Friday, May 31, 2013

CST interviews Dr Maciej Klemm, University of Bristol

Every year, we give the CST University Publication Award to researchers who’ve found innovative uses for CST STUDIO SUITE® in academic research. Dr Maciej Klemm, currently at the University of Bristol, UK, has won the award twice, once in 2006 as part of a group investigating antennas for body-area networks, and once in 2010 for a paper on contrast-enhanced imaging with UWB microwave radar. We spoke to him about his recent work and asked him how he uses simulation in his work.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Experience IMS with CST

With over 7500 participants at last year’s event, the IEEE MTT International Microwave Symposium (IMS) is undoubtedly one of the premier meeting places for the international microwave industry. This year, IMS will be held in Seattle from June 2-7, where industry leaders will meet to explore and discuss the latest developments in the field.

As silver sponsors of the annual event, we’re excited to be experiencing IMS with you. Join us at our booth (#1344) where we’ll be hosting sessions that present our products and their applications:

Tuesday, June 4th
  • 9:45 – 10:05 CST STUDIO SUITE® 2013 highlights
  • 10:10 – 10:30 Multiphysics workflow in CST STUDIO SUITE®
  • 15:35 – 15:55 CST STUDIO SUITE® 2013 highlights
  • 16:00 – 16:20 Antenna workflow: Synthesis, matching, installed performance

Wednesday, June 5th
  • 9:45 – 10:05 CST STUDIO SUITE® 2013 highlights
  • 10:10 – 10:30 Co-site interference and mitigation using EMIT
  • 16:20 – 16:40 CST STUDIO SUITE® 2013 highlights
  • 16:45 – 17:05 EM analysis of aircraft using composite materials and cabling

Thursday, June 6th
  • 9:45 – 10:05 CST STUDIO SUITE® 2013 highlights
  • 10:10 – 10:30 Vehicle installed antenna performance using SAVANT

Booth Party

On Wednesday June 5 from 16:20 we’ll be hosting a party at booth #1344. Join us for some finger food and refreshments and network with CST employees, users, and attendees. Tickets are required, and can be picked up at our booth.

Of course, IMS also has an extensive range of technical sessions, interactive forums, panel sessions, commercial exhibition workshops, short courses and application seminars on offer. You can download the full program here. Advanced registrations will be closing at the end of this week on May 31, so make sure you don’t miss the event by registering here.

To complement IMS’ focus to “network” and “discover”, we’ll also be updating you on CST’s involvement live throughout the event. Make sure you look out for updates on Twitter under #IMS2013 or simply follow us @CSTworld.

See you at the show!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

CST Workshop Series Tours the US

CST is going on tour. Kicking-off in Maryland and finishing in California; over the course of a month, we’ll be making stops across the United States to showcase the very latest developments in electromagnetic simulation (EM) tools.

In 1998 we released CST MICROWAVE STUDIO® for the simulation of high frequency devices. It delivered unprecedented performance in an intuitive interface, that also helped simplify the pre-and-post processing of models and results. With our CST Workshop Series, we’re showcasing how advanced virtual prototyping has become with our complete range of simulation tools in CST STUDIO SUITE® 2013.

The workshops will benefit not only CST users, but also those who want to learn more about our tools and the recent developments in EM simulation. With a live demo of CST STUDIO SUITE, participants can preview new features, smoother workflows, an intelligent configuration wizard, user-friendly interfaces, larger model capabilities and impressive speed improvements.

We’ll be hosting half-day workshops on ‘Microwaves & Antennas’ and ‘EDA & EMC’. All of the workshops are free to attend and are a great opportunity to discover the benefits of virtual prototyping for antennas or EDA and EMC analysis. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Microwave & Antenna Workshop

This workshop covers the complete antenna and system workflow, highlighting antenna synthesis, performance in isolation, matching circuit design, installed performance prediction and cosite interference analysis.

EDA & EMC Workshop

A complete PCB/package design workflow will be explored in this workshop, starting with pre-layout synthesis and followed by fast post-layout signal and power integrity analysis and full-wave extraction. EMI analysis at the system level starting with fast EMC rule-checking and simulating noise sources from the PCB will be demonstrated along with the analysis of coupling to nearby components such as heat sinks, connectors, and cables and the shielding performance of the chassis, radiated emissions and susceptibility.

Click on the links below for more information and to register online.
Tuesday May 28 - Hanover, Maryland, Microwave & Antenna
Thursday May 30 - Framingham, Massachusetts: Microwave & Antenna
Tuesday June 18 - Santa Clara, California: EDA & EMC (morning session)
Tuesday June 18 - Santa Clara, California: Microwave & Antenna (afternoon session)
Tuesday June 18 - Arlington, Texas: Microwave & Antenna
Thursday June 20 - Irvine, California: EDA & EMC (morning session)
Thursday June 20 - Irvine, California: Microwave & Antenna (afternoon session)
Thursday June 20 - Chicago, Illinois: Microwave & Antenna

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Users Collaborate at CST EUC 2013

Knowledge exchange is key to carrying out any type of work efficiently, especially when it comes to realizing the full potential of technology. With the 8th CST European User Conference (EUC), our goal remained the same as ever – bringing users from the fields of industry, research, and academia together to share insights in engineering design challenges and solutions.

EUC was held at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany from April 23-25. Users from across Europe joined specialists from CST sales, support and R&D for a series of seven technical sessions throughout a full two-day program. Some attendees came early for the pre-EUC training sessions on antennas, workflow automation, and matching circuit optimization. The CST Support Center was an added bonus for many attendees as was the industrial exhibition where a number of companies showcased their products and services (we’ll be posting up videos from the exhibitors soon).

Through user presentations, attendees benefitted by seeing how others use CST’s electromagnetic simulation software to solve their design and engineering challenges. The new features of CST STUDIO SUITE® 2013 were also put in the spotlight, with specific talks on simulation workflows, high performance computing, and the latest improvements.

Altogether, there were over 18 hours of presentations in three parallel tracks. Antenna design was a topic of major interest for our users, with four ninety minute sessions covering everything from the peculiarities of electrically small antenna design to antenna arrays for 3D radar, along with matching and optimization techniques. However, the EMC and EDA markets were also well represented by engineers presenting applications ranging from the impact of connector ground contacts on EMC emissions to train signaling system interference estimation, and our fascinating particle dynamics sessions attracted speakers using CST products to model the impedance of components in the LHC equipped with RF fingers, trapped modes in the CERN Proton Synchrotron, and CaCo and IOTs amplifiers, among other applications.

Two sessions were dedicated to the rapidly developing fields of bio-EM and terahertz devices, while the low-frequency and statics session presented the latest features for electrical and electrothermal devices in CST STUDIO SUITE. Last but not least, the session on devices gave design engineers a chance to discuss how they used simulation to help create products including diplexers, sensors and microwave ovens. As always, presentations are available online to download with the permission of their authors.

Not only were attendees able to take part in the technical program, but they were also treated to a mesmerizing social program – filled with award-winning artisans, magic, and fire! Both the technical and social events let users speak directly and informally to each other and to us, allowing new applications and techniques to be discussed, feedback on potential software issues offered, and wishes for future features shared.

We’d like to once again thank all the attendees and presenters who made the 8th European User Conference one to remember.

See you next year … in Berlin!