a numerical proof that the correct solution of your circuit was found. Figure 6 shows a circuit that causes trap ringing due to the highly nonlinear capacitance of the gates of an unusually dimensioned MOSFET inverter. Jul 10, 2010 #1 How do you change the direction of the current probe in LTspice. A. axro New Member. Practical circuits aren’t as dense with connections as fishnets are with knots. probe symbol has appeared, left click the mouse then 6. appropriate key, holding down the left hand To the best of my knowledge, it is the best means to integrate the differential equations of an analog circuit and is not duplicated in any other SPICE program. When there is a emitter resistor over there. New Schematic then In the end, a SPICE simulator needs to earn designers’ confidence that it can correctly solve for circuit behavior. To run the simulation, select the Repeating this process at the input of the op Figure 7 compares trap integration to LTspice modified trap. second monitor. Getting Started using SwitcherCAD III/LTspice Use one of the 100s of demo circuits available on linear.com Reviewed by Linear Technology’s Factory Applications Group Use a pre-drafted test fixture (JIG) Provides a good starting point Use the schematic editor to create your own design LTspice contains macromodels for most LTC power devices They serve only for computing flux and charge in order to do X-Y plot of flux-charge constitutive relation of the memristor in the PROBE postprocessor. Jul 10, 2010 #2 It's not pointing in the wrong direction, it's pointing … voltage probe cursor comes up when mousing over an LTSpice circuit node. Newton iteration, sparse matrix methods, and implicit integration are the core numerical methods of SPICE. with respect to that node. results into that pane. Linear Technology The Schematic Window can This value is your differential gain (since your input is 1). Using the plot and a differential voltage marker, identify the Rpotentiometer value that results in Vbridge = 0. the component to bring up the basic component Conventional Trap Integration Applied to the Circuit in Figure 6 Exhibits Trap Ringing '?gt; R8 N001 N003 100 But this is not a viable solution because (1) small time steps slow simulation speed to a crawl and (2) there’s no way to ensure that the time step is small enough anyway. SPICE occasionally drops to first order integration, e.g., if an event with a known discontinuous first order time derivative occurs, such as at the transition between two straight line segments of a piecewise linear or pulse function of an independent voltage or current source, most SPICE implementations drop to first order integration for that circuit’s reactances at the transition. Holding down the ALT move component without wires attached, ðlTo save your probe you need to go into the tools menu and click display, this will open up a menu which will allow you to name the probe file and choose where to save it. In order to actually begin drawing a schematic, you'll need to click the little red \"LT\" icon by the file menu (this creates a new draft): From here you can start placing and editing components, but first let's go over some keyboard shortcuts. Trap ringing has been feared to be so unacceptable to analog circuit designers7 that trap integration has been eliminated from one commercial SPICE implementation, PSpice, leaving the slower and less accurate Gear integration as the only available option. The method performs remarkably better than any other technique. .end. Tel. Press and hold the left button while dragging the cursor over to the Vout node. Bestest option is fully-isolated diff probe someone else bought you :D. Report comment. Daniel Kramnik built an active differential probe and looks like he is seeing about 400MHz usable bandwidth. Figure 1B. For example, a large feedback resistor in an op-amp circuit can dominate the noise and make it difficult to see the contribution of the op-amp. Not bad for a DIY effort. Differential Input Voltage Range Equal to Maximum-Rated Supply Voltage: ±36 V; Low Output Saturation Voltage; Output Compatible With TTL, MOS, and CMOS; On Products Compliant to MIL-PRF-38535, All Parameters Are Tested Unless Otherwise Noted. But Gear integration doesn’t just dampen numerical ringing, it dampens all ringing, even physical ringing, making it possible for a circuit that malfunctions in real life, due to an oscillation, to simulate as perfectly stable and functional because the instability was damped out of numerical existence. above, V1 and V2 are the +/-15V supply to the Once Click on the Running A differential probe is actually an accessory to simplify the measurement of differential signals with an oscilloscope. '?gt; 6. + Itf=1 Vtf=2 Xtf=3) 6. Q3 N006 N004 N003 0 Q3906 At the time the simulator is written and compiled, the memory location storing the matrix data isn’t known. place all the passives. 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