Q. Why do SPICE models run in some simulators, but not in all simulators?
A: All simulators share a core simulation programming language, but each simulation tool has its own set of functions and commands that are specific to those simulators. So models developed to run seamlessly in one simulator, may give errors during simulation, or worse, not even run.
Q. Why is ADI no longer offering the free NI Multisim Component Evaluator?
A. Based on the feedback, the majority of our customers prefer to remain in their environment of choice for circuit simulation. Instead of dedicating the support for just one major circuit simulator in the market, ADI will provide better value to our customers by focusing on delivering SPICE models that are compatible with a wider selection of major simulation tools in the industry.
Q. When will the Multisim Component Evaluator Analog Devices Edition be discontinued?
A. ADI and NI are discontinuing the NI Multisim Component Evaluator as of May 31st, 2014. ADI and NI will continue to work together to provide quality models, symbols, and footprints which will be featured in the libraries of NI Multisim and NI Ultiboard products which you may already use . Future joint endeavors are also possible, where it makes sense for both companies.
Q. Can I still recieve support for my NI Multisim Component Evaluator?
A. NI Multisim Component Evaluator will continue to be supported right up to the final date of the contract.
Q. How will I be able to simulate ADI components in the future?
A. ADI plans on integrating our SPICE models directly into the libraries of the most popular simulation tools in the industry. Maintaining that library with all model fixes and as well as all new part releases will be a priority.
Q. Will ADI be providing any other free simulator to use in the future?
A. At this time, ADI does not have plans to provide another free simulator. Our primary goal is to create robust models, ensure deeper integration with major simulators in the market and keep our model portfolio up-to-date. However, we will continue to listen to our customers and evaluate the option to provide another simulator in the future, if needed.
Q. If I download the NI Multisim Component Evaluator prior to May 31st, will I be able to continue to use it?
A. Downloads of the NI Multisim Component Evaluator will be valid through May 31st, 2014. Once that date has passed and the contract is terminated, the tool can no longer be downloaded or activated.
Q. I currently use the NI Multisim [Student, Educator, 30 day free (Base, Full, PowerPro)] Edition. Will I still be able to use Analog Devices models? Will Analog Devices models be available in the Multisim library?
A. Analog Devices will continue to support SPICE models that function properly in NI Multisim. ADI and NI will work jointly to ensure that the model libraries within NI Multisim contain the newly released parts along with any updates made to previously released models.
Q. If I have a problem with an Analog Devices SPICE model in a 3rd party simulation platform, what should I do?
A. For problems using Analog Devices models you can contact Multisim@analog.com, please include the simulator you are using, description of the error/issue you are encountering, and any circuit details you can provide. Any problems using the third party simulators should be directed to those simulation companies respectively.
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