The SIMetrix/SIMPLIS DVM (Design Verification Module) automates the following tasks:
DVM has built-in testplans, including versions prepared for DC/DC and AC/DC converters. DVM also supports user-defined testplans that include configuration of both SIMetrix and SIMPLIS simulation engines, analysis directives, component values, and other test conditions. A properly configured schematic can also take advantage of the sensitivity and worst case analysis features of DVM.
In this topic:
To run DVM on a schematic, you need the following:
Preparing a working schematic for use with DVM involves the following:
At this point you can select a built-in testplan to run, as shown below.
The schematic above is taken from the DVM Tutorial. This circuit uses the special DVM source and load symbols which allow you to run the Built-In Sync Buck testplan. This testplan has tests for both transient and AC analyses, and for this example, the Bode plot test is used. This test measures the converter loop stability at the nominal input voltage and 100% full load values. These symbolic values are explained in the Symbolic Values topic.
|Ac||BodePlot(OUTPUT:1, 100%)||Source(INPUT:1, Nominal)||Ac|BodePlot|Vin Nominal|100% Load|
The following slideshow illustrates the sequence of actions that DVM takes as it executes a single test from the Built-In Sync Buck testplan. The test used for this example is the same BodePlot test described in the previous section.
Although the slideshow illustrates actions that DVM takes for a single test from the built-in testplan, the DVM functionality encompasses much more than just Bode plot testing. Built-in testplans for one-input, one-output and one-input, two-output DC/DC converters are provided and include a full suite of tests that designers often run on power supplies, including Step Line, Step Load, Input and Output Impedance, and more.
Additionally a full suite of AC/DC tests are available in the one-input, one-output and thee-input, one-output Built-In AC/DC testplans.
For a full list of available tests, see the the following topics:
DVM also provides the ability to customize testplans to suit any design. For details about how to customize test plans, see Customizing Testplans in the DVM Tutorial.
Upon completion of the test suite, the DVM generates an overview report that gives you a high-level view comparing the circuit performance with its specifications (Full Power Assist only). From the overview report, you can drill down to any individual test result and examine measured results, static waveform graphics, and even the raw waveform data itself. The Bode plot test report is shown below.