Spectrum Software
Industrial Strength Simulation




Spectrum Software has released Micro-Cap 11, the eleventh generation of our SPICE circuit simulator.

For users of previous Micro-Cap versions, check out the new features available in the latest version. For those of you who are new to Micro-Cap, take our features tour to see what Micro-Cap has to offer.




PCB Netlist Export

PCB Netlist Export

Micro-Cap has the capability to convert schematics into text netlists that can be imported into PCB layout programs. There are five possible PCB layout netlist formats that the schematic can be converted into: Protel 1, Protel 2, Accel, Orcad PCB II, and PADS. These netlists can then be imported directly into a PCB layout program that can perform layout and routing on the circuit. This feature saves the problem of having to create the schematic in two separate programs. Simply create the schematic and run the simulation in Micro-Cap, export the schematic to a netlist, and then import that netlist into a PCB program that can accept it.

Over 18000 of the components in the Component library have at least one package defined for them. The packages can be chosen when the component is placed in the schematic. After placement in the schematic, click on the Package attribute drop down arrow and a list of available packages will be shown. Each of the components has its package pin configuration defined for a package within the Package library.

The Package library is controlled by the Package editor which lets the user add or edit the package information for any of the components within Micro-Cap. The Package editor lets you define basic packages and complex packages. Complex packages are when more than one instance of the component is present within the package. This editor links the pins used in the schematic to the pins that will be used in the PCB netlist.