Electronic design automation, also referred to as electronic computer-aided design, is a category of software tools for designing electronic systems such as integrated circuits and printed circuit boards. The tools work together in a design flow that chip designers use to design and analyze entire semiconductor chips. Since a modern semiconductor chip can have billions of components, EDA tools are essential for their design.
Proteus in Industry
The Proteus Design Suite is widely used across various industry sectors as a cost-effective solution for professional PCB design and as a rapid prototyping tool for R&D.
· Virtual Prototyping enables system testing before the first physical PCB is ordered.
· Shape-based auto routing as standard saves time with non-critical routing.
· Direct access to over 15 million parts mean never building a component or footprint again.
Proteus in Education
Proteus Design Suite is found in High Schools, Colleges and Universities across the world, teaching electronics, embedded design, and PCB layout to tens of thousands of students each year.
· Circuit simulation gives students a fast and fun practical learning tool.
· A software solution allows instructors to prepare and re-use virtual labs.
· Flexible licensing gives freedom for classes and assignments to be completed anywhere.
Why Chooses Proteus
Auto router: - Shape based Auto routing with every PCB design package
DRC: - Broad Constraints as granular as you need them to be.
Library Parts: - 15 million library parts integrated and on-demand
VSM: - Simulate microcontroller on the schematic.
Debugging: - Professional debugging on virtual hardware
IoT: - Remote front panel design for Arduino and raspberry pi application
The Proteus PCB Design software range is a professional’s choice for modern PCB Layout. With over 25 years of continuous development and innovation, our focus remains on adding functionality while maintaining a simple, clean user interface and tight integration with the schematic design.
All Proteus PCB products include a rich set of core functionality, with more advanced features being added in the higher product levels (PCB Level 2 and above). These are discussed further in the topics below.
Design capacity also scales with the product range, from a 500-pin limit in the PCB Design Starter Kit to unlimited design capacity in the PCB Design Level 3 and the Platinum products.
This flexibility in product configuration lets you choose the Proteus product that is right for you.
· 16 Copper Layers, 10nm Resolution, any angle placement.
· Lightning Fast Hardware Accelerated Display.
· Constraint Driven Layout with Design Rule Aware straight and curved interactive routing.
· Integrated Shape Based Auto routing included as standard.
The most exciting and important feature of Proteus VSM is its ability to simulate the interaction between software running on a microcontroller and any analog or digital electronics connected to it. The micro-controller model sits on the schematic along with the other elements of your product design. It simulates the execution of your object code (machine code), just like a real chip. If the program code writes to a port, the logic levels in circuit change accordingly, and if the circuit changes the state of the processor's pins, this will be seen by your program code, just as in real life.
The VSM CPU models fully simulate I/O ports, interrupts, timers, USARTs, and all other peripherals present on each supported processor. It is anything but a simple software simulator since the interaction of all these peripherals with the external circuit is fully modeled down to waveform level and the entire system is therefore simulated.
With over 750 supported microprocessor variants, many thousands of embedded SPICE models and one the world’s largest libraries of embedded simulation peripherals, Proteus VSM remains the first choice for embedded simulation.
What is IoT Builder?
IoT (Internet of Things) Builder is a world's first product, providing an end to end workflow for the design of IoT appliances on Arduino or Raspberry Pi hardware. It can be added to either the Visual Designer for Arduino or the Visual Designer for Raspberry Pi product to allow the development of remote user interfaces to embedded design products.
The workflow is flexible and intuitive. Start by designing the product hardware on the schematic by adding electronic shields, sensors and breakout boards via the peripheral gallery. Then use the controls gallery to create the front panel, adding and placing dials, buttons, charts, etc. in the IoT Builder editor. Finally, use Visual Designer flowchart methods or C code (Arduino) / Python code (Raspberry Pi) to bind the user interface to the electronics.
At any time during development of the entire system can be tested and debugged in the Proteus VSM simulation. This executes the program through the CPU model and any connected peripherals as well as simulating the interaction of the front panel with the electronics.
Once everything is working as expected, the firmware and front panel can be deployed to the real hardware at the press of a button. The final step is to point the target device at the hardware, watch it acquire the front panel over TCP/IP and then control the remote hardware from your mobile phone, tablet or PC.
· Design your hardware with a library of ready-made shields/hats.
· Design your front panel with buttons, switches, dials, displays, and charts.
· Link the UI and the hardware with flowchart methods in your firmware.
· Simulate the entire system and single-step debug to find & fix problems.
· Control the simulation or the real hardware from your phone or tablet.