NI Multisim and NI Ultiboard Professional Product Features

Contents

Overview

NI Multisim's schematic capture and simulation environment, and NI Ultiboard's 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.

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.

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.

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

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