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The Filter Wizard Remastered

Fainting in Coils

Kendall Castor-Perry
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There’s a further cool thing you can do with a spreadsheet that most SPICEs can’t. That’s to use the spreadsheet ‘solver’ functionality to adjust component values in the search for a better-fitting circuit – or even to find a set of component values for a circuit you can’t otherwise design.
You now need to adjust component values to achieve some system goal, such as predefined frequency response or time behaviour, and there’s no closed method for working out those values.
In previous posts I’ve talked about transferring spreadsheet-based circuit design “directly” to the lovely LTspice simulator, and a reader of The Filter Wizard was keen to understand exactly what “directly” actually meant, and to get some practical information on how to do it.
Now, our customer doesn’t want to buy big, expensive, high quality capacitors to build an active filter with this response. So, having established the principle of optimizing in the analogue domain, let’s look at whether need to make any changes in order to use it to create a digital filter – which we’ll be able to implement on the Cypress PSoC 3
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