Friday, April 24, 2015

Girls’ Day at CST

Girls' Day 2015
Great ideas can come from anywhere. At CST, we believe that the diversity of our support and development teams is a key part of our success and innovation. As a result, we are always happy to support programs to encourage girls to study the STEM subjects (that’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Every year, in Germany, tech and engineering firms are invited to take part in Girls’ Day, and present their work to female students, in order to to introduce girls to job profiles which are typically dominated by men. As part of this year’s Girls’ Day, twelve young girls aged 12 to 14 visited our Darmstadt office yesterday to participate in CST's "Girls' Day" event.

We prepared a program to demonstrate the excitement of electrical engineering. After being introduced to the basic principles of electromagnetics and the purpose of simulation, the girls had the chance work hands-on with their own simulation, which they mastered very well!

After that, we talked about the daily tasks of an Application Engineer at CST, before astonishing the girls with some very cool simulation models of gadgets from the real world.

Girls' Day ended with a joint lunch and both the girls and their hosts were really happy with the experience they had made during the day.

We hope that we were able to pass on our excitement for engineering and for EM simulation in particular, and we’re looking forward to Girls' Day 2016!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thoughts from the CST Korean User Conference 2015

Attending the CST Korean User Conference 2015

Last week, on April 9th the annual CST Korean User Conference took place. For me, it was the 7th consecutive visit to this event, so speaking there feels like being home. I have been supporting CST’s Korea office already for many years. The ratio of EMC interested users in Korea is pretty high and it is good to see that many of the top-notch electronic companies use our technology. This year more than 130 users joined the event.

My presentation was about the 3D EMC simulation. I started with simple examples of emission from differential lines and increased the complexity of the models in the course of the presentation. After showing the emission from realistic differential pairs on a PCB, I talked about the simulation of an enclosure. In the last part of my talk I explained how to simulate conducted emission from a PWM driven motor control. At least for me, it seemed like these were topics that resonated with the audience.

In the afternoon, Korean users were presenting their applications. There were two MW&RF oriented talks. One was about the simulation of a 24 GHz automotive radar system and one about how to model LTE channel switching by a matching network in Design Studio. Two other talks concentrated on EMC issues of cables in consumer electronics. Both speakers showed emission results from USB and HDMI cables connected to a PCB.

Another interesting point to note about CST STUDIO SUITE usage in Korea is the widespread of GPU based acceleration among the users there. In no other region of the world I have seen so many complex models run on machines equipped with 4 GPUs. So, if you also want to speed up your simulation, consider accelerating it with a GPU.

In a week we will have the European User Conference in Darmstadt. Let’s see what is new among European users.

Andreas Barchanski,
Market Development Manager for EMC, CST