2.0  Getting Started

This tutorial uses an LTC3406B synchronous buck integrated circuit to demonstrate the features and operation of the SIMPLIS/SIMetrix Design Verification Module. This model was developed solely from publicly available information in the LTC3406B product data sheet.

This tutorial includes the following tasks:

  • Configure the LTC3406B circuit to run built-in testplans in the DVM simulation environment.
  • Execute an AC analysis.
  • Generate a Bode plot using the SIMPLIS single-run analysis.

Before you start the tutorial, verify that you have SIMetrix/SIMPLIS v8.0 or later, and a DVM license. DVM is an optional license feature for SIMetrix/SIMPLIS. To learn how to evaluate DVM, go to our evaluation page.

To prepare for the next section of the tutorial, follow these steps:

  1. Start SIMetrix/SIMPLIS.
  2. Download the archive of example files SIMPLIS_dvm_tutorial_examples.zip , which contains both the schematic and testplan examples for this tutorial.
  3. Unzip SIMPLIS_dvm_tutorial_examples.zip to a location on your local hard drive.
  4. Navigate to the schematic, LTC3406B-AC-Bode_Plot.sxsch, at the following path: LTC3406B
  5. To open the schematic, double click the LTC3406B-AC-Bode_Plot.sxsch file or drag that file into the SIMetrix/SIMPLIS Command Shell.
    Result: The schematic should look like the image below.
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