What is idealCircuit?
idealCiruit is an analog circuit simulator working with true ideal components. It uses exactly the same unique and robust algorithm as NL5 Circuit Simulator. However, it is simplified as much as possible: very simple and intuitive interface, fewer components and models, no fancy and powerful features that are only useful for specialized applications.
What is an "ideal" component?
The best example is an ideal switch, with zero resistance when closed, infinite resistance when open, and instantaneous switching. Another example: an ideal diode with similar properties. All other components might be not as "ideal" as switch and diode, however they are also simplified to provide just a basic functionality required for component of that type.
Why use ideal components?
With ideal components, engineers can evaluate a general concept and prove the feasibility of the design very quickly, leaving thorough and detailed analysis to standard SPICE-based tools. Students can simulate exactly the same schematics they see in the textbooks: no need to select a specific diode or amplifier from the list of thousands of parts.
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