Mouser's free software tool gets online support site

November 07, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Mouser Electronics, supporting its recent release of the (National-Instruments-derived) MultiSIM BLUE software package, now has a site with documentation, downloads, video tutorials and user forum to get engineer’s designs to market faster.

Available as a free download on, MultiSIM BLUE is positioned as an easy-to-use, fully integrated platform for circuit simulation and design from PCB to BOM. No other free design tool, Mouser claims, gives design engineers this complete level of integration. offers a variety of MultiSIM BLUE resources, including introductory information with features and benefits of the tool, getting started collateral, visual quick-start guides, product manual downloads, FAQs and video tutorials. The in-depth video tutorials, for example, explore how users can take advantage of some of the features of the tool, and offer such topics as building a basic circuit schematic, how to use MultiSIM BLUE simulation tools, and using snippets to drag and drop circuits from the sample circuit library to get designs started.

Other support features of the Mouser MultiSIM BLUE Support site include a dynamic knowledge base of common questions that users have addressed and solved using the tool, and an online forum where engineering customers of Mouser can actively take part or read about technical discussions and their user experiences with MultiSIM BLUE. The discussion forums cover a broad range of topics such as schematic capturing and simulation, PCB layout questions, BOM-to-Cart discussions, Mouser part database questions, open source hardware topics and general discussions about the tool and suggestions for improvements.

MultiSIM BLUE is the NI MultiSim Component Evaluator Mouser Edition, that uses the Berkeley SPICE simulation engine and includes a preloaded component library from Mouser's extensive selection. Once the simulation is done and the design is validated, designers can then proceed to a shopping cart and buy all their necessary components from the Mouser website with just one click. This fully integrated BOM-to-Cart button can save engineers days on each design, since this functionality automatically populates the shopping cart based on the specific design to prevent any mistakes.

MultiSIM BLUE supports pre-layout design convergence analysis and mixed-signal simulation, and can handle components as complex