VSM Simulation

The Proteus Design Suite is unique in offering the ability to co-simulate both high and low-level micro-controller code in the context of a mixed-mode SPICE circuit simulation.

VSM in Education

Information on using Proteus VSM as a learning tool in education.

VSM for Business

The advantages of using Proteus VSM as a productivity tool in industry.

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What is Proteus VSM?

A detailed overview of our unique embedded simulation technology.

VSM Studio IDE

The VSM Studio IDE provides an integrated environment for your firmware development.

Advanced Simulation Features

The Advanced Simulation Features product adds graph based analysis to your Proteus simulation.

USB Simulation

Proteus USB simulation is a unique product for developing USB device products.

IoT Builder

IoT Builder makes it quick and easy to control remote Arduino™ & Raspberry Pi® electronics from a mobile device.

Embedded Peripherals

A listing of just some of the embedded peripherals models available as standard with Proteus VSM.

Supported Compilers

How to use your favorite toolchain with Proteus VSM.

VSM for Microchip™

Including the PIC10, PIC12, PIC16, PIC18, PIC24 & dsPIC33 range of microcontrollers.

VSM for ARM®

Including the Cortex™-M0, Cortex™-M3, Cortex™-M4 & ARM® LPC2000 MCU's.

VSM for Atmel®

Including ATTINY, AT90S, ATMEGA, 8051 and ARM microcontrollers.

VSM for Arduino™

Full support for popular Arduino boards and dozens of ready made shields.

VSM for NXP

Including 8051 and ARM microcontrollers.

VSM for Texas Instruments™

Including MSP430, PICCOLO and ARM microcontroller variants.

PCB Layout

Proteus PCB design software seamlessly combines Schematic Capture and PCB layout to provide a powerful, integrated and easy to use suite of tools for professional PCB Design.

Proteus PCB Design software In Business

Powerful productivity tools used across the world.

Proteus PCB Design software In Education

Teach modern PCB design techniques with commercial grade tools.

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Schematic Capture Overview

A powerful design environment for modern electronics.

Hierarchical Design

Multi-sheet hierarchical design.

Design Reuse

Project Clips enables re-use of schematic and layout circuitry in future projects.

Bill Of Materials

Fully customisable Bill of materials reporting module.

Assembly Variants

Use managed assembly variants to create different product configurations from a single schematic.

Advanced Simulation Features

The Advanced Simulation Features product adds graph based analysis to your Proteus simulation.

PCB Layout Overview

A layout tool packed full of powerful, easy to use functionality.

Design Verification

User extendable, constraint driven design with an intuitive interface.

Automatic Length Matching

Full control over serpentine/accordion routing.

Auto-Routing

World Class shape based auto-routing included as standard with all packages.

MCAD Integration

Direct import of STEP/IGES models and export of STEP assemblies to mechanical CAD tools.

3D Viewer

Integrated 3D Visualization of the PCB with bare board view and height bounds check.

Project Notes

Documentation/reporting for your pcb design

Proteus Visual Designer

Proteus Visual Designer combines world class Proteus VSM simulation with a new flowchart programming engine to provide a truly integrated and intuitive development environment.

Proteus In Education

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Proteus Visual Designer

Flowchart programming integrated with Proteus VSM simulation to provide a complete Arduino or Raspberry Pi development solution.

Visual Designer for Arduino™

Visual Designer includes dozens of pre-made Arduino Shields, Grove Sensors and Generic Breakout Boards to make hardware design easy.

Visual Designer for Raspberry Pi®

Visual Designer includes dozens of pre-made Pi Hats, Grove Sensors and Generic Breakout Boards to make hardware design easy.

Visual Designer Projects

Student projects using Visual Designer.

IoT Builder for Visual Designer

Easily control remote Arduino™ electronics from your mobile phone or tablet with Visual Designer and IoT Builder.

Virtual Turtle Robot Simulation

Program virtual Arduino™ turtles like the Funduino and Zumo, simulate, test and debug in Proteus and then deploy on the real hardware with a button press.

Advanced Simulation Features

The Advanced Simulation Features product adds graph based analysis to your Visual Designer simulations.

Ordering & Pricing

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Information on how to generate a quotation and place an order as well as payment methods and delivery charges.

Commercial Price List

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Educational Pricing

View the complete, single user educational price list and build your own quotation.

Quotation Wizard

Our dynamic quotation wizard will guide your product selection and generate a custom quotation for you.

Upgrades and Maintenance

An explanation of the Proteus Update Service Contract, how it works and your software update options.

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Latest Release

Information on the latest features and additions to the Proteus Design Suite.

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Details on technical support options available to Proteus users.

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Links to some support downloads that may be relevant to some use of the Proteus software.

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Regardless of which tool you use to design your PCBs you will almost certainly be able to launch and view the board in 3D. Surprisingly often, this is dismissed as being a pre-sales tool that looks good rather than a genuinely useful feature for the engineer. In this post we’ll look at the top three uses for the 3D Viewer in the Proteus Design Suite and assume the results would be similar across the industry.

3) Height Clearance


You first set a height clearance on top and bottom of the board that corresponds to the space from the mounting position to the edges of the casing. Then, you turn on the height bounds view which produces a translucent block around the board at these dimensions. While an approximation it’s a very quick and easy way to visualize where problems might lie ahead in the case design.

PCB design height bounds Height bounds enabled in the Proteus 3D Viewer with a clearly extruding crystal.

2) Bare board Inspection


Looking at the 3D View of the board with the components removed is really helpful. It’s something we’re used to seeing in real life and is great for inspecting solder mask openings. It’s especially useful in high density areas of a board where you can zoom in and look for possible issues with component placement or via positions.

PCB design bareboard view Partial view of the underside of a board in bareboard view.

1) MCAD Output


For transfer to modern MCAD the standard export from the PCB Design Software package is a STEP/IGES assembly. This means that all of the constituent parts of the layout need to have an accompanying STEP/IGES file to correctly represent their dimensions.

Fortunately, this is now such an industry standard that most library part vendors will include a STEP file with all of their parts and there are also numerous web resources with STEP file libraries. Adding a STEP file to a footprint is in many cases an automatic process and if it does need to be done manually is really simple (see image opposite).

The end result is not only that your 3D View is a more accurate representation of the real board but that you can export it with a mouse click directly to MCAD tools like Solidworks or Autodesk.

PCB design 3D model view

Summary


The 3D Viewer is a great place to inspect your work, spot problems or improve your layout. So the next time you get towards the end of your layout work take a few minutes and explore whether your 3D Visualization tool can help you.

To learn more about 3D Visualization in Proteus watch the tutorial video below

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