Friday, February 22, 2013

University Publication Award 2013: Accepting Papers

To acknowledge the importance of universities in facilitating the exchange of ideas, we launched the CST University Publication Award in 2003. The award recognizes the importance of university publications and research and commends the submissions for demonstrating the practical applications of simulation.  

The award has grown significantly since its launch, but our selection process has remained relatively consistent. Chosen papers must be authored or co-authored by academic researchers, must have been published either in scientific journals or in conference proceedings, and most importantly, papers must have used numerical results that were entirely, or in part, obtained using CST software. We evaluate the submitted papers on a number of criteria, including:

  • originality of the application and/or theory,
  • clarity of the presentation,
  • skilful use of the CST software features.

We’re now in the process of collecting all our submissions for the University Publication Award 2013 – we are accepting papers until March 31, 2013. Although the deadline is near, you still have time to send us your papers - your respective university could be awarded with an upgraded license valid for one year.

For a snapshot of winning papers, the following were selected to receive the CST University Publication Award 2012:
Short papers:
Alongside this initiative, we also offer special educational and research licenses, as well as student-friendly classroom versions of our simulation tools, providing teachers and lecturers with cutting-edge modeling and representational tools. A decade after beginning the University Publication Award, we’re glad that our close relationships with universities around the world continue.

Submission Guidelines
Universities are invited to apply for this award by sending contributions published between April 1st 2012 and March 31st 2013 in electronic format to events(at), stating the place of publication. Papers should be submitted in English.  

If you would like further information regarding our special university conditions, please contact CST.

Monday, February 18, 2013

EDACafe Interviews CST

Antonio Ciccomancinni, EDA Market Development Manager
CST has been pretty active in the Electronics/EDA sector lately. Our very own EDA market development manager, Antonio Ciccomancinni, hosted a webinar on 3D EM analysis of PCBs and packages last December, and was just recently interviewed by EDA Cafe, where he gave a preview of the improvements expected in our upcoming release of CST STUDIO SUITE® 2013.

Watch the full video here and find out what's in store...

Friday, February 8, 2013

European User Conference 2013: Keynote Speakers Announced

CST European User Conference April 23-25 2013, Stuttgart
The CST European User Conference 2013 (EUC) is just around the corner, and soon, engineers from across the continent will be exchanging ideas and listening to our keynote speakers Dr. Jan Hansen and Claus Schmiederer discuss EMC Simulation at Robert Bosch GmbH.

With a technology portfolio spanning automotives, industry, energy and construction along with a host of consumer goods, Robert Bosch GmbH is a leading global supplier of technology and services. Our keynote speakers will be giving insight into the practical applications of EMC simulation and providing guests with a user perspective that spans multiple industries.

Alongside our keynote speakers, the EUC will also include user talks and presentations, CST application and feature tutorials, and an opportunity for guests to visit the support center to exhange ideas and talk with CST's own simulation experts about future developments and CST STUDIO SUITE® 2013.

Like last year's presentations, the technical sessions will explore different aspects of electromagnetic design and development, including filter design, MRI, antennas, EDA/PCB, and EMC. The pre-EUC program consists of the following sessions:
  1. Optimization of Antenna Circuits
  2. Antenna Design System using Antenna Magus and CST STUDIO SUITE
  3. Automating Workflows in CST STUDIO SUITE (VBA, System Assembly Modeling)
  4. Rule-checking for Printed Circuit Boards
We're still accepting contributions for presentations until February 28, 2013. For those who would like to share their experiences of CST products, CST honors your contribution with a 50% discount on the attendance fee.

Get more details and register online, we'll be happy to see you there!

**Update 9/4/2013** Technical program now available.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

EMC Design Rules Explored

"EMC design for PCBs using a rules based approach" workshop
On February 5 in Santa Clara, CA, more than 100 engineers and managers from hardware companies across Silicon Valley attended our one-day workshop, "EMC design for PCBs using a rules based approach". 

Dr. Bruce Archambeault, IEEE fellow and IBM Distinguished Engineer gave a very well received presentation on the topic and some useful background on the fundamental physics involved.

Richard Sjiariel presented CST's new product CST BOARDCHECK™, which offers a rapid solution for checking PCBs and critical nets for rules violations.

We were happy to see a number of people interested in taking a closer look at the new software and we look forward to showing customers the design benefits of this approach over the coming months.

We will often be holding events that keep you informed of technological developments. To stay up-to-date of upcoming training sessions or workshops, visit our Events page.  

EDI CON 2013: Gathering Design Engineers

Design engineers and system integrators will be gathering at the Beijing International Convention Center from March 12-14 for the Electronic Design Innovation Conference (EDI CON) and, as an official gold sponsor of the event, CST will be there too.

You can take a sneak peek at the conference program which includes a CST workshop on 'Integrated Antenna Design for a GSM Tracking Device' and a technical paper on 'Signal Lines to Power Plane Coupling Caused by Common Mode Current in High Speed SerDes Interconnect Design.'

The technical conference and exhibition will allow attendees to learn about the latest challenges and solutions in the RF, microwave, EMC/EMI and high-speed electronics industries. Guests of EDICON will be able to meet leading technologists and product specialists and find out about practical engineering solutions, emerging technologies and enhancing physical design.

As gold sponsors, CST has the opportunity to invite customers as special VIP guests, giving them full access to the conference, networking reception, exhibitions, plenary sessions, workshops and expert panels. 
Peer-reviewed technical presentations will address topics like:
  • High-speed digital design
  • Data conversion
  • GaN
  • GaAs and RF CMOS semiconductors
  • Envelope tracking and pre-distortion linearization
  • MIMO over-the-air testing
  • Carrier aggregation
We only have a few special VIP guest passes to give away, but we’re looking forward to meeting many of you there. For more information on how you can be one of our special guests, e-mail us directly: events (at)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Finding Solutions at DesignCon

CST at DesignCon 2013
We're back from DesignCon 2013 and are excited to see that interest in simulation has soared this year. There was a record crowd of engineers at our booth all looking for solutions to complex signal and power integrity issues or EMC related concerns. CST’s breadth of technology seemed to be of great interest and now we look forward to many follow-ups over the next few weeks to help companies get to the bottom of some really tough design problems.

As part of the conference, CST sponsored a 75 minute tutorial session looking at advances in 3D SI simulation of interconnects across chip, package and board. This attracted a capacity audience of around 150 people. In addition, CST was involved in some of the main conference tracks including a presentation together with Siemens looking at Power-Integrity Issues between power planes and power planes & traces and a presentation with Intel on Modeling and Optimization of High-Speed Interconnects for Signal and Power Integrity.

DesignCon is all about finding solutions for increasingly fast data through various channels. CST’s advanced EDA import filters, powerful time-domain and PI solvers, and advanced interface and workflow solutions as well as high performance computing options make traditionally difficult simulations or optimizations in multi-way interconnect, multilayer stack ups, complex backplanes, PCB/package EMI, enclosures, or even the complete chip/package/board channel light work.

Usability and workflow take a big step forward in version 2013 of CST STUDIO SUITE®, shipping in the Spring - stay tuned!