Introduction

TINA v11 Release and Season Sales – cont’d

Dear Valued Customers,

Yes, it’s that time again! After several years of development we are happy to announce the release of TINA v11 and TINA Design Suite v11 along with its fully compatible online version TINACloud.

We are sure you’ll enjoy TINA’s many new features and improvements. We’ve done our best to bring the latest technology to your circuit design and simulation activities, while maintaining the intuitive and easy user experience. TINA is well known for its ease-of-use, and it is equally popular among industry designers, educators and students throughout the world.

In addition to the tons of features in TINA v6-10 here are some of the new features of TINA v11 and TINA Design Suite v11 and TINACloud:tinaad_2016_right-one

TINA

  • 8,000+ new parts, including large number of Power & RF devices
  • SystemC support, add your own digital filters and MCUs to TINA
  • Industrial Power, Lighting, Motor Control application circuits
  • XMC microcontrollers and application circuits
  • Efficiency-, Average value- and Frequency meters
  • Advanced Macro editing, popup text, analysis control links
  • New sophisticated SAR & Sigma-Delta ADCs and DACs with SPI
  • I2C, SPI, PM bus simulation and monitoring
  • Transient Noise Generation and Analysis in the Industrial version
  • Microchip XC8, MATRIX Flowcode 7, DAVE (XMC) & Arduino Support
  • Post processing of Fourier Spectrum
  • Export of Diagrams in CSD format (Common Simulation Data File)

PCB Design

  • Importing 3D Enclosure models in industry standard formats
  • Visualization and printing of PCB design with Enclosures in 3D
  • Exporting PCB with Enclosure in industry standard formats
  • Importing Footprints in 2D and 3D in industry standard formats

TINACloud

In the last three years TINACloud has gone a long way too and now it is also used as an online prototyping tool at Infineon Technologies, one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world. It now includes a lot of new features, Industrial Power & RF components and designs which are also available in the fully compatible TINA.tinaad_2016_right

As a valued Tina user, we are now offering you a special product release:

Order TINA v11 or an upgrade to your licensed version today
(through Dec 30 midnight) and receive

  • special introductory prices with 30% discount
  • a complimentary, three-year subscription to TINACloud
  • free HDL package for the Educational, Classic and Industrial versions

With this incredible time limited upgrade you will be able to run, test and present your circuit designs on virtually every OS including Windows/Mac/Linux and every platform from smart phones through tablets to desktop PCs. Now, wherever you are, including home, office, classroom, traveling to conferences, client offices, and meetings, you can experience TINA’s tremendous feature set.

So, don’t hesitate and place your order now to get all the benefits at once!

Thank you for being a loyal DesignSoft Customer.

DesignSoft Team
www.tina.com,
www.tinacloud.com

Note: When you want to place an order please use the links on this page to get all the benefits!

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Creating Single and Double-sided PCBs in TINA

Watch our tutorial video   to see how easy it is to create PCB circuits in TINA. We will use a battery, a resistor, a switch and two LEDs.

 

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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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You can also find below the script of the video: Creating Single and Double-sided PCBs in TINA

In this demonstration we will show how easy it is to create PCB circuits in TINA.

We will use a battery, a resistor, a switch and two LEDs.

Start TINA.

Let’s first place a battery on the editing screen.

Select battery from the Basic Toolbar

Let’s change its voltage to 3V.

Double-click the Battery and in the Voltage field enter 3.

A footprint is automatically associated with each component.

If you click on the Footprint Name line you can see that a small battery symbol has already been assigned.

Now, click the 3 dots button in the Footprint name field.

The PCB Information dialog box appears.

Select the BH800S_2032 button cell battery symbol (in our case the default symbol)

Click OK or in case no changes are needed click Cancel

then Click OK to confirm the change to the voltage.

Now, let’s add the next component, a resistor.

Let’s change the resistance value to 68 Ohms.

Double-click the Resistor and in the Resintance field enter 68.

It is possible to change the footprint for the resistor as well, to symbols of various lengths or SMD.

In this case let’s use the R_AX200 W100 footprint (in our case the default) and click OK.

Approve the 68 Ohm resistance value by clicking the OK button.

Next let’s add a switch.

Click on the Switches tab and select the Alternate switch from the Switches toolbar.

Rotate the switch by 180 degrees, then place it.

Next double-click on it , and in the Footprint Name field, press the 3 dots button and from the Footprint list select the SW-SPDT-TS01-C switch.

Click OK.

Click ok again.

Lastly, let’s add two LEDs. 

Click on the Semiconductors tab, then press the LED’s icon on the Toolbar and select LED from the list.

 Rotate it by 90 degrees and place it on the schematic.

This is by default a red LED.

Let’s make the second LED of another color.

Place the LED, then double click on it.

Click the 3 dots button in the Type line. The Catalog Editor window appears.As You can see it is a red LED.

You can choose from several different types, each with a different color.

Let’s choose the second on the list, which will be green.

Note that the footprint in this case follows from the component partnumber and is automatically assigned.

Click OK.

Click OK again.

The green LED appears on the screen.

All that is left is to connect the components with wire.

Cick on the first point, trace the wire’s path with the mouse, and click again at the end point.

Next, connect the remaining terminals.

Connect the lower part of the switch to the red LED and the higher part to the green.

Connect the ground, by clicking on the diodes.

Now the circuit is complete.

Let’s test it interactively by clicking the DC interactive mode button.

The red LED lights up immediately.

Let’s click on the switch. The green lights up as well.

To see the realistic representations of the components used in the simulation click on the 2D/3D view switch. 

Finally, let’s switch back to the standard schematic symbols, and create a PCB from this circuit.

First, click the PCB Design icon.

The PCB Design dialog window appears.

In the dialog you can choose to modify an existing project or start a new project.

In this case let’s do the latter.

Note that Autoplacement is already selected.

Autorouting will be completed later once the components are in place.

TINA includes a number of board templates which you may use in your designs.

In this case we will be creating a single sided, one layer PCB, so let’s choose the first option.

Note that it is possible to create more complicated two-sided, multi-layer PCBs using the appropriate templates.

Click Cancel

The board dimensions may be customized; in this example let’s use the default settings (with a board width 2 and a board height 1.5 inches)

Click OK, and the components are placed automatically.

Before Autorouting the components most often need to be rearranged.

Use the mouse and the Rotate icons to move the components to their desired positions.

Next, select the Autorouting command from the Tools menu,

or press Ctrl+F5,

and the components are routed.

To see the PCB in 3D, click on the 3D View button.

By switching to TINA’s Schematic Editor screen, you can also see the schematic diagram of the circuit.

Let’s now test the circuit by using the switch on the 3D view.

Note: Before testing make sure that the DC button is on.

Note that in 3D view it is also possible to see the routing on the bottom of the board.

To do this, hold down the left mouse button and tilt the board to see the underside.

Here we have shown how to create a single-sided PCB in TINA.

In the following section we will show how to make a double-sided PCB.

To turn the design from the previous section into a double-sided PCB you only need to change the layer settings.

Select the Layer settings command from the Options menu.

As you can see the top layer of the PCB is currently unused.

If we change it to a Routing layer the autorouter will use both the top and the bottom layers.

Click the Label in the Type line and then select the Routing from the list.

Click OK to approve the layer settings.

Next, select the Autoroute board command from the Tools menu or press Ctrl+F5. 

Now two wires have been placed on the top of the board.

To see the changes in 3D, click the 3D View button.

Now on the top of the board we can see one wire running from the LED to the battery and another between the resistor and the battery.

Tilt the PCB to view the routing on the bottom of the board.

Tilt the board back and click on the switch to test it.

This concludes our demonstration of creating single and double-sided PCBs in TINA.

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Using Hardware Description Languages in TINA, part 4: Creating Analog Components with Verilog-AMS, 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-AMS (.vams) code and use in TINA. You can create macros from VHDL, Verilog and Verilog-A files in a similar way.

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

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 4: Creating Analog Components with Verilog-AMS

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

Let’s demonstrate the details. 

We will first create the Generator with serial output (SPI). This is given in VHDL. Next, we will create a DAC Converter macro given in Verilog AMS.

Open TINA

Click the  Tools menu

Select  New Macro Wizard

Type a name for the new macro

In our case: SPI

Change the Settings from Current circuit to From file

Click the  Open icon

Select TINA examples

Open the Examples

Verilog-AMS folder

Change the file type to .VHD

then Select the spi 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 the  Auto Generate shape option

then Click Next

You can browse the code and see how easy to create an SPI output in VHDL

Click Next again

and save the macro (SPI.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.

Next, we will create a DAC Converter macro from a .VAMS code and we will use the VHDL macro (created previously) and the Verilog-AMS macro in the same circuit to demonstrate that in TINA you can use VHDL and Verilog (Verilog-A, Verilog-AMS) macros in the same circuit.

Click the  Tools menu

Select  New Macro Wizard

Type a name for the new macro

In our case: DAC

Change the Settings from Current circuit to From file

Click the Open icon

Select TINA examples

Open the Examples

Verilog-AMS folder

Change the file type to .VAMS

then Select the dac vams.vams file and click Open

Press the Next button

Select the  Auto Generate shape option

Press the Next button

Change the orientation of the  pins  listed ont he screen   into right

Click the appropriate modul to be selected then  click the left button under the orientation field then select right  

Change the position of the pins on the right side by using the “Move up” or “Move down” buttons.

Change the position of the moduls on the left side as well:

Click Next

and save your tsm file under the name DAC into your default Macrolib folder

Click Insert

and place the DAC macro on the workspace

Double-click the DAC macro,

then press the Enter Macro button to 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 DAC model:

 Connect the DAC inputs with the appropriate SPI outputs 

Draw a wire starting from the CLK pin

From the Meters Toolbar select the Voltage Pin and connect to the wire

Double-click the Voltage Pin & rename the label into CLK

Continue connecting the DAC inputs with the appropriate SPI outputs

Start drawing the wire from  VREF

Select the Voltage Source (VS1) from the Basic Toolbar and connect it to VREF.

Next, connect the Ground to VS1

Connect the Battery (V1) to VDD, and a Ground to AGND

Finally connect a Voltage Pin to VOUTA (Analog Output)

then rename it

Let’s test the circuit by Running Transient  Analysis

Click Analysis on the menu then select Transient

then Click OK

Let’s test the circuit for a time period of 1ms 

Click Analysis on the menu then select Transient again

Click the Analysis menu on the Toolbar, then select the Transient mode again. 

In the Transient Analysis dialog box change the value of the

End display field to 1m 

Our DAC Converter works as expected.

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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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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 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.

 

www.tina.com

You can also find below the script of the video: 

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

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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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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.

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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 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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