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The following problem has been detected in Labview communication with Multisim:
When a new instance of Multisim is connected to Labview, and several operations are performed on it, the time it takes to do these operations increases progressively each time an operation is repeated. The time increases in each and every one of the operations that are performed on the open instance: measure, place components, etc ... The increase of time is significant since an operation that first time takes 0.5 seconds after several repetitions can take more than 5 seconds.
A temporary solution until you fix the problem is to close the connection with Multisim and re-instantiate a new connection.

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There are certain types of semiconductors (such as thyristors) which fail to operate correctly or cause errors/crash unless specific simulation settings are chosen. The requirements for these settings are made known by NI techs after sending them the circuit (which works fine on the bench). Avoid having to go through NI tech support for these types of components to make known good designs operate correctly under simulation by adding the simulation settings criteria to a configuration file that associates the settings with the troublesome components and alerts the user to the requirement thus avoiding a negative simulation experience requiring tech support for the unsuspecting user. It could be a flag added to the model.

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This is not the first time this suggestion has been forwarded to NI. The process of semiconductor component selection in Msim is BACKWARDS. Components are frequently chosen to base a design upon because they are available, the price is right, already in stock, etc. Quite frequently these parts are not found in the component library. There is no way to identify which components in the library may be used as a satisfactory replacement for simulation purposes without going back to a vendor site (NI preferred vendor obviously because those vendor's parts are what's in the NI library.....) and start a tiresome search for a compatible part and whether or not it is in the NI library. That's a ridiculous process and waste of time. This request is to expand the NI semiconductor component library databases to include key semiconductor criteria, depending on device type of course,  such as hfe & HFE, Ft, leakage, capacitance/switching time, Vsat, Vf, Vgt, Igt, Ih, It, IDSS, RDS, channel mode, Vz, Iz and so forth. There should be little difficulty obtaining this from your vendor library sources and associating a part number with it's key criteria just as the vendor does to make part selection possible.

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Having spoken to customer support, it would be useful for Multisim to have an automated function whereby it checks if a component in a design is in the corporate database.

 

There is a function for updating components, which would bring designs from older databases or that have been created without the current corporate database to be updated. However any components that aren't in the database are simply ignored.

 

Is it possible to have the functionality to somehow point out that a component in a design is not in the database. Without having to individually go through and check?

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It would be nice if the mask would show up in the 3D view of the board.  This would greatly help prevent forgotten or misplaced soldier mask areas when looking at the board in 3D. 

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Can Multisim do a temperature sweep in DC analysis? If not, this should be added

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I'd like to have an option for automatically exporting simulation results to a selected file format, including automated resampling to a desired sampling rate. This is related to this previous idea. Preferably Multisim would also automatically discard the exported results from the memory.

 

I'd like to be able to set a large number of simulations to run, possibly including a wide range of parameter combinations through the parameter sweep analysis, and have the simulations run and be automatically exported to a selected output format without user interference.

 

Due to the memory handling issue I mentioned in the post linked above, I can currently only run simulations one by one manually saving the results in between. With an automated export I could leave the computer to run the desired combinations during nighttime and have it discard the exported results from memory, allowing the next set of simulations to run.

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The Idea: It would be nice to be able to set a desired sampling rate for a transient simulation before starting the simulation.

 

Background: We need to run longish transient simulations with a reasonably small TMAX. But we don't need all the intermediate time points used solely for helping the integration to converge. Multisim claims to run out of memory after occupying somewhere around 1 GB of memory, sometimes less. This is not a OS or hardware limit, but something intrinsic to Multisim's memory handling. This behavior is more bug-like than a real limitation of the software.

 

The capability for resampling/interpolating is already available through the export to .lvm files (see attached figure). Although I think the memory handling issue should be solved separately, allowing Multisim to discard irrelevant time-points on the fly would spare precious memory during more demanding simulations.

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Dear Sir or Madam!

It would be great if there were provide support of Darlingon transitors in the next release of Multisim Online

Thank you!

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Add some basic Digital Logic gates and interactive digital constants to the simulator. Just basic 2 and 3-input gates would be great.

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5. Schematic: To set some min and max limits for a voltage, current or power (they shall be visible in Grapher when you generate the plot). 

 

Notes:

This idea is splitted from topic "NI Multisim - new ideas" posted in 2014:

http://forums.ni.com/t5/Multisim-and-Ultiboard-Idea/NI-Multisim-new-ideas/idi-p/2792686

 

If some ideas are implemented in NI Circuit Design Suite 14 they shall be skipped and topic can be removed by admin.

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3. Schematic: To add active probe (see CircuitMaker 2000 solution).

 

With the 14 version release there are probes feature added that I did not have a chance to evalute however probe can be moved dynamically to the specific net to check a signal level (voltage or current) or when you place on a component so power dissipation can be measured and showed (power dissipation vs time).

 

Notes:

This idea is splitted from topic "NI Multisim - new ideas" posted in 2014:

http://forums.ni.com/t5/Multisim-and-Ultiboard-Idea/NI-Multisim-new-ideas/idi-p/2792686

 

If some ideas are implemented in NI Circuit Design Suite 14 they shall be skipped and topic can be removed by admin.

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4. Schematic: To add operating state annotation for transistors (active, cutt-off, saturated).

 

Notes:

This idea is splitted from topic "NI Multisim - new ideas" posted in 2014:

http://forums.ni.com/t5/Multisim-and-Ultiboard-Idea/NI-Multisim-new-ideas/idi-p/2792686

 

If some ideas are implemented in NI Circuit Design Suite 14 they shall be skipped and topic can be removed by admin.

 

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11. Simulation: To add component stress analysis but more advanced. The goal is to check maximum dissipated power according to derating power characteristics for resistors according to current operating temperature (TEMP parameter for circuit simulation) and maximum voltage for a components (resistors, capacitors).

 

Notes:

This idea is splitted from topic "NI Multisim - new ideas" posted in 2014:

http://forums.ni.com/t5/Multisim-and-Ultiboard-Idea/NI-Multisim-new-ideas/idi-p/2792686

 

If some ideas are implemented in NI Circuit Design Suite 14 they shall be skipped and topic can be removed by admin.

 

 

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2. Schematic: To add power bias annotation for a components.

 

Notes:

This idea is splitted from topic "NI Multisim - new ideas" posted in 2014:

http://forums.ni.com/t5/Multisim-and-Ultiboard-Idea/NI-Multisim-new-ideas/idi-p/2792686

 

If some ideas are implemented in NI Circuit Design Suite 14 they shall be skipped and topic can be removed by admin.

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1. Schematic: To make an option to lock REFDES during copying circuit to the new sheet.

 

Notes:

This idea is splitted from topic "NI Multisim - new ideas" posted in 2014:

http://forums.ni.com/t5/Multisim-and-Ultiboard-Idea/NI-Multisim-new-ideas/idi-p/2792686

 

If some ideas are implemented in NI Circuit Design Suite 14 they shall be skipped and topic can be removed by admin.

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18. Model: To add a module that can build a component model from characteristics from datasheet (eg. to track output voltage characteristics of voltage regulator and to build behavioral model).

 

Notes:

This idea is splitted from topic "NI Multisim - new ideas" posted in 2014:

http://forums.ni.com/t5/Multisim-and-Ultiboard-Idea/NI-Multisim-new-ideas/idi-p/2792686

 

If some ideas are implemented in NI Circuit Design Suite 14 they shall be skipped and topic can be removed by admin.

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17. Simulation: To add Worst Case option to Monte Carlo analysis to check ONLY endpoints values.

 

Notes:

This idea is splitted from topic "NI Multisim - new ideas" posted in 2014:

http://forums.ni.com/t5/Multisim-and-Ultiboard-Idea/NI-Multisim-new-ideas/idi-p/2792686

 

If some ideas are implemented in NI Circuit Design Suite 14 they shall be skipped and topic can be removed by admin.

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15. Interface: Batched analysis is fine, but it would be a good to see TEMP parameter visible in main window.

 

Notes:

This idea is splitted from topic "NI Multisim - new ideas" posted in 2014:

http://forums.ni.com/t5/Multisim-and-Ultiboard-Idea/NI-Multisim-new-ideas/idi-p/2792686

 

If some ideas are implemented in NI Circuit Design Suite 14 they shall be skipped and topic can be removed by admin.

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14. Grapher: To add 3D plots (see circuit optimizer).

 

Notes:

This idea is splitted from topic "NI Multisim - new ideas" posted in 2014:

http://forums.ni.com/t5/Multisim-and-Ultiboard-Idea/NI-Multisim-new-ideas/idi-p/2792686

 

If some ideas are implemented in NI Circuit Design Suite 14 they shall be skipped and topic can be removed by admin.