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Custom Board Design for NI Hardware with Multisim and Ultiboard

NI Employee (retired)

Hello Circuit Designers,

Creating connector symbols and footprints is time-consuming, and even the smallest mistake on pin spacing, definition, or overall sizing results in prototype errors. For instance, an engineer could spend up to two days creating and testing the RIO Mezzanine Card (RMC) connector, a high-density 240-pin SEARAY connector used in some NI Single-Board RIO systems.

Using Multisim and Ultiboard for accessory design can save you days of development and reduce prototype iterations instantly. Multisim 12.0 has an expanded library of hardware connector symbols and footprints for NI hardware such as NI DAQ, NI CompactRIO, and NI Single-Board RIO.

These connectors are under the component group called NI_Components in Multisim:

Success Story

Taking advantage of the optimized circuit simulation and prototyping environments of Multisim and Ultiboard, one of Multisim's lead users, Cyth Systems, developed a ready-to-use, technically proven signal conditioning circuitry that can rapidly integrate daughterboards and daughterboard kits into Single-Board RIO for medical and biotech applications.  Cyth Systems designers were able to rapidly produce the Circaflex boards with few design iterations.

Let me know if you have any feedback on custom board design applications, or if you have a success story you would like to share with everyone!


Mahmoud W

National Instruments