Saturday, April 18, 2009

A Tutorial of Proteus Isis and Proteus Ares
This tutorial shows you how to create circuits in Proteus Isis, simulate them and then create PCB with Proteus.

Proteus is software for microprocessor simulation, schematic capture, and printed circuit board (PCB) design. It is developed by Labcenter Electronics.
The Proteus Design Suite inludes:
* ISIS - A schematic capture tool with the possibility to simulate programmable ICs like Microchip PIC, Atmel AVR (ATmega8, ATmega32, or ATtiny2313) etc.
*ARES - for PCB layouts.

The URL for Proteus is

Unfortunately, there are few / no good tutorials for Proteus out there, and therefore I took the trouble of making one myself. The tutorial has 3 parts. First part demonstrates Drawing circuits in Proteus Isis. Second part shows how to simulate circuits in Proteus ISIS, and how to export to ARES for making PCB layout. The third video shows Routing and how to print masks for PCB making.

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  1. nice step for bangladesh. there is many site in other countrys for mcu projects, but in bd there is few literaly.

  2. hey thnx for the tutorial...
    Can u please help me in connecting a relay to the PIC micro controller n simulate using Proteus i would be very thankful if u can give me the solution

  3. Please send me the link of youtube that i can download them.......all three........

  4. @Zaved: Just click on the video twice. You will be taken to youtube.

    @Harsha: Just follow the steps in the tutorial

  5. Hi Sajid,

    I did a schematic in ISIS (thanks to your tutorial). My schematic includes a fuse for circuit protection (Animated fuse in ISIS). But when I go to ARES I dont see the fuse as a component which can be laid out. Help!

  6. Fuse possibly does not have a PCB footprint. I am planning to make a tutorial showing how to make a custom footprint. Stay tuned...

  7. Ah, ok. Thanks a lot.

  8. Hello bro! i am doing 1 project which is microcontroller based transformer performance monitoring. i am done all my power parts. as in all the monitoring part . now i have to implement the microcontroller part, that is i have to sense the current and voltage reading from the transformer short circuit and open circuit test and display it on a LCD display. i am trying to figure out how can i do it. as my major is power , so my embedded knowledge is zero.
    please help. i am a bangladeshi also . i am doing a northumbria university program in UK.

  9. the next part of my project is to interface with the computer using matlab and do the statistical analysis.
    please help.

  10. any way siple to learn assembly progarmming?
    thanks for the pefect tutorials

  11. Hello,

    Thanks for this great tutorials, they are very useful..and i like them very much
    about Auto Router in Ares, actually you config it so you can make just one layer PCB.just by going to :
    Design Rule Manager>Net Classes and choose bottom Copper for Pari 1 and Pair 2
    What i don't undertand ,is how can you save your PCB in PDF format
    i don't have this option ???

  12. Thank for the tip on single layer PCB. I tried that a while ago but it did not work for me. May be, back then, it was a proteus glitch.

    Any way, you can use any PDF printer software to make the masks to pdf. My favourite one is Bullzip ( Install it, and then in your printers folder, you will have a new printer called bullzip pdf printer. Print to that printer to get a PDF document instead of a hard copy.

  13. Thanks for your quick response, i really appreciate it.
    and the ballzip works just fine for me.
    thanks again
    looking for more tutorial...

  14. Nice site. Thank you for the tutorial.

  15. Thanks so much for this perfect tutorial for beginners.
    It is very helpful, but I need you to complete it by showing clearly how to force Proteus to make a single PCB on the bottom copper layer only.
    Thanks in advance

  16. hello there,

    i have some questions here i think.. firstly how to insert a pulse in proteus isis?? next how to set the pulse if i want to use the pulse to replace a sensor as in the proteus isis it only contain temperature sensor. hope you can help me on that. thanks

  17. I have created a new tutorial on that. Check it out:

  18. How to debug AVR mc in proteus using winavr c?

  19. i am assigned to do a project of voice recording, where i m sampling data at 8kHz and storing it in an external eeprom. (24c512B). when the eeprom internally writes the data, it takes >5ms. By this time,40 desired data samples should be taken. I can do adc conversion during this period, but where to store them ? Bcoz eeprom is busy. I can not even store these data temporarily in the internal memory of atmega32, bcoz the amount of these excess data grows bigger n bigger over time(40+40+40+....).
    Using a SRAM may solve it. Or using another EEPROM may also be a poor choice. But I want neither, since I saw a pdf describing voice recording where only a single dataflash along with avr is used, no ram, no extra eeprom, even no data compression algo is used there.
    here is it

    unfortunately, i cant understand (or cant agree with) their algorithm of writing to dataflash, especially described in page 7 and 8 of the above pdf. Would u have a glance on it, plz?
    What might be a good solution of my problem u do think ?
    thanking in advance

  20. which tutorial, I couldn't see any tutorial here?

  21. Can you comment on commercial/industrial use of micro controllers in Bangladesh? Are there any companies that provide system design, integration services? Thanks.

  22. HI,



  23. Do you mean the size is not identical? While printing the PDF, you need to ensure that the printing is done in "Actual Size" and not "Fit to Page"

  24. Sir, I am facing a problem while printing a pcb from ares. I have used circular pads and larger drill holes. But in the printout the drill holes do not come larger. However large hole drill hole I choose or not, in the output the hole size is always the same small default size. I am using proteus 7.5 sp3. Here is my printout and the original ares artwork screenshot.

    I have heard from one of my friend that Toru Vai recommended larger drill holes on the printout for better drilling.

  25. Hi Tanvir,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    In Ares, the pads are defined as eg C-40-15, the second number represents the drill dia. Choose a larger number for larger drill number. If still in Printout the drill holes are not large enough, make the pads abundantly large, then even after drilling, there will be sufficient amount of copper for soldering.

  26. Sir, I have watched your tutorials on making PCB using ARES. While routing with bottom copper, if I route a pin of an IC with a pin of a capacitor, the green lines do not disappear. Why dont they? And one more thing, i have used trace style T30, will it be good enough for routing?
    Is there any need for larger drill holes? I have used the default ones.

  27. T30 should be good enough. Personally, I try use T40 - T60.

    The green lines may remain. Try rerouting through a different path and then delete the original route. Sometimes then the green line dissappears

  28. Sir, if i want to put a drill hole, what could be its settings?

  29. Hi!
    I saw your tutorial and it great! It helped me alot to learn to use isis and ares, but I have a problem.
    When I'm trying to set the printer in ares, I'm getting only 3 options: fax, Microsoft XPS Document Writer and send to OneNote 2007. I using adobe acrobat reader to read pdf files but there is no option in ares to make one. Did you put any addons for the pdf option?

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  31. you need to install Adobe Reader Professional, or any free pdf printers: Cute pdf is one:

  32. hi,
    it's a great tutorial and it helped me a lot. but i face some problem.
    when i print out my circuit, the size of the output is not same as the components size. it become smaller then the actual size. how u teach me how to get the actual size?
    thanks in advance =]

  33. learn "adc" of microcontroller.
    you will find many tutorian on net.
    or mail me.

  34. learn "adc" of micro controller.
    you will find many tutorial on net.
    or mail me.

  35. I have problem inputing the hex files. and it turn a problem and the message is : colon expected at start of line and some parameter problems like: PARAMETER not defined in INVERT of U1.please help...

  36. Assalam-O-Alaikum,
    Sir ur tutorials are really very helpfull especially auto routing is one of them.
    Sir i want to simulate a circuit here im using a component 4558 its a dual Op-Amp but whenever i play(start) the simulation it gives an error here it is.
    - NO model specifed for U1:A.
    - Simulation FAILED due to partion analysis.
    Sir i know, this is because when we select the device there is no simulator model, but from where we can get this.
    Sir i would be very thankful to u to solve my problem Sir take this like ur own, im barely stuck in my presentation
    Thanks again.

    1. this is because there is no simulation model. if you search for the part again you will see that. it is written on the right side

  37. great!!! actually i was searching my level best for this one.
    can anyone plz suggest any good book for proteus PCB desgning. thanks

  38. I was searching for my level best for a good proteus tutorial, and finding none in 2009, I created these videos. I don't know if any books are available

  39. I am not sure if any 3rd party library of isis is available. If a component doesn't have simulation model, you are out of luck. (unless if you can make a model your self)

  40. Hi, how do i check if the footprint i drawn is the ACTUAL SIZE so that the ic can fit into the footprint ? Also which pcb track width to use for 5A current using Ares?
    Thanks alot.

  41. hats off to you sir ! thank u so much ! just one prob that while connector to capacitors in PCB mode the green line does not goes. can u guide me in this ?

  42. hi , sajid
    I have facing problem of masking top copper. can you help me to solve it out ?

  43. আমি কম্পোনেন্ট গুলো প্লেস করতে পারছি না।সিলেক্ট হয় মেইন উইন্ডোতে যায় কিন্তু প্লেস হয় না যদি একটু সময় হয় প্লিজ আমাকে জানাবেন।ধন্যবাদ আপনাকে।


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