4.10  PWL: Piecewise linear function

4.10.1  Syntax

PWL x1,y1 x2,y2 ...

4.10.2  Purpose

Defines a piecewise linear transfer function or time dependent value.


This is similar to, but not exactly the same as, the Berkeley SPICE PWL for fixed sources.

For fixed sources, it defines voltage or current as a function of time.

The meaning of the x and y values depends on the component type:
component X Y
C (capacitor) voltage charge
E (VCVS) voltage voltage
F (CCCS) current current
G (VCCS) voltage current
H (CCVS) current voltage
I (current source) time current
L (inductor) current flux
R (resistor) current voltage
V (voltage source) time voltage
Y (admittance) voltage current
VCCAP voltage capacitance
VCG voltage conductance
VCR voltage resistance
trans-capacitor voltage charge

The values of x must be in increasing order.

Outside the specified range, the behavior depends on the type of element. For fixed sources, the output (voltage or current) is constant at the end value. This is compatible with SPICE. For other types, the last segment is extended linearly. If you want it to flatten, specify an extra point so the slope of the last segment is flat.

4.10.4  Parameters

There are no additional parameters, beyond those that apply to all.

4.10.5  Example

C1 (2 0) pwl (-5,-5u 0,0 1,1u 4,2u 5,2u)
This “capacitor” stores 5 microcoulombs at -5 volts (negative, corresponding to the negative voltage, as expected. The charge varies linearly to 0 at 0 volts, acting like a 1 microfarad capacitor. (C = dq/dv). This continues to 1 volt. The 0,0 point could have been left out. The charge increases only to 2 microcoulombs at 4 volts, for an incremental capacitance of 1u/3 or .3333 microfarads. The same charge at 5 volts indicates that it saturates at 2 microcoulombs. For negative voltages, the slope continues.