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This module provides a brief introduction to instrumenting a circuit simulation in National Instruments Multisim. Multisim is fully featured SPICE schematic capture and simulation tool used for circuit design, simulation, and in combination with Ultiboard for layout of custom PCBs.

Instrumenting a simulation in multisim

Virtual instruments are components in Multisim which model real-world bench-top instruments. Examples of virtualinstruments in Multisim include Oscilloscopes, Function Generators, Network Analyzers, and Bode Plotters.

Virtual instruments provide designers with an easy and intuitive method for interacting with their circuits asthey would in a testing or prototyping phase.

In addition to the provided virtual instruments, designers with familiar with National InstrumentsLabVIEW can create their own custom instruments from scratch. For example, one could create a custom noise generator to modelelectromagnetic interference.

Custom virtual instruments written in NI LabVIEW can also acquire real-world data and use the data to drivesimulations, and can send generated data to analog output hardware, allowing simulated data to control real-world devices. The LabVIEWdevelopment suite is required to create custom LabVIEW instruments, but not necessary to run existing LabVIEW based instruments.

To place a virtual instrument, select the desired instrument from the Instruments toolbar (Figure 1). To viewthe front panel of the instrument, double-click on the instrument icon. Make connections to the terminals of the instrument icon asyou would to any other component.

Multisim also provides designers with simulated benchtop instruments. These are instruments such as theTektronix TDS 2024 Oscilloscope. They will look and operate exactly according to the manufacturers’user manuals.

Instruments Toolbar

A single circuit can have multiple instruments attached to it, including (for most tiers) multiple instances ofthe same instrument. In addition, each circuit window can have its own set of instruments. Each instance of any instrument isconfigured and connected independently.

An overview of the more common instruments is included in this section. For more detailed information on how touse each instrument, consult the Multisim User Guide or helpfile.


Use the multimeter to measure AC or DC voltage or current, and resistance or decibel loss between two nodes in acircuit. The multimeter is auto-ranging, so a measurement range does not need to be specified. Its internal resistance and currentare preset to near-ideal values, which can be changed.

Multimeter Schematic Symbol
Multimeter Front Panel

Function generator

The function generator is a voltage source that supplies sine, triangular or square waves. It provides aconvenient and realistic way to supply stimulus signals to a circuit. The waveform can be changed and its frequency, amplitude,duty cycle and DC offset can be controlled. The function generator's frequency range is great enough to produce conventionalAC as well as audio- and radio-frequency signals.

The function generator has three terminals through which waveforms can be applied to a circuit. The commoncenter terminal provides a reference level for the signal.

Function Generator Schematic Symbol
Function Generator Front Panel


Multisim includes several varieties of oscilloscopes. All of the scopes can be controlled like real-worldoscilloscopes. Horizontal timing and vertical voltages parameters can be adjusted. Triggering levels, and types are also selectable.Data from the Multisim-exclusive oscilloscopes is available in the Grapher after the interactive simulation has completed by selectingView/Grapher.

Multisim provides the following oscilloscopes:

  • 2-Channel.
  • 4-Channel.
  • Agilent 54622D Mixed Signal Oscilloscope.
  • Tektronix TDS 2024 Four Channel Digital Storage Oscilloscope.
Oscilloscope Schematic Symbol
Oscilloscope Front Panel
Tektronix Oscilloscope Schematic Diagram
Tektronix Oscilloscope Front Panel

Bode plotter

The bode plotter displays the relative phase or magnitude response of an input and output signal. This isespecially useful when characterizing the bandwidth of filter circuits.

Function Generator Schematic Symbol
Bode Plotter Front Panel

Spectrum analyzer

The spectrum analyzer is used to measure amplitude versus frequency. This instrument is capable of measuringa signal's power and frequency components, and helps determine the existence of harmonics in the signal.

The spectrum analyzer displays its measurements in the frequency domain rather than the time domain.Usually the reference frame in signal analysis is time. In that case, an oscilloscope is used to show the instantaneous value as afunction of time. Sometimes a sine waveform is expected but thesignal, rather than being a pure sinusoidal, has a harmonic on it. As a result, it is not possible to measure the waveform's level. Ifthe same signal is displayed on a spectrum analyzer, its amplitude is displayed, along with its frequency components, that is, itsfundamental frequency and any harmonics it may contain.

Spectrum Analyzer Schematic Symbol
Spectrum Analyzer Front Panel

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
ya I also want to know the raman spectra
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Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
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what is the stm
Brian Reply
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industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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