Solved

TESTING SOFTWARE

Posted on 2013-12-28
7
325 Views
Last Modified: 2014-01-08
Hello Experts,

I am not sure this is the correct forum to ask this question, but I have designed a printed circuit board, and I would like to be able to test it before incurring the actual fabrication cost, so that I can make sure it actually works.  I am a little new to the design side of PCB's, so I would like to know of an affordable software application that will allow me to import the schematic and/or the Gerber files and test the design.  Any guidance on this would be greatly appreciated.

Aj
0
Comment
Question by:aj85
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
7 Comments
 
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 39744085
I only hobby in electronics; however, in my reading, you need fairly complex equipment for testing circuit boards in a production environment.

I have an Arduino board and prototyping book for making circuits. It has a simple microcontroller on the board.

I think I would suggest Arduino as a starting point to see if you can run the circuit with it.

... Thinkpads_User
0
 
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 39744205
Take a look at this YouTube Video by David Jones.  I have watched a number of his videos. This one is EEVblog Episode 127.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXE_dh38HjU

Also watch parts 2 and 3.

... Thinkpads_User
0
 

Author Comment

by:aj85
ID: 39744327
Hello Thinkpads,

I will view the YouTube links and get back to you shortly.

Thanks,
Aj
0
Comprehensive Backup Solutions for Microsoft

Acronis protects the complete Microsoft technology stack: Windows Server, Windows PC, laptop and Surface data; Microsoft business applications; Microsoft Hyper-V; Azure VMs; Microsoft Windows Server 2016; Microsoft Exchange 2016 and SQL Server 2016.

 
LVL 83

Expert Comment

by:Dave Baldwin
ID: 39744420
What software are you using to create the schematic and PCB?  The "Design Rule Check" is your most basic check for errors but it just tells you whether your PCB matches your schematic without any erroneous connections.  If you want to check to see whether the circuit should work electronically, you want a simulator.  But the 'free' simulators like Spice only work with the schematic and not the PCB.
0
 

Author Comment

by:aj85
ID: 39749157
Hello Dave,

I created the schematic and PCB using Orcad 16.  I have the gerber files as well, and I am willing to spend a little budget on the software simulator, if it will allow me to test what I have designed.

Thanks,
Aj
0
 
LVL 83

Accepted Solution

by:
Dave Baldwin earned 500 total points
ID: 39749176
Cadence Pspice is intended to work with Orcad.  However, you have to go back to the schematic and make sure that the 'device' models that Pspice uses are 'attached' or whatever they call it to your schematic.  Simulators work from 'device models' which are mathematical models, not just the simple symbols in your schematic.

Note that 'simulations' are a mathematical approximation of your circuit.  While there are simulators that can do complete circuits and board layouts for motherboards, they are extremely expensive and you can't even get the models unless you are a Intel or other manufacturers client.

http://www.cadence.com/products/orcad/pspice_simulation/pages/default.aspx
0
 

Author Comment

by:aj85
ID: 39749202
Thanks Dave, I will check out the link and get back to you.

Regards,
Aj
0

Featured Post

Enroll in June's Course of the Month

June's Course of the Month is now available! Every 10 seconds, a consumer gets hit with ransomware. Refresh your knowledge of ransomware best practices by enrolling in this month's complimentary course for Premium Members, Team Accounts, and Qualified Experts.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Moving your enterprise fax infrastructure from in-house fax machines and servers to the cloud makes sense — from both an efficiency and productivity standpoint. But does migrating to a cloud fax solution mean you will no longer be able to send or re…
A clone is a duplicate copy. Sheep have been cloned and maybe someday even people will be cloned, but disk cloning (performed by the hard drive cloning software) is a vital tool used to manage and protect data. Let’s look at what hard drive cloning …
In this video, viewers are given an introduction to using the Windows 10 Snipping Tool, how to quickly locate it when it's needed and also how make it always available with a single click of a mouse button, by pinning it to the Desktop Task Bar. Int…
Michael from AdRem Software explains how to view the most utilized and worst performing nodes in your network, by accessing the Top Charts view in NetCrunch network monitor (https://www.adremsoft.com/). Top Charts is a view in which you can set seve…

688 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question