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August 7, 2010
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System Simulation Software
A new version of the LINC2 VSA (Visual System Architect) system simulation software has recently been released by ACS. Version 1.03 adds new system components and behavioral models to the VSA's Components menu. A new bandpass filter model with ideal selectivity is now part of the list of available components. The Visual System Architect offers the flexibility and ease of use of schematic-based system simulation combined with a comprehensive array of analysis methods and graphic displays for designing at the system level. More information about the Visual System Architect and other LINC2 products from ACS can be found on the ACS web site.
Applied Computational Sciences (ACS) LLC,
Escondido, CA
(760) 612-6988,
www.appliedmicrowave.com
RS No. 310

iFilter Software
AWR Corp. announced its new iFilter technology, which was developed specifically for synthesis of lumped-element and distributed filters. iFilter's intuitive user interface enables users to quickly and easily design filters, connect them directly to circuitry, and make optimization trade-offs that positively impact their designs. It operates seamlessly within AWR's Microwave Office® high-frequency design software, allowing filter designs and their evolution to be part of the entire circuit design project. iFilter's physical layouts are automatically generated for distributed filters, while lumped-element filters can be realized using an extensive library of manufacturers' components (inductors, capacitors, etc.).
AWR Corp.,
El Segundo, CA
(310) 726-3000,
www.awrcorp.com
RS No. 312

Multiphysics Simulation Software
COMSOL Inc. announces that version 4.0 of its multiphysics simulation software is now shipping. First unveiled at the 2009 users conference in Boston, COMSOL Multiphysics version 4.0 features an all-new user interface that makes the power of multiphysics simulation available to a wider audience of scientists and engineers. Both expert analysts and non-experts alike will benefit from the organized layout and streamlined model-building process. Along with the release of version 4.0, COMSOL also announces the release of a series of new LiveLink™ options that tightly integrate COMSOL Multiphysics into the mainstream product design workflow. New LiveLink products are now shipping for Autodesk® Inventor®, Pro/ENGINEER®, SolidWorks® and MATLAB®.
COMSOL Inc.,
Burlington, MA
(781) 273-3322,
www.comsol.com
RS No. 313

USB Designer's Kit
The HMC-DK008 Serial/Parallel USB Interface Designer's kit has been expanded to provide a user friendly interface for programming Hittite's family of interface driver/controllers, digital attenuators and variable gain amplifiers. This kit allows the designer to set desired attenuation and gain states, toggle between serial and parallel control modes, and construct custom serially clocked input signals. The HMC-DK008 Designer's Kit includes a Serial/Parallel USB Interface Board, custom USB and ribbon cable assemblies, and software CD-ROM.
Hittite Microwave Corp.,
Chelmsford, MA
(978) 250-3343,
www.hittite.com
RS No. 316

EM Simulation
Version 5.40 of EMPIRE XCcel™ software enables one simulation job to be distributed on multiple, networked PCs. This almost infinite extension of memory-space, based on the resources of the PC-network available, increases the complexity of tasks the software can tackle, i.e. higher resolutions and/or larger dimensions. Other features of version 5.40 include: the completely automated distribution of files and data throughout the simulation run, easy configuration capability for multiple hosts, transparent job-management by visualization of configuration and processes, and performance and simulation-speed is scaled linearly with the number of PCs.
IMST GmbH,
Kamp-Lintfort, Germany
+49 2842 981 0,
www.empire.de
RS No. 317

Software for Compliant Testing
AR's SW1007 software is a standalone program that combines conducted immunity test software and radiated susceptibility test software into one user-friendly package suitable for corporate to professional test lab users. The software automatically performs both calibration and immunity testing in full compliance with IEC 61000-4-3, 4-6; MIL STD 461/462 RS103, CS114 and RTCA/DO160 Section 20 specifications. The new version has an updated user interface including a tab system and organizes all the features for quick, easy access and makes selecting test standards much easier. The SW1007 also has the ability to control more equipment and the report generating feature has been enhanced to offer more control and customization.
AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation,
Souderton, PA
(215) 723-8181,
www.ar-worldwide.com
RS No. 318

Filter Topology Solution
As a new feature in its flagship product, Filter Solutions®, Nuhertz Technologies® has introduced a solution for the synthesis of "Multiple-Band™" filter networks. The term describes the construction of a cascade of an arbitrary number of pass and stop bands in a single lumped LC, active, or digital IIR filter. This robust feature adds to the power of the versatile and unique filter solutions. The "Multiple-Band" solution solves the design problem for "N-band" filters wherein ìNî is an arbitrary integer. In network designs wherein cascades of individual passive filters are needed, the individual filters will necessarily interact, thus altering the desired network response. Such design problems are common in multiple passband VDSL or other filters used in data communications over telephone lines. The design solution synthesizes the geometric asymmetries in the various required pass and stop bands.
Nuhertz Technologies LLC,
Phoenix, AZ
(602) 279-2448,
www.nuhertz.com
RS No. 314

FilterXpress
FilterXpress does not deliver simulated filters like other programs. FilterXpress delivers thousands of real designs, real fast. Spectrum Microwave's database of thousands of Cavity, Lumped Element and Coaxial-Tubular Filters lays the groundwork for matching your unique requirements with a real filter design. By entering your filter's unique requirements, FilterXpress responds with up to 12 designs from Spectrum Microwave's exhaustive library of filter designs.
Spectrum Microwave Inc.,
State College, PA
(888) 553-7531,
www.spectrummicrowave.com
RS No. 315

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