Multisim Basics Course Overview

The NI Circuit Design Suite (Multisim and Ultiboard) equips the professional PCB designer with world-class tools for schematic capture, interactive simulation, board layout, and integrated test. This course teaches the fundamentals of the Multisim integrated capture and simulation design environment. You will learn how to build a schematic and evaluate circuit performance through interactive simulation and advanced analyses while creating custom capture and simulation parts. At the end of this course, students can design and simulate a circuit that is ready for board layout and routing. The hands-on format of this course is the quickest way to become productive with Multisim.

Course Details:

Multisim Basics Course Outline

Schematic CaptureThis lesson introduces the Multisim graphical user interface (GUI) and the Schematic Capture process to start your circuit design.
  • What is Multisim?

  • The design process

  • Setting environment preferences

  • The Multisim GUI

  • Components

  • Placing components

  • Wiring components

Simulation and Virtual InstrumentsThis lesson explains the simulation capabilities of Multisim as well as the concept-check features.
  • Types of simulation

  • What are simulation models?

  • Virtual Instruments

  • Measurement probe

  • Circuit wizards

AnalysesThis lesson covers how you can perform advanced analyses to verify your circuit design.
  • Analyses in Multisim

  • Configuring analyses

  • Using custom expressions

  • The Grapher

Results and Post ProcessingThis lesson introduces the Post-processor and ways to use results from analyses to further calculate and examine data.
  • The Post-processor

  • Configuring the Post-processor

  • Viewing results

Advanced Schematic CaptureThis lesson introduces the features that help you create professional-looking schematics and correctly documented circuit design.
  • Graphic annotations

  • Placing comments

  • Using the description box

  • Title blocks

  • Title block editor

Communication and TransferThis lesson teaches best practices for creating meaningful reports and methods for transferring your design to PCB Layout software.
  • Reports in Multisim

  • Bill of materials

  • Transfer to PCB layout

  • Netlist export

Projects and Design SharingThis lesson teaches you to professionally architect your design; you learn to use design blocks and buses, check for electrical failures and use the Project View.
  • Design blocks

  • Hierarchical view

  • Subcircuits and hierarchical blocks

  • Multi-page design

  • Electrical rules check (ERC)

  • Busses

  • Team design with Multisim

  • Project management with Multisim

Design VariantsThis lesson introduces Design Variants, teaching you how to properly configure and use variants, as well as use cases.
  • What are variants?

  • Variant manager

  • Using the design toolbox

  • Variant mapping

Custom ComponentsThis lesson covers the process for customizing or editing components and creating new components.
  • Tools for editing components

  • Component properties

  • The component wizard

  • The symbol editor

  • Model makers

  • Database manager

  • Using existing databases

  • Component import and export

MCU Co-simulationThis lesson introduces the Multisim MCU Module.
  • The MCU module

  • MCU workspace

  • Code manager

  • Source code editor

  • Memory view

  • Debugging features

Educational Features*This optional lesson introduces the Educational features of Multisim, mostly suitable for an academic classroom setup.
  • Using component faults

  • Rated virtual components

  • Ladder diagrams

  • Forms 

  • Circuit description box

  • Circuit restrictions

  • 3d breadboard

  • 3d ELVIS breadboard 

* Typically covered when the audience is academically-oriented. These topics are optional when the audience is professional. Topics discussed are available in the Educational edition of Multisim;, however, not all features are available in the Base, Full or Power Pro editions.

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