AWR Online Training

AWR is offering a free online training program to help engineers become more proficient with AWR’s high-frequency design tools. The training is module-based for manageable time commitment, and each video presentation consists of three 90-minute webinars (60 minutes of content and 30 minutes of Q&A). The schedule is flexible, with modules offered over several weeks. Developers can view live lectures via telephone and web browser, or replay them at a more convenient time. Each lecture comes with a 90-minute take-home exercise designed to enhance understanding of the material.

The training modules currently available are:

Setting up EM in Microwave Office
Covers the essential concepts needed to get an EM simulation working in the Microwave Office environment

  • Drawing and EM Layers
  • Understanding the Enclosure Settings
  • Mesh Settings – reasonable mesh guidelines
  • Controlling frequency and AFS
  • Importing artwork to EM
  • Extraction

AXIEM Concepts
AXIEM users need to understand three important concepts to use the full power of the simulator: ports, meshing, and solver settings

  • How ports work: implicit/explicit, deembedding settings, other port options (version 9)
  • Meshing: The grid and decimation, controlling the mesh, reasonable mesh options
  • Solvers: Direct vs. Iterative solvers, how an iterative solver works, preconditioners

Advanced EM Concepts for Planar Simulators
Designed to give the user a deeper understanding of planar simulators

  • Deembedding: How it really works. Limitations and caveats (Version 9 features)
  • Metal Loss: Approximations and limitations
  • S Parameters and grounding issues: series ports, internal ground planes
  • Coplanar and Stripline simulations

Introduction to Microwave Office
Introduces the user to the software’s UI, schematic and layout interaction, and shows how to make a graph and measurement

  • A Tour of the user interface: Menus, browsers, hotkeys
  • Linear Simulation: A simple Tee example. Graphing and mesurements
  • Frequency Control: Global and local control of frequency
  • Tuning and Swept Variables: How they work in graphs
  • Schematic and Layout interaction: Ratlines, snapping together
  • Exporting the layout

Controlling Layout
This module shows how layout is setup and controlled

  • Units, database size, and grid size
  • Controlling Drawing Layers
  • Model layers when importing and exporting artwork cells
  • Schematic layout: snap together options, face options
  • Inserting artwork cells into schematic layout
  • Exporting layout: mappings and options
  • Associating fixed artwork cells with schematic elements
  • Introduction to the LPF file and linetypes

Using Harmonic Balance
Covers basic setup of harmonic balance: ports, tones and harmonics, and circuit topologies

  • What is harmonic balance?
  • How ports are controlled
  • Controlling harmonics
  • Common measurements: total power, power in a harmonic, large signal S parameters, spectral measurements
  • Typical Topologies: power amplifier, mixer, IP3, HotS22

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