Design Environment: RF/Microwave EDA Software Suite

National Instruments (formerly AWR Corporation)NI

The NI AWR Design Environment product portfolio consists of high-frequency design environments that embrace system simulation (Visual System Simulator™) and circuit simulation (Microwave Office), as well as electromagnetic analysis (AXIEM and Analyst™). The "registration-required" download site provides access to software downloads, documentation and design examples.

Accepted trial requests provide an immediate 7-day license, access to support services and training videos, and an opportunity to extend to a 30-day trial pending company approval.


Altair HyperWorks

FEKO is a comprehensive computational electromagnetics (CEM) software used widely in the telecommunications, automotive, aerospace and defense industries and offers several frequency and time domain EM solvers under a single license.  By offering a selection of different solvers, FEKO users can choose the method that is most suitable to the problem that they are trying to solve, or use more than one solver for cross validation purposes (license required).

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Flux OverviewAltair HyperWorks

Flux is a leading software for electromagnetic and thermal simulations and has become a reference for the high accuracy it delivers. This versatile, efficient and user-friendly tool generates optimized and high-performance products in less time with fewer prototypes. Open and intuitive, Flux can be easily included in the design workflow to deliver reliable analysis results. With the most advanced numerical methods available, it deals with complex modeling situations (license required).

Sonnet Suites™



Sonnet Suites provides high accuracy EM analysis to thousands of companies across the globe. Many major manufacturers of high-frequency components and boards depend on Sonnet to analyze their predominantly planar high-frequency designs from 1 MHz through several THz. Sonnet also provides a free feature-limited version of their software, Sonnet Lite™.

Free Trial Available

µWave Wizard™Mician

Mician Inc.

µWave Wizard is a full wave EM software suite for developing passive RF networks. Included are synthesis tools for filters, transitions, reflector assemblies and horn feeds. A unique combination of hybrid solver technology and three built-in optimizers using Mode Matching, 2D/3D FEM and Spherical Wave Expansion algorithms guarantees fast simulations and accurate results.

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ANSYS HFSS software simulates high-frequency electromagnetic fields based on finite element, integral equation, asymptotic and advanced hybrid methods to address a wide range of microwave, RF and high-speed digital applications.

License Required

Maxwell ANSYS


ANSYS Maxwell is electromagnetic field simulation software for the design and analysis of electric motors, actuators, sensors, transformers and other electromagnetic and electromechani­cal devices. It characterizes the nonlinear, transient motion of electromechanical components and their effects on the drive circuit and control system design.

License Required

Q3D Extractor


ANSYS Q3D Extractor performs 3D and 2D quasi-static electromagnetic field simulations for the extraction of RLCG parameters from an interconnect structure and generates an equivalent SPICE model. It can be used to perform signal integrity analysis to study electromagnetic phenomena, such as crosstalk, ground bounce, interconnect delays and ringing, to understand the performance of interconnects, IC packages, connectors, PCB’s, bus bars and cables.

License Required

CST Studio Suite

SIMULA, Dassault SystèmesCST

The electromagnetic simulation software CST Studio Suite consists of tools for the design and optimization of devices operating in a wide range of frequencies. Analyses may include thermal and mechanical effects, as well as circuit simulation.

CST Studio Suite comprises the following modules:

  • CST MICROWAVE STUDIO® (CST MWS) performs 3D simulation of high frequency devices, enabling the analysis of antennas, filters, couplers, planar and multi-layer structures and SI and EMC effects etc.
  • CST EM STUDIO® (CST EMS) is used for the design and analysis of static and low frequency EM applications such as motors, sensors, actuators, transformers and shielding enclosures.
  • CST PARTICLE STUDIO® (CST PS) is for the simulation of free moving charged particles. Applications include electron guns, cathode ray tubes, magnetrons and wake fields.
  • CST CABLE STUDIO® (CST CS) is for the simulation of signal integrity and EMC/EMI analysis of cable harnesses.
  • CST PCB STUDIO® (CST PCBS) is for the simulation of signal integrity and EMC/EMI on printed circuit boards.
  • CST MPHYSICS® STUDIO (CST MPS) is for thermal and mechanical stress analysis.
  • CST DESIGN STUDIO™ (CST DS) facilitates 3D EM/circuit co-simulation and synthesis.

License Required

EMPro 3D EM Simulation Software Keysight

Keysight Technologies

Electromagnetic Professional (EMPro) is an electromagnetic (EM) simulation software design platform for analyzing the 3D EM effects of components such as high-speed and RF IC packages, bondwires, antennas, on-chip and off-chip embedded passives and PCB interconnects. It integrates with Keysight’s Advanced Design System (ADS) for RF and microwave circuit design.

Free Trial Available


Electromechanical Simulation Software EMS

EMS is a 3D electromagnetic field simulator software suite, based on the finite element method. Currently, it is the only electromagnetic Add-in to SolidWorks®. It computes electric, magnetic, mechanical, and thermal parameters including, force, torque, magnetic flux density, magnetic field, electric field, electric flux, current flow, eddy current, inductance, capacitance, resistance, flux linkage, core loss, saturation, induced voltage, force density, power loss, temperature, temperature gradient, heat flux and more.

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High Frequency Simulation Software HFWorks

HFWorks is a 3D field simulator for RF/Microwave and Wireless applications, based on the inite element method. Currently, it is the only high frequency electromagnetic Add-in to SolidWorks®.  It covers a wide range of applications such as dielectric resonators, high-Q filters, oscillators, tuning elements, matching circuits, waveguide twists and bends, waveguide tees, directional couplers, isolators, circulators, attenuators, antennas and feeds, accelerators, connectors, IC packages, RF coils, EMI emissions, EMC coupling, RF MEMS, chip-package-boards, PCBs, etc.

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Analyst 3D FEM Electromagnetic (EM) Analysis


Analyst™ is the arbitrary 3D finite element method EM simulation and analysis software within the NI AWR Design Environment platform to accelerate high-frequency product development from early physical design characterization through to full 3D EM verification. 

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NI/AWRAnalyst-MP 3D Multi-Physics Analysis 


Analyst-MP™ is an expanded technology suite of Analyst™ 3D FEM EM simulation and analysis software.  Analyst-MP targets big, multi-physics (MP) applications like particle accelerators, waveguides and complex resonators.

License Required

AXIEM 3D Planar Electromagnetic (EM) Analysis


AXIEM is the 3D planar electromagnetic (EM) analysis software found within the NI AWR Design Environment platform. It addresses passive structures, transmission lines, large planar antenna and patch array problems. 

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Momentum 3D Planar EM Simulator Keysight

Keysight Technologies 

Momentum is a 3D planar electromagnetic (EM) simulator used for passive circuit modeling and analysis. It accepts arbitrary design geometries (including multi-layer structures) and uses frequency-domain Method of Moments (MoM) technology to accurately simulate complex EM effects including coupling and parasitics.

Free Trial Available

COMSOL Multiphysics®COMSOL


The RF Module, an add-on product to the COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation software, enables engineers to analyze RF, microwave, mmWave and THz designs in multiphysics scenarios. To virtually recreate the real-world designers can include any number of physics such as heat transfer and structural deformation, for example, all within the same software environment.

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XFdtd® 3D EM Simulation Software provides engineers with powerful tools to shorten development time and release products to market sooner. A full-featured electromagnetic simulation solver, XF outpaces other methods in efficiency as the number of unknowns increases. XF includes full-wave, static, bio-thermal, optimization, and circuit solvers to tackle a wide variety of applications, including antenna design, microwave, mobile device, automotive radar, and more.  It also works with Remcom’s ray-tracing products to provide thorough simulation capability at the low-, middle-, and high-end of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Wireless InSite®


Wireless InSite® 3D Wireless Prediction Software is a suite of ray-tracing models and high-fidelity EM solvers for the analysis of site-specific radio wave propagation and wireless communication systems. The software provides efficient and accurate predictions of EM propagation and communication channel characteristics in complex urban, indoor, rural and mixed path environments. Wireless InSite's unique MIMO capability simulates the detailed multipath of large numbers of MIMO channels while overcoming the limitations of traditional methods. With optimizations that minimize runtime and memory constraints, Wireless InSite efficiently simulates even the large arrays present in Massive MIMO systems.

Rotman Lens Designer®


Rotman Lens Designer® (RLD) is a software tool for the design, synthesis, and analysis of Rotman Lenses and their variants. It is intended for rapid development and analysis of Rotman Lenses given several physical and electrical input parameters. RLD generates the proper lens contours, transmission line geometry, absorptive port (dummy port) geometry, provides an approximate analysis of performance, and generates geometry files for import into Remcom's XFdtd® for further analysis and fabrication.



XGtd® is a general-purpose ray-based electromagnetic analysis tool for far zone radiation, RCS, and EMI/EMC for electrically large platforms. XGtd uses Geometric Optics and the Uniform Geometrical Theory of Diffraction (GTD/UTD) to assess the effects of a vehicle or vessel on antenna radiation, estimate radar cross section (RCS), and predict radiated fields, scattering, and coupling between antennas. XGtd includes a number of capabilities that extend well beyond standard ray-tracing codes to provide high-fidelity output products.


MiG Microwave Innovation GroupWASP-NET

WASP-NET’s hybrid multi-solver EM CAD and optimization technique uniquely combines modematching (MM) speed with finite-element (FE) flexibility (extended by FE-BI) and method-ofmoment (MoM) radiation computation efficiency (accelerated by FMM, DDM, AIM, PTD, PO, SBR). Benefits for users are extremely high calculation speed, complete 3D structure flexibility and fullwave accuracy for efficiently optimizing all kind of passive microwave components, antennas and arrays including feed-networks, directly on rigorous EM level. User-friendly design wizards (e.g. for filters, horns, reflector antennas, slot arrays, etc.) and a comprehensive designer data base assist users getting quick results. WASP-NET is acknowledged by market leaders worldwide since more than 25 years for solving challenging EM design problems by fast optimizations.