AWR published a new application note. The article explains how to complement Microwave Office circuit design software with National Instrument’s Multisim circuit simulation software and Ultiboard printed circuit board (PCB) layout software for a comprehensive design flow spanning from DC to microwave frequencies. The title of the technical paper is Multisim/Ultiboard for Low-Frequency Simulation and Layout.
AWR published an application note about the features of Analyst EM Simulator for chip-module-board transitions. The technical paper highlights the features of AWR’s 3D finite element method (FEM) EM simulator by demonstrating the optimization of the transition from a board-to-chip signal path. The article shows how the ability to access Analyst seamlessly from within the Microwave Office environment saves time by eliminating not only the need for the design to be drawn and/or redrawn, but also by providing ready access to additional and powerful features of a circuit design tool such as tuning and optimization.
AWR has a new application note that explains how EDA tool integration benefits designers of circuits for 3G and 4G wireless systems. The app note describes the benefits of using AWR’s Microwave Office and Visual System Simulator (VSS) high-frequency design software with National Instruments’ LabVIEW signal processing software and virtual instruments. The title of the paper is Using LabVIEW in the AWR Design Environment To Design Complex Circuits for Wireless Applications.
AWR published an application note, High-Speed Serial Backplane – SERDES Design Example. The paper discusses the advantages of AWR Connected for Anritsu VectorStar for designing high-speed serial backplanes. AWR’s Microwave Office software is resident in the Anritsu VectorStar VNA. High-frequency design tools resident on a Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) provides a streamlined work flow that eliminates the time required to transfer measured data to a simulator running on a separate PC or workstation.
AWR published a new application note about the synthesis and design of complex filters. The app note uses a hairpin bandpass filter to illustrate how AWR’s iFilter synthesis software in conjunction with Microwave Office high-frequency design software and AXIEM 3D planar electromagnetic (EM) solver can help designers create filters that conform to specific manufacturing constraints and costs. The title of the paper is Synthesizing and Optimizing a Hairpin Bandpass Filter with AWR Tools.
When simulating a complete subsystem (such as a wireless communication device or radar receiver), the quality of measurement data becomes essential to ensure that the finished product meets or exceeds the demands the system will encounter in service. The measurement data can be used to make changes to the system early in the design process, when those changes can be realized in the least amount of time and at the lowest cost. However, this can be accomplished only if there is a direct link between the system being simulated and the measurement equipment itself.