Software adds enhancements for RF and microwave design
Version 13 of the NI AWR Design Environment has been released. V13 has new features and enhancements to address the design challenges associated with highly-integrated RF/microwave components commonly found in communications, phased-array radar and other electronic systems.
It introduces what the company describes as innovations in design flow management and simulation, supporting monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC), RFIC, multi-chip module and PCB technologies. Simulation capabilities have been expanded within the Microwave Office APLAC harmonic balance (HB) and Visual System Simulator (VSS) system-level simulation engines and speed improvements have been made to both its AXIEM planar 3D and Analyst arbitrary 3D electromagnetic (EM) solvers.
Design automation and simulation have been enhanced for multi-chip modules, with greater support for multi-technology process design kits within a single project, new support for OpenAccess (schematic) databases and APLAC co-simulation support for Spectre RFIC netlists, as well as simplified EM layout and port creation.
For PCB design, a new import wizard supports ODB++ and IPC2851 databases to provide interoperability with mainstream third-party PCB layout tools. New layout editing capabilities have also been added, along with simplified multi-technology management.
The new EM Socket II architecture offers improved third-party EM simulation flows for AWR Connected partner solutions from ANSYS, CST and Sonnet, giving designers access to alternate EM simulators within NI AWR Design Environment.
The software adresses specific system requirements with highly accurate simulated RF front-end component measurements provided through new communication libraries for 5G candidate modulation waveforms and phased-array behavioural model enhancements. RF power amplifier designers can now use the system-level load-pull analysis in VSS to generate contours for communication performance metrics such as adjacent channel power ratio (ACPR) and error vector magnitude (EVM). New capabilities in the iFilter synthesis tool for RF filter designers accelerate product development, says the company. For designers of passive and control components, such as transformers, couplers and mixers, there are new synthesis capabilities and optimization methods using proprietary genetic algorithms for more robust designs.
User support has been expanded with an interactive guided help and knowledge base content.
The NI AWR Design Environment software portfolio includes RF/microwave electronic design automation (EDA) tools such as Visual System Simulator for system design, Microwave Office/Analog Office for microwave/RF circuit design, and AXIEM and Analyst for electromagnetic analysis.