Breadboard Experiments with Multisim, NI myDAQ, and TI myParts Kit

This lab manual introduces students to electronics theory and application circuits, as well as provides a practical method of getting to know the capabilities of myDAQ using TI components. In the experiments, students study, build, and test some of the preselected circuits that typify some of the basic elements of electronics used in many applications from cell phones to MP3 players to automotive control systems. This download includes a lab manual with seven experiments and the necessary Multisim files to complete the labs.
by Texas Instruments



  • Students will learn the fundamental application circuits such as filters and PWM generators.
  • Students will increase their familiarity with Multisim and myDAQ.
  • Students will reinfronce their data acquistion skills using the NI ELVISmx suite of virtual instrument.


Level University
Topic Circuits
Style Labaratory
Prerequisite Skills Introductory Circuits


This lab will demonstrate the theory and operation of several types of first-order filters, including low-pass, high-pass, and band-pass filters. Passive and active filters will also be discussed, as well as a brief introduction to higher order filtering.
This lab will create an 8-bit, digital-to-analog converter (DAC). Students will use the "DigOut" ELVISmx virtual instrument and eight digital I/O pins to bias an R-2R resistive network.
This lab introduces a triangle wave generator that can be used to create pulse width modulated (PWM) signals. Students will build the triangle wave generator by first creating a basic integrator circuit. Then students add a comparator to complete triangle wave generator.
In this lab students will use a triangle wave generator and DAC for use an LED dimmer. The resulting output signal of the circuit will have a duty cycle that is proportional to the input voltage. The PWM signal will be used to then dim the LED.
This lab will build a light detector circuit using an op amp and an everyday light emitting diode (LED). When an LED is exposed to light, it will create a small current from cathode to anode due to the photovoltaic effect. Using this property of LEDs, students will build a circuit that outputs a voltage that is proportional to the intensity of ambient light.
This lab will demonstrate the theory and operation of non-inverting amplifiers as well as their practical application to amplify the signal of a microphone. Students will construct a non-inverting amplifier to increase the output signal of a microphone, and use this circuit to measure the performance of a loudspeaker.
The goal of this experiment is to reinforce state machine concepts by having students design and implement a state machine using simple chips and a protoboard. This experiment also introduces students to basic physical components.


Combines a comprehensive set of plug-and-play computer-based lab instruments with portability for hands-on student learning in or outside the lab.


Multisim is a circuit simulation tool built for educators to teach analog, digital, and power electronics by connecting simulation to experimentation. 

myParts Kit from Texas Instruments: Companion Parts Kit for NI myDAQ

The set of key components in the myParts Kit encourages hands-on experimentation with breadboards of basic circuitry, helping to make learning productive and enjoyable for beginners and more advanced students alike.

Required Software

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  • Multisim 14.0 or later
  • NI ELVISmx

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