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5 Best Free and Open Source Backend Electronic Circuit Simulators

Electronic circuit simulation uses mathematical models to replicate the behavior of an actual electronic device or circuit. Simulation software allows for modeling of circuit operation and is an invaluable analysis tool.

Simulating the circuit with SPICE is the industry-standard way to verify circuit operation at the transistor level before committing to manufacturing an integrated circuit. The SPICE simulators help to predict the behavior of the IC under different operating conditions, such as different voltage and current levels, temperature variations, and noise.

Here’s our verdict captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-style ratings chart.

Ratings chart for best free and open source backend circuit simulators

Let’s explore the circuit simulators at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources.

Backend Electronic Circuit Simulators
ngspiceSPICE simulator for electric and electronic circuits
SPICE General-purpose circuit simulation program
XyceSPICE-compatible analog circuit simulator
SPICE OPUSGeneral purpose circuit simulator specially suited for optimization loops
CIDERMixed-level circuit and device simulator
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