Integrated passive devices design kit is for NI AWR software

3D Glass Solutions (3DGS) has released what it believes is the first glass-based RF integrated passive devices (IPDs) process design kit (PDK) specifically for NI AWR Design Environment customers. It has been developed in collaboration with NI AWR software experts, to enable the design of high-performance components for internet of things (IoT), LTE, 5G and satellite communications. These components are realised by using low-insertion loss matching networks and RF filters with a small footprint (less than 2.0 x 2.0mm) and high-current handling.

Electrical models and parameterised layout cells (PCells) are implemented in the PDK. They work with the 3DGS parameterised extraction flow for AXIEM 3D planar and Analyst 3D finite element method (FEM) electromagnetic (EM) simulators within Microwave Office circuit design software. The PDK also supports NI AWR software iNet intelligent and automated net routing technology, design-rule checking (DRC) and connectivity check/highlight.

“Chip-to-board and chip-to-chip interconnects are a common cause of unwanted parasitic losses in lumped-element devices,” said Jeb Flemming, CTO at 3GS. “IPD technology significantly reduces these losses by embedding capacitors, inductors, filters, baluns and combiners into a single monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC), providing electronic devices with a reduced footprint, reduced energy consumption and improved RF performance. Our advanced 3D routing of RF signals on top, through and on the bottom of the glass IPD improve performance by

Sherry Hess, vice president of marketing at AWR Group, NI, added: “The 3DGS PDK allows customers to explore product development on glass for smaller and more energy-efficient products.”

The 3DGS PDK release for the NI AWR Design Environment platform is available immediately directly from 3DGS.

The NI AWR Design Environment software platform includes RF/microwave electronic design automation (EDA) tools such as Visual System Simulator system design software, Microwave Office/Analog Office microwave/RF circuit design software and AXIEM and Analyst EM analysis software. The NI AWR software product portfolio also includes AntSyn antenna design and synthesis software and AWR Connected third-party solutions. The products are designed to dramatically reduce development time and cost for components, circuits, systems and subsystems employed in wireless, high-speed wired, broadband, aerospace and defence and electro-optical applications.

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