- Buyers Guide
EDA Simulation Software
The Advanced Design System (ADS) electronic design automation (EDA) Release 1.3 software provides real-time interactive tuning of multiple parameters, analysis and synthesis of transmission lines, filter synthesis, matching network synthesis, improved noise analysis and faster large-scale circuit envelope simulations. The software operates on most UNIX system platforms as well as PCs using Windows® 95, 98 and Windows NT 4.0 systems. Price: starts at $21,000.
Agilent Technologies, Palo Alto, CA (800) 452-4844, ext. 6850.
Harmonic Load-pull Simulator
The Web-based Harmonic Load-pull Simulator (HeLPS) is a next-generation RF/microwave design tool that dramatically reduces design time and lowers costs to improve circuit performance. HeLPS utilizes the company’s proprietary large-signal modeling technology and standard SPICE models to allow designers to perform first-round optimization of circuits without prototyping or testing in hardware. The software solution uses a standard Internet browser and Java Apple-based graphical user interface to determine optimum circuit design parameters.
Gigahertz Design Technology Inc., Los Altos, CA (650) 533-7501.
Microwave Studio Software
The CST MicroWave Studio (MWS) (version 2) is a state-of-the-art software tool designed specifically for the calculation of high frequency fields on a Windows-based PC. The software incorporates the Perfect Boundary Approximation™, an extension of the Finite Integration technique, for precision and performance; a modeller that enables the fast definition of complex structures; a three-dimensional Eigenmode solver; and built-in power macro language, which allows thorough integration of MWS into Windows. Typical applications of MWS include the simulation of waveguides, couplers, power splitters, filters, planar structures, connectors and antennas.
CST of America Inc., Cambridge, MA (617) 576-5857.