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What is Bright Spark?
Building your own circuits
Bright Spark is a fun circuit simulation package for
It’s quick and easy to draw circuits in Bright Spark.
exploring the world of electronics. Combining on-
Just grab the components you need and connect
screenanimation with realistic simulation, Bright
them together using the intelligent wiring tool. Make
Spark aids understanding by bringing circuits to life.
any final adjustments – Bright Spark will re-wire
It assumes no prior knowledge and comes with
your circuit automatically – and then press the ‘play’
built-in courseware to help you learn the key
button to begin simulation.principles behind electronics. You can then go on
and build your own circuits using the wide choice of
components included in the software.
An integrated link with PCB Wizard 3 means it’s
straightforward to convert your ideas into a Printed
Circuit Board (PCB). Simply select the circuit you
Bright Spark uses advanced computer-modelling
wanttransferred, click the ‘PCB Make’ button and
techniques to show you what happens ‘inside’
then leave PCB Wizard 3 to do the rest.
components and connecting wires when electrons
flow around a circuit. This means that for the first
time voltage, current and charge can be seen in
action, making these notoriously difficult concepts
easier to grasp.
An important element of BrightSpark is its
courseware, which has been designed to help you
gain an appreciation of the underlying science of
electronics. The courseware contains a high level of
simulation, animation and interactivity and
Bright Spark has over 40 superbly animated
encourages understanding through practical
components for you to investigate including
investigation. Acomprehensive range of topics is
resistors, capacitors, switches, sensors, logic gates,
covered including electric charge, current, voltage,
diodes, timers, transistors and amplifiers. There are
conductance, resistance, capacitance, Ohm’s law,
no limits to the circuits that you can design and no
Kirchoff’s laws, series circuits and parallel circuits.
loose connections or faultycomponents. However,
if the maximum ratings for any components are
exceeded, they will explode!
Pop-up bubble hints give readings
for voltage, current, charge and
Bright Spark circuit animation shows
what happens inside components
Comprehensive suite of test
instruments include an ammeter,
voltmeter and 2-channel
Direct link toPCB Wizard 3 means
it’s easy to create PCBs.
Control Studio 2
What Is Control Studio 2?
Move ahead with rapid prototyping
Control Studio 2 is a simulation package for learning
Control Studio 2 provides a very useful method of
about systems electronics. It provides a practical
developing different circuit ideas, enabling you tointroduction to the subject, helping place electronics
consider a number of ‘what if ?’ scenarios before
in context within the everyday world. Control Studio
arriving at a final design solution. And because
2 also offers a unique way of quickly modelling
Control Studio 2 is compatible with Livewire and
circuit ideas during the early stages of a project.
PCB Wizard 3, you canautomatically create circuit
diagrams with ease.
Why take the systems route?
The systems approach takes an alternative route to
the component approach, considering instead the
Circuits designed in Control Studio 2 can be
functions of electronic circuits rather than the
transferred directly to PCB Wizard 3 to create a
analysis of their constituent parts. This...