AWR, an innovation leader in high-frequency electronic design automation (EDA), announced that its Simulation Technology and Applied Research (STAAR) division, which develops Analyst™ 3D finite element method (FEM) software, has been awarded three grants for US government-sponsored research projects through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Two of the grants for FEM EM software development are from the US Department of Energy. One is focused on RF cavity design and the other on current modeling to enable more rapid evaluation and design iteration of next-generation light sources and particle colliders. The third, awarded by the US Navy, focuses on improving emission/ionization algorithms of 3D FEM technology in the 80 to 300 GHz range.

The proprietary parallelized 3D FEM EM simulation and analysis capability embodied in Analyst software is the result of more than a decade of development at STAAR in collaboration with the US Department of Defense and US Department of Energy, and has been employed to analyze extremely complex RF and microwave structures at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and Naval Research Laboratory. Now part of AWR’s EM technology portfolio, R&D advancements made possible through the SBIR grants will ultimately benefit the commercial wired and wireless design communities as well.