NI Multisim and NI Ultiboard Professional Product Features

Publish Date: May 05, 2012 | 78 Ratings | 3.73 out of 5 |  PDF

Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. NI Multisim - Capture Features
  3. NI Multisim - Simulation Features
  4. NI Ultiboard - Layout Features
  5. NI Ultiboard - Routing Features

1. Overview

National Instruments Multisim schematic capture and simulation environment, and National Instruments Ultiboard layout and routing are available in different packages to ensure you have the professional tools, models, components and functionality to efficiently complete your design. The charts below showcase the various features available in each package.

NI Multisim is available in Base, Full and Power Pro Editions.

NI Ultiboard is available in Full and Power Pro Editions.

 

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2. NI Multisim - Capture Features

The following chart investigates the schematic capture features of NI Multisim.

 Feature

Base

Full

Power Pro

 

Customizable GUI

Modeless part placement and wiring

Fast retrieval parts bins

User defined fields

Advanced symbol editor

Auto and manual wiring

Virtual wiring by node name

Fast auto-connect passives

Rubber banding on part move

Replace multiple components at once

Bus-vector connect

Project manager

Hierarchical design

Multisheet design

Circuit annotations

Comments on schematic

Electrical rules check

Title block editor

Forward/back annotation

Export to Mentor PADS layout

Advanced search

Variant support

 

 

Spreadsheet view

 

 

Design constraints

 

 

Zoom to selected part

 

 

Pin and gate swap

 

 

Customizable BOM

 

 

Advanced reports

 

 

Cross-probing with NI Ultiboard

 

 

ERC scope setting

 

 

Mark no-connect pins

 

 

Database import/export

 

 

Component database*

Partial

Partial

Complete

*To view the components available in each package click here.

 

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3. NI Multisim - Simulation Features

The following chart investigates the simulation features of NI Multisim.

Feature

Base

Full

Power Pro

 

Interactive simulator

Fully mixed-mode A/D simulation

Standard SPICE 3X5/XSPICE

Enhanced model support

Cadence PSpice model simulation*

Speed/accuracy tradeoffs

Simulation Advisor

Convergence Assistant

Virtual, interactive, animated parts

Mouse-click support for interactive parts

Measurement probes

Component Wizard

NI measurement data file sources

NI measurement data file export

NI LabVIEW VIs as instruments and sources

 

Simulation profiles

 

Postprocessor

 

Expressions in analyses

 

Add traces to Grapher, post analysis

 

Rated components

 

Insert faults into components

 

Op-Amp Wizard

 

 

555 Timer Wizard

 

 

Filter Wizard

 

 

CE Amplifier Wizard

 

 

Model makers

 

 

Switch mode power supply simulation models

 

 

RF Design Module

 

 

Nested sweeps

 

 

C-Code modeling

 

 

 Virtual Instruments **

4

15

22

 Analyses **

0

15

19

MCU Functionality ***

 

Multisim Automation API

 

 

 
 

 

 **    To learn more about the virtual instruments and analyses available in the professional tiers of NI Multisim click here.
 ***  To learn more about the features of NI Multisim MCU Module click here.

 

 

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4. NI Ultiboard - Layout Features

The following chart investigates the layout features of NI Ultiboard.

Feature

Full Power Pro
 

Gridless follow-me placement

Push and shove part placement

Push and shove trace placement

Real-time & from copper ratsnest

Auto-alignment

Real-time polygon update with voiding

Keep-in/keep-out areas

Forward/backward annotation

Real-time DRC

Jump to error

64 layers and 1 nanometer resolution

 

Polar grids

Customizable layer viewing

Split power-planes

Comprehensive Footprint Wizard

Enhanced 3D visualization with print

Full screen mode

Gerber, DXF, IPC-D-356A, SVG output

Dimensions on PCB and landpatterns

Dimensions in Database Manager

User annotations

Net bridges

3D visualization inside circuit board

 

Turn off ratsnest for selected nets

 

Load and save technology files

 

Cross-probing with NI Multisim

 

Variant support

 

Component Placement Sequencer

 

Place components in array

 

Unplace all components

 

Ruler bar alignments and measurements

 

Save PCB design as a component

 

Permanent grouping

 

Pin & gate swapping

 

Gridless Connection Machine

 

High-speed constraint-driven layout

 

Multiple clearances

 

Net topology choices

 

Equispace trace support

 

Differential Impedance Calculator

 

Transmission Line Calculator

 

Microvias

 

Test point insertion

 

Automatic tear-dropping

 

Pin necked trace support

 

Automatic jumper insertion

 

Copy route & replica place functions

 

In-place footprint editor

 

Mechanical CAD

 

Export 3D info in 3D IGES, DXF formats

 

Copper amount report

 

Test point report

 

Number of pins supported

1,400

Unlimited

Spreadsheet view

Limited

Complete

 

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5. NI Ultiboard - Routing Features

The following chart investigates the routing features of NI Ultiboard. The previous Ultiroute software is now a standard feature of both Ultiboard Full and Ultiboard Power Pro.

 Feature

Full

Power Pro

 

Autoplacement

Pin & gate swapping

Fully customizable cost factors

Progressive routing

Interactive autorouting

Constraint driven routing

Follows keep-in/keep-out criteria

Manual pre-placement: components, vias, traces

Auto block capacitor recognition

SMD mirroring

Net shielding

Automatic testpoint insertion

Trace rubberbanding

Advanced BGA fan-out

 

Topology: shortest, daisy chain, star

 

Prioritize routing order

 

Route an individual net

 

Automatic bus routing

 

Differential pair routing

 

Group autoplace

 

Group autoroute

 

Optimization

 

Pin number limit

1,400

Unlimited

Maximum number of layers

4

64

 

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