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Test and Measurement

AWR Product Line Preview

January 17, 2011
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There's a lot to see in AWR's 2010 software product line. Highlights include: Microwave Office, AXIEM, and Visual System Simulator.

Microwave Office: The 2010 release boasts a number of new features and capabilities - from nonlinear behavioral modeling support for Agilent’s X-parameters®, Mesuro’s Cardiff Model, and more, to multi-rate harmonic balance (MRHB™) technology improvements for even faster simulation times. Constant compression/constant output power simulation for computing compression from linear gain region or max gain region, linear stability analysis including normalized determinant function and stability envelope measurement, as well as a novel connectivity tracer for identifying nets and locating short or open circuits visually are all part of this release.

In addition, 2010 brings two new cost-option modules to Microwave Office. The first is iFilter™ filter synthesis for the ready design and optimization of lumped-element and distributed filters. The second, for RF PCB designers, is AWR Connected™ for Cadence® Allegro®, which makes importing Cadence PCB layouts into the Microwave Office environment quick and efficient.

AXIEM: The 2010 release opens up new possibilities for 3D planar antenna analysis. It incorporates additional antenna measurements, gain measurements, and current and field visualization, plus antenna patterns for linear, circular, and elliptical polarizations, etc, that make it an indispensible tool for antenna designers, especially antenna array designers. Don your 3D glasses and head to AWR booth #1318 to check out AXIEM in action.

Visual System Simulator: VSS 2010 introduces time delay neural network (TDNN) advanced amplifier behavioral models for memory effects. It also adds new turbo decoders supporting 3G/4G standards such as cdma2000, IS856, WiMAX, and LTE, as well as custom turbo codes, and additional RF models and further enhancements for RF architecture design.

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