A software platform for emulating electronics systems

Virtual Breadboard

Virtual Breadboard

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  • Latest Version

    Virtual Breadboard 1.7.2 LATEST

  • Review by

    Sophia Jones

  • Operating System

    Windows 10 / Windows 11

  • User Rating

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  • Author / Product

    James Caska / External Link

  • Filename

    Virtual Breadboard Installer.exe

  • MD5 Checksum

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Virtual Breadboard (VBB) is an emulator for Breadboard integrated circuits. It’s also able to function as a developmental environment for microcontrollers. The desktop app can be used for developing and debugging microcontrollers and emulating circuits, programming control panels for embedded applications, or even creating documentation for circuits.

Virtual Breadboard Screenshot 1

Virtual Components
  • LiquidCrystal LiquidCrystal Display via 4bit parallel interface
  • OLED SSD1306 OLED 128x64 via SPI interface
  • NEOPIXELS Neopixels stips and arrays via WS2812 pixel pulse width interface
  • Max 7219 MAX7219 via SPI with up to 8 Segment 7 Displays
  • EPaper EPaper 122x250 via SPI with BSY signals
  • DSO 8mhz logic analyser capture
  • Servo Servo with pulse width controller
It features an intuitive and user-friendly interface and provides you with access to a wide collection of circuit template. It’s unable to analyze simulate though, so if that’s what you’re looking for you might want to go with something else instead. VBB is a program for developing Breadboard form factor digital circuits and creating the microcontroller software that starts them. Virtual Breadboard is building an artificial intelligence design assistant for physical computing and internet-of-things applications.

Virtual Breadboard Screenshot 2

The VBB is modern App for the Windows Universal Platform (UWP) uses the Fluent Design System modelled on the Windows Paint 3D App that we all know and love.

What`s New
  • Introducing ChatVBB, seamlessly integrating with ChatGPT for streamlined code generation and export capabilities.
  • Explore microcontroller-based electronic circuits with confidence, enabling safe experimentation.
  • Preview circuit layouts before finalizing your build, ensuring optimal design decisions.
  • Utilize a comprehensive circuit and microcontroller emulator to test both your code and circuits efficiently.
  • Engage in interactive virtualization for immersive learning experiences and thorough circuit testing.
  • Navigate through a plethora of documented examples with ease using the examples explorer feature.
  • Craft solderless Virtual Breadboard circuit applications effortlessly with our intuitive design interface.
Highlights
  • An intuitive interface that could be easily used by anyone that knows what they’re doing.
  • Allows you to choose from a rich collection of circuit templates or instead opt to create your own.
  • Gives you the opportunity to personalize your project with various components (instruments, timers, function generators, motors, LCD/LED displays, and more).
  • Displays the error log while the circuit is emulating so that you can see what went wrong in real-time.
  • Gives you the ability to use the terminal component to send UART commands at TTL levels.
  • Perfect app for use by teachers, students, and engineers alike.
Features
  • Circuit Design: Create complex electronic circuits using a wide range of components such as resistors, capacitors, transistors, and integrated circuits.
  • Simulation: Simulate circuit behavior to predict how components will interact and troubleshoot potential issues before physical implementation.
  • Virtual Instruments: Utilize virtual oscilloscopes, function generators, and multimeters to measure and analyze circuit parameters.
  • Arduino Integration: Seamlessly integrate with Arduino microcontroller boards for rapid prototyping and testing of embedded systems.
  • PCB Layout: Design printed circuit boards (PCBs) directly within VBB, streamlining the transition from prototyping to manufacturing.
User Interface

The user interface of this program is clean and intuitive, with a familiar layout resembling a physical breadboard. Navigation is straightforward, and the drag-and-drop functionality makes circuit design a breeze.

Virtual Breadboard Screenshot 3

The toolbar provides quick access to essential tools and features, while the workspace offers ample room for designing and testing circuits.

Installation and Setup

Installing this app is a simple process that involves downloading the installer from the official website or FileHorse and following the on-screen instructions. The software is compatible with Windows operating systems and requires minimal system resources to run smoothly.

How to Use
  • Launch the tool and start a new project.
  • Drag components from the toolbar onto the workspace to build your circuit.
  • Connect components using virtual wires to establish electrical connections.
  • Configure component properties and settings as needed.
  • Run simulations to test the behavior of your circuit and troubleshoot any issues.
  • Once satisfied, you can export your design for physical implementation or PCB fabrication.
Virtual Breadboard Screenshot 4

FAQ

Can Virtual Breadboard simulate Arduino projects?
Yes, it offers seamless integration with Arduino boards, allowing you to design and test Arduino projects within the software environment.

Is Virtual Breadboard suitable for beginners?
While the app offers advanced features, it also caters to beginners with its intuitive interface and extensive documentation.

Can I export my circuit designs to other software?
It supports exporting to various file formats, including standard circuit simulation formats and PCB design files.

Are there tutorials available for learning VBB?
Yes, the official website provides comprehensive tutorials and guides to help users get started with the software.

What are the system requirements for Virtual Breadboard?
The program is compatible with Windows 11, 10, 8 or 7 or later and requires a minimum of 2GB of RAM and 500MB of disk space.

Alternatives

LTspice: A powerful circuit simulation software with advanced analysis capabilities, ideal for professionals and academics.

Proteus: A comprehensive electronics design suite offering circuit simulation, PCB layout, and microcontroller simulation.

Fritzing: A prototyping tool for designing electronic circuits and creating PCB layouts, with a focus on simplicity and accessibility.

System Requirements
  • Operating System: Windows 11, 10, 8 or 7
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 or equivalent
  • RAM: 2GB or more
  • Disk Space: 500MB or more
PROS
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Comprehensive feature set
  • Arduino integration
  • PCB design capabilities
  • Extensive documentation and support
CONS
  • Limited platform support (Windows only)
Conclusion

Virtual Breadboard is a versatile Windows software tool for electronic circuit design, simulation, and prototyping. With its intuitive interface, comprehensive features, and seamless Arduino integration, it caters to both beginners and experienced users alike. While its platform limitations and pricing structure may deter some users, the overall functionality and usability make it a valuable asset for electronics enthusiasts and professionals.

Whether you're tinkering with simple circuits or developing complex embedded systems, it provides a robust platform for bringing your ideas to life.

Note: Requires Java JRE, .NET Framework, and Arduino.

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