Proteus PCB Design and Simulation Software – Introduction

Narasimha Rao March 8, 2017 8 Comments

Proteus is a simulation and design software tool developed by Labcenter Electronics for Electrical
and Electronic circuit design. It also possess 2D CAD drawing feature. It deserves to bear the tagline “From concept to completion”.

About Proteus

It is a software suite containing schematic, simulation as well as PCB designing.

  • ISIS is the software used to draw schematics and simulate the circuits in real time.The simulation allows human access during run time,thus providing real time simulation.
  • ARES  is used for PCB designing.It has the feature of viewing output in 3D view of the designed PCB along  with components.
  • The designer can also develop 2D drawings for the product.

Features

ISIS has wide range of components in its library. It has sources, signal generators, measurement  and analysis tools like oscilloscope, voltmeter, ammeter etc., probes for real time monitoring of the parameters of the circuit, switches, displays, loads like motors and lamps, discrete components like resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers, digital and analog Integrated circuits, semi-conductor switches, relays, microcontrollers, processors, sensors etc.

ARES offers PCB designing up to 14 inner layers, with surface mount and through hole packages. It is embedded with the foot prints of different category of components like ICs, transistors, headers, connectors and other discrete components. It offers Auto routing and manual routing options to the PCB Designer. The schematic drawn in the ISIS can be directly transferred ARES.

Starting New Design

Step 1: Open ISIS software and select New design in  File menu

Proteus File Menu

Proteus File Menu

 

Step 2: A dialogue box appears to save the current design. However, we are creating a new design file so you can click Yes or No depending on the content of the present file. Then a Pop-Up appears asking to select the template. It is similar to selecting the paper size while printing. For now select default or according to the layout  size of the circuit.

Proteus Default Template Select

Proteus Default Template Select

 

Step 3:An untitled design sheet will be opened, save it according to your wish,it is better to create a new folder for every layout as it generates other files supporting your design. However,it is not mandatory.

Proteus Design Sheet

Proteus Design Sheet

 

Step 4:To Select components, Click on the component mode button.

Component Mode

Component Mode

Step 5:Click On Pick from Libraries. It shows the categories of components available and a search option to enter the part name.

 

Pick from Libraries

Pick from Libraries

Step 6: Select the components from categories or type the part name in Keywords text box.

 

Keywords Textbox

Keywords Textbox

Example shows selection of push button. Select the components accordingly.

 

Push Button Selection

Push Button Selection

Step 7: The selected components will appear in the devices list. Select the component and place it in the design sheet by left-click.

 

Component Selection

Component Selection

Place all the required components and route the wires i.e, make connections.

Either selection mode above the component mode or component mode allows to connect through wires. Left click from one terminal to other to make connection. Double right-click on the connected wire or the component to remove connection or the component respectively.

 

Component Properties Selection

Component Properties Selection

Double click on the component to edit the properties of the components and click on Ok.

 

Component Properties Edit

Component Properties Edit

Step 8:After connecting the circuit,click on the play button to run the simulation.

 

Simulation Run

Simulation Run

In this example simulation, the button is depressed during simulation by clicking on it to make LED glow.

 

Simulation Animating

Simulation Animating

Simulation can be stepped, paused or stopped at any time.

 

Simulation Step-Pause-Stop Buttons

Simulation Step-Pause-Stop Buttons

Okay! That’s all enough for an introduction to Proteus Software! Now lets get to serious learning. Next chapter or the first serious chapter in this tutorial series  is – Switches and Relays in Proteus. Read this chapter to learn how to work with different types of switches in Proteus.

Once you finish the chapter on Switches, go to the succeeding chapter – Tutorial on LED and Bar Graph Display with Proteus – which explains how to work with led’s and different types of LED’s in proteus.

Comments
  • A komali
    June 14, 2017

    Sir/mam I have a small doubt
    Why we are choosing Proteus for the simulation

    • Narasimha Rao
      July 11, 2017

      Any simulation software is used to test the design and fix the bugs, hence Proteus. If you are asking why to choose Proteus, it provides simulation as well as PCB Designing.The simulated circuit can be directly converted to PCB Design.

  • May 11, 2017

    Its work very nice example

    • Narasimha Rao
      May 11, 2017

      Thanks for your comment, you can go through the next chapters for more examples under proteus category.

  • shoaib akhtar
    October 26, 2016

    i want to use raspberry pi. can i use it?

  • madhusudhan rao
    September 19, 2016

    i want this orginal software trail version…
    to whom i have ti contact now..pls help me……

  • Getinet
    May 14, 2016

    it is very nice

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