In ECE 2 you
will not be required to use a simulation program, but they can be very helpful
for learning about circuits, testing designs or analyses, and even just drawing
schematics for reports.
There are now several PC-based circuit simulators on the
market. Most are based on the SPICE simulation engine developed at UC
Berkeley. You can find a list of several simulators
Some of the vendors provide free student versions of their software, usually
with some limitation on the number of components that can be simulated.
The ECE department does not endorse any particular product
or differentiate between any product or its competitors. However, we
have purchased a license for MultiSim v9, and this program is installed on
the computers in the ECE2 lab.