Author: Michael Koltai

Using Hardware Description Languages in TINA, part 3: Creating Analog Components with Verilog-A, now with English voice-over

Hardware Description Languages (HDL) are powerful tools to describe and simulate complex electronic devices.

In this tutorial video we will show how you can create a macro from a Verilog-A (.va) code and use in TINA. You can create macros from VHDL, Verilog and Verilog-AMS files in a similar way.

Watch our tutorial video to see how  you can create a macro from a Verilog-A (.va) code and use in TINA.

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  2. An immediate 20% discount from the offline version of TINA
  3. Free license for your second computer, laptop etc.
Click here to download the FREE trial demo of TINA

 

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Using Hardware Description Languages in TINA, part 3: Creating Analog Components with Verilog-A

Hardware Description Languages are powerful tools to describe and simulate complex electronic devices.

In this tutorial video we will show how you can create a macro from a Verilog-A (.va) code and use in TINA.

You can create macros from VHDL, Verilog and Verilog-AMS files in a similar way.

You can create a macro from any .vhd / .v / .va / .vams file that contains an entity (interface to the outside world) with its architecture (description of the hardware).

Files with .vhd extension are VHDL files, with .v extension are Verilog files, with .va extension are Verilog-A files and with .vams extension are Verilog-AMS files.

The ports declared in the interface part will automatically appear in the macro symbol (shape). You can associate an automatic rectangular block or a schematic symbol from TINA’s library with the macro.

In case of automatic rectangular blocks you can edit and reposition the interface pins.

Let’s demonstrate the details.

Open TINA

Click the Tools menu

Select New Macro Wizard…

Type a name for the new macro In our case: JFET1

Change the Settings from Current circuit to From file

Click the Open icon

Select TINA examples

Open the Examples and then the Verilog-A folder

Change the file type to .va

Open the Device Models folder then Select the jfet.va file and

Click Open

Press the Next button

You can either Select the Auto generate shape or you can load a shape from the library

Let’s Select first the Auto Generate shape option

then Click Next

Check the interface line

Change the orientation of “d” into up, and “s” into down

You can also browse the Verilog-A code

Click Next

and save the macro (jfet1.tsm) into the default Macrolib folder.

You can insert the Macro by pressing the Insert button or you can select the “Insert/Macro…” from the menu.

Click the Insert button

The macro will be attached to your cursor. Place it wherever you wish on the workspace.

Let’s demonstrate the case when you select the “Load shape from the library” option.

Click the  Tools menu

Select New Macro Wizard

and let’s name the new macro as JFET2.

After selecting the jfet.tsm file, press the Next button

Select the TINAICS folder

Find the JFET symbol by clicking the long vertical button and then using the scrollbar

Click Next

Check if the uppercase D, G, S symbol pins are properly connected with the lowercase d, g, s macro parameters

if not, you can easily update the connections by dragging the connection labels

In our case no changes are needed.

Click Next

then the Insert button

Place the Macro on the workspace

By double-clicking the macro, then pressing the Enter Macro button you can check its content

The content of the macro appears

Now close the HDL Editor window of TINA

Let’s create the following circuit to test the new transistor model:

Select the Voltage Source and the Voltage Generator from the Sources Toolbar

Next, select the Current Arrow from the Meters Toolbar, then  rotate it

Click the Insert menu

Select Macro

Select User Macros

Select the jfet2.tsm, then click Open

The Verilog-A macro will be attached to your cursor, you can place it on the workspace

Draw the wires to connect the components

Double-click the labels to rename them

and you can also replace the labels if necessary by dragging it while it is selected

Let’s test the circuit by Running Analysis

DC Analysis

Click Analysis on the Toolbar

Select DC Analysis

and then DC Transfer Characteristic…

The DC Transfer Characteristic dialog box appears.

Check if the parameters under the Main sweep tab are as shown on the screen

Note that TINA also allows Nested Sweep in the  DC Transfer Characteristic analysis which makes the calculation of device characteristics easier

Click the nested sweep tab and check the parameters shown on the screen.

According to these parameters

9  ID versus VG curves will be calculated with 9 different VG values including

VG= – 2 and VG = 0 as well.

Click OK to run the DC Analysis

Our test circuit works as expected.

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TINACloud as an engine of Infineon Designer

Infineon Designer, introduced at the 2016 Electronica Trade fair, the first online prototyping application combining analog and digital simulation functionalities in an internet application. Requiring a web browser only, it is a perfect match for supporting customers in selecting the right product for a defined application. Infineon Designer is using TINACloud as an engine and the two programs are fully compatible. Designs made in Infineon Designer can be uploaded into TINACloud and processed further by extending or inserting them into any circuits using the Schematic Editor of TINACloud. Infineon Designer’s application circuits are also available in TINACloud  (www.tinacloud.com) .

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For more information click the article below:

www.edn-europe.com/news/online-prototyping-ad-simulation-infineon-designer

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Using Hardware Description Languages in TINA, Part 2: Creating Macros from Verilog, now with English voice-over

Hardware Description Languages (HDL) are powerful tools to describe and simulate complex electronic devices.

In this tutorial video we will show how you can create a macro from a Verilog (.v) code and use       in TINA. You can create macros from VHDL, Verilog-A and Verilog-AMS files in a similar way.

Watch our tutorial video to see how  you can create a macro from a Verilog (.v) code and use           in TINA.

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Download the FREE trial demo of TINA Design Suite and get:

  1. One year free access to TINACloud (the cloud-based, multi-language, installation-free online version of TINA now running in your browser anywhere in the world.)
  2. An immediate 20% discount from the offline version of TINA
  3. Free license for your second computer, laptop etc.
Click here to download the FREE trial demo of TINA.

 

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Using Hardware Description Languages in TINA, Part 2: Creating Macros from Verilog

In this tutorial video we will show how you can create a macro from a Verilog (.v) code and use in TINA. You can create macros from VHDL, Verilog-A and Verilog-AMS files in a similar way.

For example consider the following Verilog interface:

module half_add (A, B, S, C);   

input A, B;

output S, C;

In this case the A,B ports will appear on the left side and the S,C ports will appear on the right side of the macro shape.

Let’s see how to make a macro from the following Verilog code (a half adder):

module half_add(A, B, S, C);  

input A, B;

output S, C;

assign S = A ^ B;

assign C = A & B;

endmodule

Note that this Verilog code is much simpler than the equivalent VHDL code. This is one of the great advantages of Verilog.

The essential Verilog code of the half adder is 2 lines long only.

Let’s demonstrate the details.

Open TINA

Click the Tools menu

Select New Macro Wizard

Type a name for the new macro In our case: Half adder Verilog

Change the Settings from Current circuit to From file

Click the Open icon

Change the file type to .v

Select TINA examples

Select Examples

Click the Verilog folder

Click Open

Select the Half adder Verilog.v file and press Open

Press the Next button to save the macro,

and save the macro into the default Macrolib folder.

Now you can insert the Macro by pressing the Insert button or you can select the “Insert/Macro…” from the menu.

Click the Insert button

The macro will be attached to your cursor. Place it wherever you wish on the workspace.

To see the content of the macro double-click on it and press the Enter Macro button

The content of the macro appears.

Close the TINA HDL Editor window

Let’s test our newly created macro in TINA’s Digital interactive mode along with the previously created VHDL macro

(See Using Hardware Description languages in TINA, part 1)

Let’s open our previously created Half_ Adder VHDL macro.TSC circuit.

Here is the circuit with two High-Low digital switches, one for each of the A,B inputs, and two logic indicators. We will copy the circuit, then we will change the macro into the Half adder Verilog macro

To select the circuit click at the corner of the area to be selected, hold down the left mouse button then move the mouse and release the left mouse button at the opposite corner.

Click the Copy then the Paste button on the toolbar. Your circuit will be attached to your cursor.  Position it by moving the mouse to the required position and press the left mouse button.

Deselect the circuit by clicking an empty spot.

Click the Half adder VHDL macro to be selected then delete it by pressing the Del key on the keyboard.

Click the Insert menu

Select Macro

Select User Macros

Select the Half adder Verilog.TSM, then click Open

The Verilog macro will be attached to your cursor, you can move and insert it into the place of the deleted VHDL macro.

Let’s test the 2 circuits

Select the Digital interactive mode with the narrow “Select Interactive mode” button on the Toolbar

Press the Dig  button

The logic levels of the nodes appear, Red for High. Blue for Low.

The logic indicators will also show the logic level of the outputs in a Red square for High, and empty square for Low.

Both Half_adder circuits work as required.

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Using Hardware Description Languages in TINA, Part 1: Creating Macros from a VHDL code, now with English voice-over

Hardware Description Languages (HDL) are powerful tools to describe and simulate complex electronic devices.

In this tutorial video we will show how you can create a macro from a VHDL (.vhd) code and use     in TINA. You can create macros from Verilog, Verilog-A and Verilog-AMS files in a similar way.

Watch our tutorial video to see how  you can create a macro from a VHDL (.vhd) code and use         in TINA.

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Download the FREE trial demo of TINA Design Suite and get:

  1. One year free access to TINACloud (the cloud-based, multi-language, installation-free online version of TINA now running in your browser anywhere in the world.)
  2. An immediate 20% discount from the offline version of TINA
  3. Free license for your second computer, laptop etc.
Click here to download the FREE trial demo of TINA

 

www.tina.com

You can also find below the script of the video:

Using Hardware Description Languages in TINA, Part 1: Creating Macros from a VHDL code

Hardware Description Languages are powerful tools to describe and simulate complex electronic devices. In this tutorial video we will show how you can create a macro from a VHDL code and use in TINA. You can create macros from Verilog, Verilog-A and Verilog-AMS files in a similar way.

You can create a macro from any .vhd , .v , .va, .vams file that contains an entity (interface to the outside world) with its architecture (description of the hardware).

The meaning of the file extensions is as follows:

Files with .vhd extension are VHDL files,

with .v extension are Verilog files,

With .va extension are Verilog-A files and

with .vams extension are Verilog-AMS files.

The ports declared in the interface part will automatically appear in the macro symbol (shape). By default, the input ports of the interface will appear on the left side of the generated macro shape and the output ports of the interface will appear on the right side, but by editing the generated macro you can change this arrangement.

For example consider the following VHDL interface:

ENTITY e_Half_add_entity IS PORT(

A : IN std_logic;

S : OUT std_logic;

C : OUT std_logic;

B : IN std_logic );

END e_Half_add_entity;

In this case the A,B ports will appear on the left side

and the S,C ports will appear on the right side of the macro shape.

Now let’s see how to make a macro from the following VHDL code (a half adder):

LIBRARY ieee, tina;

use ieee.std_logic_1164.all;

use std.textio.all;

USE tina.primitives.all;

————————————

– entity section

————————————

ENTITY e_Half_add_entity IS PORT(

A : IN std_logic;

S : OUT std_logic;

C : OUT std_logic;

B : IN std_logic );

END e_Half_add_entity;

————————————

– architecture section

————————————

ARCHITECTURE a_Half_add_arch of e_Half_add_entity IS

constant delay : time := 20 ns;

BEGIN

S< = (A xor B) after delay;

C< = (A and B) after delay;

END a_Half_add_arch;

Note that the essential code of the half adder is 2 lines long only

Open TINA

Click the Tools menu

Select New Macro Wizard

Type a name for the new macro

In our case: Half_adder_VHDL

Change the Settings from Current circuit to From file

Click the Open icon

Change the file type to VHDL

From the TINA program folder

Select Examples

Open the VHDL folder

Select the Half_adder_VHDL.vhd file and press Open

Press the Next button to save the macro and save the macro into the default Macrolib folder.

You can insert the Macro by pressing the Insert button or you can select the “Insert/Macro” from the menu.

Click the Insert button

To see the content of the macro double-click on it and press the Enter Macro button

The content of the macro appears

Let’s test our newly created macro in TINA’s Digital interactive mode.

To do this, place two High-Low digital switches from the Switches toolbar, one for each of the A,B inputs, and two logic indicators.

Now select the Digital interactive mode with the narrow “Select Interactive mode” button on the Toolbar

then press the  Dig   button

The logic levels of the nodes appears, Red for High. Blue for Low.

Click the switches to change the input states.

The logic indicators will also show the logic level of the outputs in a

Red square for High, and empty square for Low.

The Half adder circuit works as required.

In our example so far the terminals or pins of the macro were placed automatically.

You can change the automatic pin arrangement of an automatically generated macro by editing its header.

For example the header in the previous example is

————————————

– TINA HDL Macro Description Begin

– entity_name:e_half_add_entity;

– arch_name:ignored;

– ports:a,b;s,c;

– Mode:VHDLTyp;

– TINA HDL Macro Description End

———————————-

The pin arrangement is determined by the following line:

ports:A,B;S,C;

the ports before the first semicolon (;) are placed on the left while the rest are

placed on the right side of the macro box.

If you change the port line to Ports as follows:

A,B,S;C

A, B, S will be placed on the left side and C on the right side of the macro box.

You can also change the vertical order of the pins by changing the order of the pins in the list.

Let’s see how to convert the previous Macro:

Half_adder_VHDL into a new Macro called: Half_adder_VHDL_modified

Double-click the macro and press the Enter Macro button

Let’s change the ports line to as follows:

ports:A,B,S;C;

Select File

Select Save as

Save the modified code. We will save it under the name: Half_adder_VHDL_modified.vhd

Close the TINA HDL Editor

In the pop-up window the following message appears:

Macro has been modified. Confirm changes?

Click No

Let’s create a new macro with the modified pin arrangement

Click the Tools menu

Select New Macro Wizard Enter the name of the new macro:In our case: Half_adder_VHDL_modified

Change the Settings from Current circuit to From file

Click the  Open icon

Invoke the place where your newly created macro is saved. In our case the Downloads folder

Change the file type to VHDL

Select the Half_adder_VHDL_modified file, then click Open

Press the Next button to save the macro,

and save the .TSM file into the default Macrolib folder.

Click the Insert button

The modified macro with the revised pinout version will be attached to your cursor and you can place it anywhere on the workspace

By double-clicking the modified Macro, then pressing the Enter Macro button you can see the content of the macro with the revised pin arrangement

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Using the Footprint Editor in TINA, part 2: Setting and checking footprint names, now with English voice-over

In this video we will present how to check and set the mapping between TINA’s Schematic Symbols and the Footprints used in TINA’s Integrated PCB Designer.

Watch our tutorial video to see how to check and set the mapping between TINA’s Schematic Symbols and the Footprints used in TINA’s Integrated PCB Designer

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1. One year free access to TINACloud (the cloud-based, multi-language, installation-free online version of TINA now running in your browser anywhere in the world.)
2. An immediate 20% discount from the offline version of TINA
3. Free license for your second computer, laptop etc.
Click here to download the FREE trial demo of TINA

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Using the Footprint Editor in TINA, part 2: Setting and checking footprint names

In this video we will present how to check and set the mapping between TINA’s Schematic Symbols and the Footprints used in TINA’s Integrated PCB Designer

Start TINA

Assume we have created a macro of an existing IC and now we want to assign a PCB Footprint to it, so we can use the part in PCB design.

Click the Insert menu

Select Macro

From the Macrolib folder open the MAX11166.TSM

Double-click the macro

Click the …  in the Footprint Name field

We will create a user package database to store the symbol and footprint pin pairs.

Package database will be created in the Private Catalog folder.

Check in the Create Library button

Enter the name: MyPackageDB

Click the Create Library icon

Press the Add icon

then click OK to add the MAX11166 to the Component list

Next, click the Add button under the Footprint list

Select MyPackage from the Library list, then click the appropriate footprint SON12_3x3_0.5_TP and click OK

Note: we will use the previously created footprint (see our video: Using the Footprint Editor in TINA: IC Wizard)

To set the pin pairs click the Add button next to the Node list

We will match the pins based on the MAX11166 pin configuration

Click OK

Click OK again

Now the PCB Footprint is associated with the macro.

If you open the TINA PCB Designer the PCB Footprint of the part will appear

Open the TINA PCB Designer

The PCB Footprint of the part appears

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Using the Footprint Editor in TINA, part 1: IC Wizard, now with English voice-over

If you want to create a footprint of an Integrated Circuit the IC Wizard of TINA can assist you.
Activate the IC Wizard from the Insert menu of the Footprint Editor of TINA PCB Designer.  The wizard presents several properties of the IC which you can set.

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In this tutorial video we will use the MAX11166 converter  to show how to use the IC Wizard of TINA Footprint Editor.

Watch our tutorial video to see how  to use the IC Wizard of  TINA Footprint Editor.

Download the FREE trial demo of TINA Design Suite and get:

  1. One year free access to TINACloud (the cloud-based, multi-language, installation-free online version of TINA now running in your browser anywhere in the world.)
  2. An immediate 20% discount from the offline version of TINA
  3. Free license for your second computer, laptop etc.
Click here to download the FREE trial demo of TINA

 

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Using the Footprint Editor in TINA, part 1: IC Wizard

Start TINA PCB Designer by using the Start menu of Windows 10

Click the Tools menu

Select Footprint Editor

First, select View

Options

and change the Unit into mm and the Precision into 3

then click OK

Create a new Footprint Library by using the File

Save Library As command

in the Private Catalog Folder of TINA

under the name: MyPackage

Press the Save button

Click the Insert menu

Select IC Wizard

In the Technology group, you can set the mounting mode and the package type of the IC. The mounting mode can be through hole or surface mounted. Depending on the mounting mode the following packages are available: DIP (Dual in line packag e), PGA (Pin grid array package), SPGA (Staggered pin grid array package), SOP (Small outline package), LCC (Leaded chip carrier package), QFP (Quad flat package), BGA (Ball grid array package), SBGA (Staggered ball grid array package), SIP (Single in line package) and ZIP (Zigzag in line package) respectively.

In the Package dimension group, the dimensions (length, width,

3D height) of the package can be set. Depending on the selected package, the 4th parameter is either notch, corner cutoff, or ignored.

The Pad dimension defines the shape and dimensions (length, width)

of the pad. If the mounting mode is through hole, the shape of the

drilled pad can be round, square or octagon. Moreover, the shape

and dimensions of the drill diameter can be defined.

However, if the mounting mode is surface mounted, the shape of the pad

can be circular, rectangular or rounded corner and the appropriate

dimensions can be also set.

In the Pad position, the number of pins and the distances between them can be set according to the package type.

Finally, in the Pad numbering group, the type and direction for pad numbering can be entered, depending on the package type.

Set the data as shown in the IC Wizard window above

Click OK

In the pop-up window the following message appears:

Create IC

Click Yes

You can enlarge the image by using the Zoom option

Next, we will position the Smd Pad

Click the Smd icon, then click on the Editor workspace to place it

Double-click the SMD Pad

and in the SMD Pad Properties Window enter 13 in the name field, 0 in the Center X and Center Y fields

Double-click the Size field and enter 2.5 in the Width and 1.7 in the Height fields

Click OK

Click OK again

We will now position the labels which belong to another layer

Click the little arrow next to the TOP layer icon and select the Silkscreen Top layer

Now you can easily move the Name and the Value labels by holding down the left-mouse button while dragging them

Select again the Top layer when you are done

Click the New Footprint Group icon

Click the <New group> folder and rename it by entering the name: SON then press the Enter button on the keyboard

Note: SON is small-outline no leads type of circuit

Click the Footprint Properties icon

and in the Name field enter: SON12_3x3_12_0.5TP

Click OK

Click the Add Footprint to the library icon

Save the footprint by clicking the Save button

Close the Footprint Editor

You can check the newly created Footprint

Reopen the Footprint Editor

Click File

Open Library

Open the MyPackage.FPL

Next, double-click the SON library, then the new Footprint

The mapping between TINA’s Schematic Symbols and the Footprints used in TINA’s Integrated PCB Designer will be presented in another video.

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Creating Subcircuits from Spice Models with TINACloud: .MODEL format, now with English voice-over

In TINACloud you can create your own components from any Spice models given in .MODEL format that you have made or downloaded from the Internet.

Watch our tutorial video to see how to create a  TINA macro component using a BC846 NPN Bipolar transistor downloaded previously from the web.

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  2. An immediate 20% discount from the offline version of TINA
  3. Free license for your second computer, laptop etc.
Click here to download the FREE trial demo of TINA

 

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Creating Subcircuits from Spice Models with TINACloud: .MODEL format

In TINACloud you can  create your own components from any Spice models given in .MODEL format that you have made or downloaded from the Internet.

Some device models are stored in Spice .MODEL format.

Let’s download one from the internet and add the model to TINACloud

Here is the model of the BC846 NPN Bipolar transistor

Let’ save this model

In Google Chrome click the right mouse button.

In other browsers find the Save as command

Select Save as

Switch the Save as type into All files

and Save it as a .cir file, as this is one of the extensions that TINACloud expects.

Start TINACloud

To invoke the Schematic Editor

Select New from the File menu

The Schematic Editor appears

Click the Insert button denoted by a  green + sign to invoke the Insert menu

Select Upload macro

Let’s name the new Macro as BC846

Switch into From File from Current Circuit

then Click Choose Files

Enter BC846.cir into the file name field , then click Open

Now click Upload

In the dialog box the following message appears: Macro uploaded.

Click OK

You can simularly add any Spice models in Spice .MODEL format.

Let’s check how to insert the new model into TINACloud.

Select Insert macro from the Insert (+) menu

Now select BC846 then press OK

The new component will appear attached to your cursor and you can place it anywhere on the workspace by moving the mouse and clicking the left mouse button.

Now let’s create the following test circuit by adding a few more components to test the new model.

Select the Resistor from the Basic Toolbar

Use the Rotate left or Rotate right icon then hold the left-mouse button down while moving it and connect it to the Transistor

Repeat this procedure for R2 & R3

Double click the Resistances (R1 & R2) and in their Properties window set the parameters as shown

R2=47k; R3=3k

click OK

Now select the Ground and connect it to the Transistor

Next add the remaining parts and the wires

then Click the Save button to save the file

Let’s save it under the name BC846_test.tsc

Let’s test this circuit using DC Interactive mode.

Press the DC button

The model works as expected.

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Creating Subcircuits from Spice Netlists with TINACloud, now with English voice-over

In TINACloud you can create your own components from any Spice subcircuit that you have made or downloaded from the Internet.

Watch our tutorial video to see how to create a  TINA macro component using a THS4121 Spice Subcircuit downloaded previously from the web.

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  2. An immediate 20% discount from the offline version of TINA
  3. Free license for your second computer, laptop etc.
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Creating Subcircuits from Spice Netlists with TINACloud

In TINACloud you can create your own components from any Spice subcircuit that you have made or downloaded from the Internet.

In this tutorial we will present how to create a TINA macro component using a THS4121 Spice Subcircuit downloaded previously from the web.

Note that TINA and TINACloud use the same macro components.

Start TINACloud.

To invoke the Schematic Editor

Select New from the File menu

The Schematic Editor appears

Click the Insert (+) button to invoke the Insert menu

Select Upload macro

Let’s name the new macro as THS4121

Switch into From File from Current Circuit

then Click Choose Files

In the Downloads folder Enter ths4121.cir into the file name field

then Click OPEN

click Upload

Now you have to specify the name of the macro pins and also, if you wish, you can place them anywhere around the box.

To move VSS/?, select it by holding down the left-mouse button & moving the mouse, then press the right mouse button & select Cut.

Now move your mouse to the place where you would like to insert the text and select Paste from the Pop-up menu.

The ? must be replaced by the macro pin name, so write VSS/VSS

Repeate this procedure for all items where it is needed.

Click OK

To check the newly created macro select Insert macro from the Insert (+) menu

Select THS4121 from the Dialog Window of the User macros then press OK

The newly created macro will be attached to your cursor and you can place it wherever you wish on the workspace

To check its content double-click the macro.

then press … (Details) in the SubCkt (Content) line

Note that the Netlist also contains an auxiliary subcircuit

Click OK

Now you can create an application circuit by adding other components.

Let’s create the circuit like the one on this sample schematic

Double-click the component

then in the Property dialog enter the required component value & press OK

Save this circuit as THS4121_test_circuit.TSC

Let’s test the DC operation by pressing the interactive DC button.

The model works as expected.

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DesignSoft at World Education Days in Bern

We cordially invite you to visit DesignSoft’s stand at the World Education Days in Bern.

8-10 November 2016, BERNEXPO, Bern, Switzerland

Hall 3.0/ E10

We are looking forward to meet you at our stand, where we will present our latest versions of TINA, TINACloud, LabXplorer, EDISON & NEWTON.

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Creating Subcircuits from Schematics with TINACloud, now with English voice-over

In TINACloud you can convert any schematic diagram into a subcircuit called a Macro.

Watch our tutorial video  to see how to create a Macro in TINACloud:

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You can also find below the script of the video:

Creating Subcircuits from Schematics with TINACloud

In TINACloud you can simplify schematics and hide clutter by turning portions of the schematic into subcircuits.

TINACloud automatically represents these subcircuits as a rectangular block on your schematic.

You can convert any schematic diagram into a subcircuit, called a Macro in TINA, simply by adding the terminals and saving the new circuit in the special (*.tsm) format.

Let’s see how to create a Macro in TINACloud

Load the Half Adder (Half_Add.tsc) example from the TINA Examples folder of TINACloud

To invoke the Schematic Editor Select Schematic Editor… from the Tools menu or double-click an empty spot on the workspace.

The Schematic Editor appears

Delete the diagram and the text. Click the object you want to delete, then press the Delete key or click the X button on the toolbar.

Let’s convert the Half Adder example into a Macro

Delete the old terminals and replace them by subcircuit terminals called Macro Pins in TINACloud

To select the portion of the circuit (terminals) click the Multiple Selection button first then the corner of the the area you want to select, hold down the left mouse button then move the mouse and release the left mouse button at the opposite corner.

Click the X button on the toolbar

Release the Multiple Selection Button

Click the Macro Pin on the Special Toolbar

The Macro Pin will be attached to the cursor and you can move it anywhere on the screen.

You can Rotate the Pin using the Rotate Left or Rotate Right buttons

Connect the Macro Pin to the circuit

When you place the Macro Pins, their label is automatically set to Pin1, Pin2 etc.

Double-click the labels then in the Property window set the label field as shown

Reposition some labels

Next create and save the new Macro.

Press the Insert (+) button

Select Upload macro…

In the Diagram window set the Macro name (in this case: HA)

then click the Upload button

In the pop-up window the following message appears: Macro uploaded.

Click OK

Now, let’s see how to insert a Macro into a schematic and use it

Click the Insert (+) button then select Insert Macro

Select the Macro HA, then press OK.

The newly created macro will be attached to your cursor and you can place it in the usual way.

Let’s modify the name and content of the macro

Create the modified macro under the name HA Circuit

then insert it

The Macro has been already uploaded, but you may save this circuit if you wish. Let’s save under the name HALFADDERModified

Let’s check with an analysis the operation of the new Macro we’ve created

Load the original HALF_ADD tsc. into the

Schematic Editor of TINACloud without the diagram and text in the way as previously shown.

Let’s make more place by using the Zoom out command

Pan the circuit by holding down the left mouse button while moving the mouse.

Insert the newly created HA Circuit Macro

Using Copy and Paste, add the Generators and Outputs of Half_Add.TSC to the Macro.

To draw the wires, click the first connection point, then draw the wire by moving the mouse and finally click the second connection point.

Save the circuit under the name HALF_ADDModified

If you click the macro and press the button in the SubCkt (Content) line you can see the schematic stored in the macro

Finally let’s check with the Digital Analysis the newly created macro

Run Analysis

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You can easily check that the new Macro provides the same result

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