Microchip Technology Introduces Web-Based Battery & Power Circuit Simulator

May 08, 2006 by Jeff Shepard

Microchip Technology Inc. has announced a Web-based simulation tool to aid in the design of several circuits useful for power-management applications. Known as the Mindi™ simulation tool, the new simulator enables designers to quickly generate circuit diagrams and specify associated passive components for a variety of power-supply and battery charger applications. Circuits developed using the Mindi simulation tool can be downloaded to a personal computer (PC) or workstation and ported directly into system diagrams.

The Mindi simulation tool was designed to save time for power and battery system designers of all experience levels. In addition to shortening the amount of time that designers spend developing circuits, the simulator assists them in choosing associated system components by recommending a wide range of Microchip PIC® microcontrollers and analog products, based upon the circuit. Because it is Web-based, the Mindi simulation tool provides real-time updates available anytime and anywhere, ensuring that the latest circuit developments and products are provided.

Applications that can benefit from the Mindi simulation tool include power supplies for DC/DC converters and handheld electronics devices, as well as battery chargers for battery-powered and handheld electronics devices.

"Today's circuit and system designers are searching for quick, yet accurate, tools for developing power-management and battery-related circuits," said Bryan Liddiard, vice president of Marketing with Microchip's Analog and Interface Products Division. "Web-based tools such as the Mindi simulation tool deliver these sought-after solutions with minimal time and effort, and with such accuracy of detail that the circuits developed can often go directly into production."

The new tool is available for free on Microchip's Web site.