Friday, October 20, 2017

A look back at European Microwave Week 2017

A heart for modelers
This year's European Microwave Week, which ran from October 8-13 was a wonderful success. One of the highlights was our ever popular CST Modeling Challenge. This year, we asked attendees to model and simulate a simple waveguide filter. We were impressed with the entrants’ work, and surprised by the interest – our computers were often all in use. Everyone who successfully completed the challenge received the classic Nuremberg delicacy: a lebkuchen (gingerbread) heart and were entered into a raffle to win prizes at our booth party.

CST Modeling Challenge in action!
CST and Rohde & Schwarz
Measurement Meet Simulation demonstration.

Exploring Wi-Fi signals in a bus with VR
We partnered with Rohde & Schwarz to provide demonstrations in the CST lab on the finer details working with both EM simulation and measurement, providing a preview of the joint "Measurement Meet Simulation" workshops we run.







The CST booth also featured a demonstration with virtual reality glasses that gave people the chance to see EM fields in 3D and explore them digitally. With VR, people could see Wi-Fi  signals propagating through a bus and see how signals can jump from one PCB trace to another causing crosstalk. We had a great deal of fun meeting old friends and new who came to try for themselves.








The CST careers booth was well attended and our HR staff were on hand to talk to attendees interested in joining the CST team.









The lucky draw marked the end of our modeling challenge

On Wednesday afternoon, we held our booth party and the winners of the Modeling Challenge were announced and picked up their prizes from Samsung, Bang & Olufsen and Bose. The party featured local food and drinks and was well attended.

















Wednesday, October 18, 2017

What's on next week: October 23-29
















Next week, CST will present two fascinating webinars on Tuesday and Thursday. Register today to learn from CST experts as they walk you through simulation strategies and analysis. We will also be attending several exhibitions, including the IME/China in Shanghai. Read on for the details on where you can meet us and learn with us.

Webinars

RF Co-Site Interference Simulation in Complex Electromagnetic Environments

October 24th 2017
08:00 PDT (UTC -07:00)
Approx. 60 min

In this webinar, we will demonstrate how a 3D full-wave simulation can be used to analyze the antenna to antenna coupling for an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The coupling data will then be used to estimate possible RF interference using one of the newer products of CST STUDIO SUITE: The CST Interference Task. With this new system-level tool, RF systems can be defined to analyze inter-system coupling. The analysis delivers the possible occurrence of RF interference at a glance. The interference task is fully integrated into the CST design environment, making it easy to run different scenarios and test mitigation strategies after the detection of possible interference.
Register here

Automotive Radar SimulationWebinar Series 2017

October 26th 2017
17:00 CEST (UTC +02:00)
Approx. 60 min

Automotive radar is becoming increasingly important for car designers, due to the huge role it plays in securing and ensuring the driver’s safety. In this webinar, we will show how CST STUDIO SUITE can be used to perform and study all of the design stages of automotive radars, starting from the basic element which is the antenna, through its integration inside a radome, to actually placing and calibrating the whole package inside the car, using CST Complete Technology’s versatility and solver diversity.
Register here

Exhibitions

Radar 2017 

Belfast, United Kingdom
Oct 23rd-26th, 2017

RADAR 2017 is the world’s premier international conference making a welcome return to the UK and the vibrant city of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The conference focuses on the challenging topics of radar theory and applications covering many aspects of radar systems for defence, security and civilian applications.

Space Tech Expo Europe 2017 

Bremen, Germany
Oct 24th-26th, 2017

The free-to-attend Space Tech Expo & Conference is Europe's meeting place for space business, technology & innovation. The three-day trade fair will showcase the latest from technical designers, sub-system suppliers, manufacturers and components through the systems integrators for civil, military and commercial space.Visit us at booth #F72

IME/China 2017

Shanghai, China
Oct 25th-27th, 2017

China International Conference & Exhibition on Microwave and Antenna (IME/China), which is one of the largest and most influential Microwave and Antenna exhibition in China, will be a good platform and channel for technical exchanges, business cooperation and trade promotion between global Microwave and Antenna products & technology suppliers and Chinese Microwave and Antenna customers. IME/China is a must-attend event for design engineers, technical managers and purchasing executives in China.

Visit us at booth #A082

CST Automotive Conference 2017 preview: An interview with Matthias Tröscher

We spoke with Matthias Tröscher, one of the primary organizers of the CST Automotive Conference to discuss this year's event which will take place November 14th at the Audi Forum in Neckarsulm, Germany. If you are interested in attending, you can register here.

What are the goals of the 2017 Automotive Conference?

Automotive Conference 2015- Munich
There are several key goals of this conference. First, we want to provide a forum for decision makers and engineers in the automotive industry who are dealing with electromagnetic simulation to concentrate on simulation techniques and simulation applications.
We are also seeking to bring together both OEMs and tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers in a neutral environment to facilitate mutual discussion and knowledge exchange.
This conference will combine all EM simulation related topics in a single conference: from DC / low frequency up to high-speed design and radar applications. We have presentations that discuss the complete value-added chain: from IC and package to PCB, connector, cable, and antenna and finally to the entire vehicle in its (electromagnetic) environment.
There will be a focus on Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), autonomous driving, electric vehicles, connected vehicles, and electronic components and we will show state-of-the-art EM simulation, demonstrate best practices and highlight improvements from recent years.
Attendees will be able to talk with experts and presenters from various world-leading automotive companies and learn from them how they use EM software in their processes. We will have a panel discussion with representatives from OEMs and suppliers on how much simulation cooperation is required between the parties.
Automotive Conference 2015- Munich

What are you most excited about at this year’s conference?

I’m particularly excited about this year’s keynote speeches from Audi (representing the OEMs), TE Connectivity (an important tie-in auto industry as connector manufacturer) and Dassault Systèmes (demonstrating the vision of simulation in Transportation and Mobility industries).
For the first time, the conference will feature a combination of EM simulation and mechanical simulation of electric vehicles (Vibro-Acoustic Simulation of Electric Powertrain) and we plan to include more in future conferences.
We have 21+ high-quality technical presentations from more than 15 different companies and academic institutions; including a plenary talk presented by BMW on the democratization of EM simulation which will be followed by panel discussion on how to achieve this between OEMs and suppliers.

Why should people choose this conference and who should consider coming?

This conference is mainly concentrating on electromagnetic simulation in automotive industry, so we welcome all people who are working in this field. I’d encourage people to attend because there is no other entirely open conference with similar content right now.
Attendees get a comprehensive overview of the field condensed into one day about all the relevant aspects of electromagnetic simulation on the component level as well as for full vehicles.

Register today to save your place at the CST Automotive Conference!

Matthias Tröscher
Business Development Manager
Germany, Austria & Switzerland

Friday, October 13, 2017

Student Contest – Gesponsert durch das deutsche Chapter der IEEE EMC Society.

Das Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) ist mit derzeit 360.000 Mitgliedern das weltweit größte Netzwerk von Wissenschaftlern und Ingenieuren und in rund 150 Ländern vertreten. Einer der Schwerpunkte der IEEE liegt in der Organisation und Unterstützung von Weiterbildungsmaßnahmen sowie dem fachlichen Austausch zwischen Hochschulen und Industrie.
Das Deutsche IEEE EMC Chapter trägt mit zahlreichen Aktivitäten dazu bei und hat mit freundlicher Unterstützung von Dr.-Ing. Mathias Magdowski von der Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg einen Student Contest entwickelt. Ziel ist die Entwicklung eines Simulationsmodells (Ersatzschaltbild) eines einphasigen Netzfilters für einen Küchenmixer. Teilnahmeberechtigt sind alle Studierenden der Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik oder ähnlicher Fachrichtungen, die noch keinen Master- oder Diplomabschluss besitzen.

Die zwei besten Einreichungen erhalten eine namentliche Auszeichnung durch das IEEE German EMC Chapter mit Urkundenverleihung auf der Internationalen Fachmesse und Kongress für Elektromagnetische Verträglichkeit Düsseldorf 2018. Weitere Details zu den Student Contest mit der konkreten Aufgabenstellung finden sich unter diesem Link: http://sites.ieee.org/germany-emc/research/student-contests/

Matthias Tröscher
Business Development Manager
Germany, Austria & Switzerland

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

What's on next week: October 9-15


What a week we have coming up! With both European Microwave Week and our Asean User Conference, we are excited to see many of you in person. EUMW features our modeling challenge, a virtual reality experience, plus conference talks from CST experts and demonstrations on measurement and simulation. See you next week!

Webinars

CubeSat Antenna Design 

For CubeSats, antenna size and weight is a critical factor for RF performance, structural considerations, aerodynamic and thermal performance. This webinar reviews modern trends of antennas on CubeSats, demonstrating how software tools such as Antenna Magus and CST STUDIO SUITE can be used to address antenna design challenges.

Register here


Exhibitions 

EuMW 2017

Nuremberg, Germany
8th - 13th October 2017

CST will be exhibiting at European Microwave Week in Nuremburg, Germany at booth #105. In addition, CST staff will be presenting talks at the conference. Come by to discuss your simulation requirements and to see the benefits EM simulation offers in microwave and RF design.

Modeling Challenge

In the CST Modeling Challenge, participants are asked to design and optimize a filter. All successful entrants will receive a Lebkuchen heart- a local Nuremburg delicacy – and will be entered into a prize draw, with the results announced on Wednesday at 16:30. For those who want to fine-tune their skills in advance, students can download a copy of CST STUDIO SUITE Student Edition.

Conference Talks

CST staff and customers will be giving talks throughout the conference. CST highlights at the conference are:

WS-15, The Basics of Traveling Wave Tube Amplifiers: “Traveling Wave Tube Design with Simulation” with Monika Balk 

4:55pm-5:40pm
Sunday, October 8th
Room Neu Delhi 

EuMC46-1, Industrial Session Keynote:“Multi-Scale Electromagnetic Simulation from Component to System Level” with Timo Euler

10:50am-11:10am
Thursday, October 12th
Room Prag

Measurement & Simulation

Although often thought of as competing, measurement and simulation can complement each other, allowing deeper and more accurate analysis of devices and systems. Staff from the CST lab, in collaboration with Rohde + Schwarz, will be on hand to demonstrate how measurement and simulation work together.

Virtual Reality

At the virtual reality demo, you can enter the simulation and explore in 3D. Whether investigating wifi coverage or walking along the traces of a PCB, virtual reality offers an intuitive, immersive way to understand simulation.


EPEPS 2017 

San Jose, United States 
15th - 18th October 2017

EPEPS is one of the premier international conference on advanced and emerging issues in electrical modeling, analysis and design of electronic interconnections, packages and systems. It also focuses on new methodologies and design techniques for evaluating and ensuring signal, power and thermal integrity in high-speed designs. EPEPS is sponsored by the IEEE Electronics Packaging Society.

Workshops

EMC Measurement and Simulation

CST and Rohde & Schwarz
10th October 2017
Lisbon, Portugal

CST and Rohde & Schwarz, would like to invite you to attend joint workshop titled "EMC Measurement and Simulation". The workshop will be hosted at ISQ's (Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade) Auditório. This 1 day workshop includes both a hands-on session as well as presentations aimed to give engineers an insight on how to achieve accurate simulations and show best practice guidelines to getting better measurements. Focus of the afternoon sessions will be on measurement and simulation advantages for tackling emissions problems of electronic devices.


CST ASEAN User Conference 2017

11th October 2017
Singapore, Singapore

Join us for an exciting opportunity to learn about the latest developments in 3D electromagnetic simulation. The CST ASEAN User Conference 2017 will give design and research engineers an insight into the latest 3D simulation technology for designing electromagnetic components and systems using CST STUDIO SUITE® 2017. It will include presentations as well as live software demos that will be beneficial for both novice and experienced users.



Monday, September 25, 2017

CST STUDIO SUITE and GPU computing

The high memory bandwidth and parallel processing abilities of GPU cards mean that
GPU computing can provide significant simulation speed advantages over conventional
CPU computing. CST STUDIO SUITE® supports GPU computing in the transient solver,
integral equation solver, asymptotic solver, particle-in-cell (PIC) solver, and in the new conjugated heat transfer solver using NVIDIA Tesla® or high-end Quadro GPU cards.

All GPU-capable solvers now support the newest generation Pascal series Tesla cards which are dedicated for server-class systems; selected Quadro cards are supported for workstations. 

The GPU cards of the Pascal generation (Tesla P100 and Quadro GP100) offer an impressive speed-up over the high-end models of the previous Kepler series generation as the following diagram shows

What makes the performance improvement as compared to CPU even more impressive is the fact that the speedup numbers in the diagram are achieved when comparing to a really high end CPU configuration with dual Xeon Gold 6148 CPUs. Thus, the new Pascal generation is nowadays the recommended platform for GPU computing with CST STUDIO SUITE.      


Please see our list of supported GPU cards for a complete overview of GPU devices supported by CST STUDIO SUITE.
Due to the very good scalability of our GPU implementations with the number of GPU devices, simulations can be accelerated even further by adding more GPU cards to a host system as the following diagram shows for a transient simulation with 82 million mesh cells. The reference is again provided by a system with dual Xeon Gold 6148 CPUs.





Dr.-Ing. Felix WOLFHEIMER
Manager for High Performance Computing 
CST-Computer Simulation Technology












Thursday, September 21, 2017

What's on next week: September 25-October 1


Next week, there are many opportunities to learn with CST, whether you attend our webinar on Gyrotron Simulation online or join us in Darmstadt for a day-long workshop on Photonics, both of which take place on Thursday. We will also be attending several exhibitions at which you can meet CST experts in person. We're also gearing up for European Microwave Week and the rest of our webinar series which runs until December with new webinars every Thursday.

Webinar

Gyrotron Simulation

September 28th
17:00 CEST
Duration: 60 min


Register here

A gyrotron is typically challenging to simulate in 3D, as they often are electrically large. High-performance computing using one or multiple graphics processing Units (GPU) can accelerate simulations significantly and make the 3D Particle in Cell (PIC) simulation of a gyrotron a viable proposition. A brief introduction will be given of a gyrotron working at the fundamental frequency, but the focus of the webinar will be a simulation of a gyrotron operating at 2nd harmonic frequency. The B-field can be reduced by a factor of 2, but this operation is sensitive in both the physical domain and in simulation. This webinar shows aspects to keep in mind when setting up the simulation and explains the differences between simulation and measurements.

Exhibitions 

NVEC 2017

September 26th 
Huddersfield , United Kingdom

NVEC represents the national UK meeting for early career researchers and PHD students in the area of Vacuum Electronics, giving researchers an opportunity to network and discuss their research with other researchers and experts from around the country.

Coiltech 2017 

Pordenone, Italy 
 27th - 28th September 

Coiltech is one of the fastest-growing international Coil Winding exhibition. It's focused on materials, machinery and equipment for the production and the maintenance of electric motors, generators and alternators as well as power distribution, industrial trasformers and coils in general.

Workshops

Optical Workshop

CST Workshop Series 2017

September 28th  
Darmstadt, Germany

Join us for an exciting opportunity to learn about the latest developments in 3D electromagnetic simulation for optical application and to meet other researchers working in this field.

This workshop is part of the CST® Workshop Series 2017 which will give design and research engineers an insight into CST STUDIO SUITE® 2017 and a preview on CST STUDIO SUITE® 2018. Both novice as well as experienced users will benefit from presentations and live software demos.

We will mainly focus on the analysis of optical devices, such as photonic integrated circuit (PIC) components, photonic crystals (PC), and plasmonic devices.

The workshop will be held in English.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Support of Intel Omni-Path HPC Interconnect

The Transient Solver is one of the flagship solvers of CST STUDIO SUITE®, and with MPI computing it can be used to simulate electrically very large and complex models efficiently – for example: lightning strike, large antenna arrays, or antenna placement. Typically, the solver loop/solver run is where most of the computational time is spent during a transient simulation. MPI computing allows the computational workload of a large model to be split across computer cluster with a high-speed interconnect. CST STUDIO SUITE 2017 adds support for Intel’s new Omni-Path HPC interconnect. The picture shows the strong scaling of the transient solver loop on cluster system consisting of dual Intel® Xeon E5-2697A v4 processors, 64GB RAM per node, and an Intel® Omni-Path interconnect. The model size is 200 million mesh cells.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

What's on next week: September 11-17



Our 2017 webinar series is finally here! Next week, we'll kick off with a webinar on CST Filter Design Technology. Be sure to check out the full roster of webinars, there's sure to be many that you won't want to miss. We'll be at several shows including the ever exciting PCB West in Santa Clara, California.

Webinar

Overview of CST Filter Design Technology
September 14th 

Modern communication systems are becoming increasingly demanding on the use of the frequency spectrum. In order to deal with stringent spectrum specifications, filters are required. The design and analysis of such devices can be challenging and simulation can play a vital part in the development process.
In this webinar, we will give an overview of the different capabilities that CST STUDIO SUITE offers for filter design. We will discuss the various tools that can be used for synthesis and tuning, as well as the multiphysics simulation that is required for power handling analysis.

Exhibitions 

UCMMT 2017 

Liverpool, United Kingdom 
11th - 13th September 2017

UCMMT was created in 2008 to stimulate and strengthen scientific collaboration and knowledge and cultural exchange. The workshops are held yearly, alternating between Europe and China.

ICOLSE 2017

Nagoya, Japan 
13th - 15th September 2017

The International Conference on Lightning & Static Electricity is a biennial conference with the aim bringing together experts from all fields on the subject of lightning and static electric. It is concerned with all aspects of lightning interaction with ground, air and sea systems. Papers will be presented that contain original material to promote discussion at all levels and address problems of present and future technologies. Visit us at the CST booth.

PCB West 2017 

Santa Clara, United States
13th September 2017

Since 1991, PCB West has been the place designers, fabricators and assemblers have gathered to exchange ideas and learn better ways to make printed circuit boards. Join the nearly 2,000 other industry professionals in Santa Clara, CA on September 12 - 14, 2017, for the highly acclaimed PCB West, the Silicon Valley's largest event for the PCB industry. Featuring a one-day exhibition and three-day technical conference, PCB West brings together the entire PCB industry to take advantage of unique opportunities to improve skills, increase knowledge and network with peers, colleagues and experts.Visit us at booth #602

Training

CST STUDIO SUITE - EMC/EMI Training

12th - 13th September 2017
Dolni Brezany, Czech Republic

Develop your potential with CST EMC STUDIO®, a CST® software package of CST STUDIO SUITE solvers dedicated to electromagnetic simulation of EMC applications.The CST STUDIO SUITE® EMC/EMI training course consists of 2 full days. We recommend that you participate in both days in order to benefit from the complete range of intensive application based exercises which will be carried out over the two-day period. This training class is intended for Engineers involved in electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), electromagnetic interference (EMI), electrostatic discharge (ESD), electromagnetic environmental effects (E3) and antenna integration.

Depending on the language preferences of the registrants, this workshop may be held in English or Czech.

CST STUDIO SUITE - Microwave and Antenna Training

12th - 13th September 2017Dolni Brezany, Czech Republic

Develop your potential with CST MICROWAVE STUDIO® (CST MWS®), a CST® software package of CST STUDIO SUITE® dedicated to electromagnetic simulation of high-frequency applications.Improve your performance with our hands-on training course. The full CST STUDIO SUITE Microwave & Antenna Training course consists of 2 full days. It is helpful to be familiar with the Getting Started manual. The training course is focused on modeling and solver overview and concentrates on antenna simulation.

Depending on the language preferences of the registrants, this workshop may be held in English or Czech.


Monday, September 4, 2017

Performance of CST STUDIO SUITE® Solvers on new Intel Xeon Scalable Processor

The new Intel Xeon Scalable Processor (also known as “Skylake”) improves the memory bandwidth and compute power (core count) significantly compared to the previous generation (Broadwell). This means that computationally-demanding and memory-intensive algorithms both benefit from the enhancements of the new CPU generation. CST has performed benchmarking on a system equipped with dual Xeon Gold 6148 CPUs and has seen performance improvements for a broad range of applications and solvers when comparing to a system with dual Xeon E5-2697 v4 CPUs as shown in the picture below.













To learn more about CST STUDIO SUITE®, see our website.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What's on next week: September 4th-10th



Next week we are exhibiting at EMC Europe, and URSI Cartagena, both exhibitions should be fascinating and as always, the best part is when we get to meet with CST users so be sure to find us on the exhibition floor! For those of you on the west coast of the USA, we are hosting a dedicated antenna simulation workshop in Santa Clara, California on September 7th.
We will also host a Czech-language workshop on the 5th and 6th which will be focused on measurement of vector network analyzers. We look forward to seeing many familiar faces at all of these events.

Exhibitions

EMC Europe 2017 
Angers, France
4th - 8th September 2017

EMC Europe 2017 focuses on the high quality of scientific and technical contributions as well as the fruitfulness of exchanges among EMC researchers and practitioners from all over the world, in a spirit of openness and conviviality. The conference will cover the whole spectrum of EMC topics, including emerging trends. Special sessions, workshops, tutorials and a large exhibition will be organized along with regular sessions.


URSI Cartagena 2017 
Cartagena, Spain
6th - 8th September 2017

The XXXII Simposium de la Unión Científica Internacional de Radio (URSI) will take place from 6th to 8th of September 2017, in Cartagena, Spain. The URSI annually brings together more than two hundred researchers, professionals and students from the field of Information Technology and Communications (ICT) in order to present their research and technological development work in areas like Wireless and Mobile Communications, Antennas, Fotonoic and Optical Communications, Electromagnetism, Radioastronomy, Satellite Communications and a lot more.
The Symposium has been celebrating uninterruptedly since 1980 and its main objective is to constitute a technical reference forum for the telecommunications sector, as well as to foster collaboration between researchers and technologists of universities and companies in the sector.

Workshops

CST Antenna Simulation Workshop
7th September 2017
Santa Clara, California, United States

Antenna engineers are rising to design challenges with new generations of antenna concepts, enabled by powerful simulation and computation advancements in recent years. CST has been an industry leader in Antenna Simulation since its formation 25 years ago. This workshop offers an excellent opportunity for engineers and scientists from industry, research and universities working on antenna applications to meet. Industry experts will deliver keynote discussions about their work and future trends, and CST will present both current technology and the newest developments in EM simulation, together with workflow examples relevant to the field.

Training

CST STUDIO SUITE Vector Network Analyzer - Measurement Training (Czech)
5th - 6th September 2017
Dolni Brezany, Czech Republic

Develop your skills with VNA measurement for the experimental verification of the simulation results from CST STUDIO SUITE®. The course will focus on a practical application of VNA calibration techniques for on-board and coaxial line measurement of S-parameters. The training course consists of 2 full days including theoretical and hands-on parts. The measured data will be consequently used for an extraction of substrate complex permittivity and evaluation of hybrid model of SMD component. The challenges of the proper comparison between the simulation and measurement results will be discussed in the end.The training will be held in Czech.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

What's on next week: August 28th-September 3rd


We are so excited for our upcoming webinar series on September 14th, but as always, there is a lot going on in the CST universe until then. We are hosting many training courses, which are ideal for both novice users of CST STUDIO SUITE®

Exhibitions

MT2528th - 31st August 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands 

The 25th International Conference on Magnet Technology is the international forum addressing all aspects of magnet research, development, construction, testing, and operation. MT25 is a 5 days conference starting on Sunday evening with a welcome reception, 4 days with presentation and exhibitions, and ending on the Friday with tours. The program includes 8 plenary sessions highlighting catching topics of general interest. Each morning and afternoon there are oral presentations in 3 parallel sessions while posters are presented in a daily session. In parallel during all four days, there is a technical exhibition with 40 to 50 companies expected to present their activities and products in the field of superconductors, superconducting and resistive magnets, materials and tools for magnet construction, as well as associated technologies for vacuum, cryogenics, powering, measurements, controls and much more.

Meet us at the CST booth!

Training

We have a lot of training courses taking place next week across the globe. 

See the them all here and register for a training near you today!

CST STUDIO SUITE® - EMC/EMI Training
29th - 30th August 2017
Dearborn, MI, United States


CST STUDIO SUITE® - EMC/EMI Training
29th - 30th August 2017
Massy, France


CST STUDIO SUITE® - Microwave and Antenna Training
29th - 30th August 2017
Darmstadt, Germany


CST STUDIO SUITE® - Low Frequency Training
29th August 2017
Darmstadt, Germany


CST STUDIO SUITE® - Microwave and Antenna Training
29th - 30th August 2017
Seattle, WA, United States


Monday, August 21, 2017

Announcing the CST Webinar Series 2017



We are excited to announce the CST® Webinar Series 2017. Every year we host a marathon of webinars on the most fascinating and prescient topics in EM Simulation, and we have quite the lineup this year. Registration is already open for all of our webinars, so sign up today to be sure you don’t miss out.

We’ll explore several ways that electromagnetic simulation can be used in the design process to characterize signal integrity (SI), power integrity (PI) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) effects in “Design and Characterization of SerDes Channels” (October 19), “SI/PI Co-Extraction and Simulation” (November 9) and “Precise Characterization of Multipin Connectors” (December 7)

We will also demonstrate how EM simulation can be applied to some of the latest, most active fields of microwave engineering, and will demonstrate how simulation and measurement can be combined to characterize the RF properties of materials. If you are interested in Microwave & RF and antennas, you won’t want to miss “Overview of CST Filter Design Technology” (September 14), “Cubesat Antenna Design” (October 12) and “Automotive Radar Simulation with CST MICROWAVE STUDIO” (October 26)

Ensuring compliance with EMC and EMI regulations is necessary for designing all types of electronic devices, yet it can also be one of the most arduous parts of the design process.  “EMC Simulation for Automotive Ethernet” (November 2) will show how electromagnetic simulation can be used in the development of an automotive radar system, and in integrating an Ethernet system into a car.

Electromagnetic simulation offers considerable advantages for the design of power engineering components and devices. “Wireless Power Transfer” (September 21) will demonstrate the use of workflows and best practices to predict the performance of coils and inductive charging systems in an automotive environment.

The combination of particle simulation and electromagnetic simulation offers a powerful tool for the analysis of high-power devices. “Gyrotron Simulation with CST STUDIO SUITE” (September 28)will show how gyrotrons can be simulated in CST STUDIO SUITE  using a 3D Particle in Cell (PIC) Solver.

The photonics market is growing rapidly, and devices using photonic effects are used in an increasing number of industries. At optical frequencies, nonlinear material effects become very important and need to be taken into account in simulation. “Efficient Design of Integrated Photonic Circuits using Luceda IPKISS and CST STUDIO SUITE(October 5) will demonstrate how CST STUDIO SUITE can be used, together with the partner tool IPKISS from Luceda Photonics, to design and simulate photonic devices.


You can register for any webinars that pique your interest today!  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What's on next week: August 21-27


It's a quiet week in the CST world next week, but we are hosting a training class in Anaheim. We'd love to see you there!

Training

CST STUDIO SUITE - Microwave and Antenna Training
22nd - 23rd August 2017
Anaheim, CA, United States


Develop your potential with CST MICROWAVE STUDIO® (CST MWS®), a CST® software package of CST STUDIO SUITE dedicated to electromagnetic simulation of high-frequency applications.Improve your performance with our hands-on training course. The full CST STUDIO SUITE® Microwave & Antenna Training course consists of 2 full days. It is helpful to be familiar with the Getting Started manual. The training course is focused on modeling and solver overview, and concentrates on antenna simulation.

Friday, July 21, 2017

What's on next week: July 24-30

Exhibitions

ASIAEM 2017 
Bangalore, India
July 23rd - 27th 2017

ASIAEM 2017 provides a forum for the international scientific and engineering community in High-Power Electromagnetics. General technical areas for ASIAEM 2017 are: High-Power Electromagnetics (HPEM) that includes Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse (NEMP), Lightning and High-Power Microwaves (HPM), UltraWideband (UWB) and Unexploded Ordnance (UXO). The conference will be held at the Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Hotel at Brigade Gateway.


Workshops

CST Filter Workshop
25th July 2017
Nottingham, United Kingdom

Join us to learn about the latest developments in CST® for the design of filters. We have significantly enhanced our technology for the synthesis and tuning of both planar and cavity type filters in the recent years. During this workshop we will showcase the newest additions to our suite of design and analysis tools and new features in the latest release of CST STUDIO SUITE® 2017. Multi-physics analysis of high power filters including RF breakdown and Multipaction analysis will be discussed. The workshop will include presentations as well as live software demos that will be both beneficial for the novice as well as the experienced user.



CST Workshop - Electrically Large Structures
26th July 2017
Nottingham, United Kingdom

Join us for an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in 3D electromagnetic simulation. This workshop will give design and research engineers an insight into the latest 3D simulation technology for designing electromagnetic components as well as assembled systems using CST® STUDIO SUITE® 2017. 


CST Workshop Series 2017
Discover CST STUDIO SUITE 2017
27th July 2017
Santa Clara, CA, United States

Join us for an exciting opportunity to learn about the latest developments in 3D electromagnetic simulation.This workshop is part of the CST® Workshop Series 2017 which will give design and research engineers an insight into CST STUDIO SUITE® 2017. Both novice as well as experienced users will benefit from presentations and live software demos. The workshop will include CST  STUDIO SUITE 2017 highlights showing many improvements in modeling, post processing, results visualization and solver technology. In addition, we will showcase new products and capabilities including macro modeling for EDA simulations EMI analysis, RF MW filter design, power handling, corona and multipaction.

Training

CST STUDIO SUITE - Microwave and RF Systems Training
27th - 28th July 2017
Singapore, Singapore

Develop your potential with CST MICROWAVE STUDIO® (CST MWS®), a CST® software package of CST STUDIO SUITE® dedicated to electromagnetic simulation of high-frequency applications.Improve your performance with our hands-on training course. The full CST STUDIO SUITE Microwave & RF Systems Training course consists of 2 full days. It is helpful to be familiar with the Getting Started manual. The training course is focused on modeling and solver overview, and concentrates on RF Systems.



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

What's on next week:July 10-16

Exhibitions

APS/URSI 2017

11th - 13th July 2017
San Diego, United States

This year’s program of the "2017 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting" will include a wide range of technical sessions, workshops, and short courses, as well as exhibits. It will also have a range of specific activities for students and young professionals. This meeting is intended to be the premier international forum for the exchange of ideas on state-of-the-art research in antennas, propagation, electromagnetic engineering, and radio science. Through a range of technical and social activities, it will provide the opportunity to interact with the world's leading experts in antennas and propagation from academia, industry, and government.
Visit us at booth #4

Workshops

CST Workshop Series 2017
Defense Workshop

11th July 2017
Hyderabad , India

Join us for an exciting opportunity to learn about the latest developments in 3D electromagnetic simulation in defense and security industry.

The CST Workshop Series 2017 will give design and research engineers an insight into the latest 3D simulation technology for designing electromagnetic components as well as assembled systems using CST STUDIO SUITE® 2017. It will include presentations as well as live software demos that will be both beneficial for the novice as well as the experienced user.  In addition, CST will host a Q&A session during the workshop.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the latest developments in EM simulation using CST STUDIO SUITE solvers. 
This workshop is full.

Training

CST STUDIO SUITE - Signal Integrity and Power Integrity Training

11th - 12th July 2017
Framingham, MA, United States

Develop your potential with CST MICROWAVE STUDIO® (CST MWS®). Improve your performance with our hands-on training course. The full CST MWS training course consists of 2 full days. It is helpful to be familiar with the Getting Started manual. This training course is focused on modeling and solver overview and concentrates on SI/PI applications.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Innovations in medicine and bio-electromagnetics with Tilmann Wittig.

A few weeks ago, we published an introduction to the exciting world of bio-electromagnetic simulation. This highly specialized area of EM simulation boasts some of the most fascinating real world applications for EM simulation. Principal Engineer and Market Coordinator for bio-EM, Tilmann Wittig shares some of the innovations he is most interested in right now. Read on to see how EM simulation can help develop solutions for cancer treatment and detection, diabetes, head injuries, and more.

What in Bio-EM is most interesting for you right now?
The medical world is definitely the most challenging one because we need to see inside the body so,
in a mobile phone, the bio-EM is a parasitic side effect. We need to be careful of it, it’s important, but it’s not very fascinating but everything inside the body is much more fascinating.
I'm interested in all these tiny implants, which hopefully in the future may revolutionize our medical approaches. There’s research now into improving the pacemaker. The classic pacemaker is about 5x5cm wide, and 80% of it is the battery because it needs to last a long time because replacement requires invasive surgery. So why not use a more clever approach, like wireless charging and controlling and programming them from the outside? So, we have some customers who are looking at a pacemaker that’s  5x5x5mm, incredibly small. That means it can be put in laparoscopically which is minimally invasive and when it’s in it can be fully controlled from the outside. For that, you could have a wearable antenna that is both controlling the pacemaker and charging it, That could mean that hopefully in the future, getting a pacemaker is much less of a big deal than it is nowadays.

The second topic I find quite interesting is imaging because we want to be able to see what the body looks like on the inside. We need to be aware that 80-90% of images done of the human body are done by X-ray, which is what’s called “ionizing radiation” and that means it has a lot of power, which is good because it allows us to see inside a body, but it has so much power that could potentially crack our DNA. If that happens, if our DNA is cracked, we are lucky if the cell just dies, but if we are unlucky, it turns into a cancer cell. Today we rely on the use of x-rays, including CT (computer tomography) and mammography. CT is basically a three-dimensional x-ray, which means the dose is even higher, something like 50x the dose of radiation from a normal x-ray. While the levels are still low, there is still a risk of cancer, so researchers are trying to get away from x-ray for this reason.
Modeling Temperature Effects of RF Thermoablation in a
 Human Liver

Are there better, smarter ways to get the same images without putting patients at risk of DNA corruption and cancer? 
Microwave radiation is the answer to that, and we already have microwave imaging in MRI and that’s quite established. There are also other ways that researchers and scientists are developing using the same concept you have in a radar antenna to see into the body. There are research groups working on this by putting an array of 20-50 antennas on different parts of the body and those antennas are sending and receiving signals and from those signals, they try to analyze how it might look inside. The two main applications for that are breast cancer, so any kind of tissue abnormalities and also brain damage.
So, let’s say someone has an accident. It’s very difficult to know what’s wrong with the brain,  whether there is bleeding for example. The dream for the future is to have a helmet with one of these arrays, and you send out these microwave imaging signals and within 20 seconds you can get an answer, everything is fine, or there’s bleeding and the person needs immediate care. It’s common that people with head injuries can show no symptoms, if someone is coherent and speaking the people around them may think nothing is wrong with them, so this kind of quick and easy test can save lives.

CST recently awarded the 2017 University Award for a paper detailing this innovative method of intracranial hemorrhage detection. Read it here!

Treatment is the third area of interest, and there is a lot of innovation happening there. For example, we have an application note on thermal ablation, in which a diode is inserted into a cancerous tumor and it’s heated up to kill those cancer cells. That’s pretty amazing, but now there is an idea to do this non-invasively with just antennas. That works by giving the patient heat sensitive drugs that are designed to pool in a specific part of the body and then we can use antennas to send a small amount of heat to that area and only heat-sensitive drugs get hot enough to kill the cancerous part while not harming the rest of the body.

Read Modeling Temperature Effects of RF Thermoablation in a Human Liver using the Bioheat Formulation in CST STUDIO SUITE

Researchers have found an antenna-related diabetes solution as well. Today, people must prick themselves to test their blood sugar. There is a concept out there for a contact lens that has sensors in it to read the blood sugar from the eye fluid. This contact has an antenna that can communicate with a person’s phone and their doctor, so they know their blood sugar at any given time without drawing blood. The Internet of Things is really exciting when it comes to biomedical advances, and there is a lot of interest in this area. At our recent workshop in Santa Clara, this was a topic that many of our participants were interested in.
Temperature distribution inside the body of a patient
 undergoing hyperthermia 

How is CST supporting these advances?

One of the ways CST is supporting these advances is by having accurate biological material properties for models because a simulation is only as good as the model and that’s complicated in this area. We also provide dedicated post-processing tools which allow medical professionals to be able to understand and to use these simulations. Many of them aren’t engineers, so we have to find a way to convert these EM fields and images into quantities they will understand.

CST Workshops are a great chance to learn about EM Simulation in general, and our bio-EM specific workshops offer detailed insight into IOT, sport wearables, and medical advances. The workshops are always different based on where they occur and who attends, so while providing the same information about our software and the benefits of simulation participants also get to be involved in a variety of interesting conversations.

Dr. Tilmann Wittig 




Friday, June 23, 2017

CST engineers on International Women in Engineering Day 2017


CST is lucky to have incredible engineers working throughout our company. In honor of International Women in Engineering Day, we spoke to some of the women who contribute to CST’s success about what they love about being engineers and how male allies in the field can support gender parity in engineering in the future.

Irina Munteanu, 
Head of market development and strategic projects. 
Ph.D in Electrical Engineering.


Apra Pandey, Senior Application Engineer. Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Photonics and Metamaterials.


Tracey Vincent, support application engineer. Ph.D, Material Science.





What is your favorite thing about being an engineer?

Irina: Diversity – I never get bored in my work as an engineer. Engineering is a combination of precision (but not as much as in mathematics), creativity (but somewhat different from an artist’s), and detective work (“which one of the myriad of tiny technical details in my device is to blame that it doesn’t yet work perfectly?”)

Apra: 
The best part about being an engineer is to be able to conceive new ideas, design and implement them to make our lives better.

We are witnessing tremendous technological growth, and an important ingredient of this is curiosity. Being curious about how things work, why they work, can they work in a better way, how can a certain design be improved, etc. is what helps us progress.

One of the quickest ways to see if an idea would work is by creating a virtual prototype of the design; or in other words, creating a simulation model that represents how the design would work. I enjoy being able to simulate the design ideas and suggest whether an idea would work or if there is something that can be done to improve the design. This leads to not only a reduction of production cost, but also a faster design cycle.

Tracey:
 Engineering is being paid to solve puzzles and I love solving puzzles. I love the interdisciplinary nature of the work I do.




The theme of INWED this year is “men as allies”, what is a way that men can support women working as engineers or getting degrees in an engineering field?


Irina: I find it difficult to give a general answer to this question, but I can give a few examples from my life.

I was lucky to have a father who often asked me to help him when doing small repairs at home, so I knew even as a little girl how to bang in a nail, change a bulb, or what different types of pliers are good for.

My uncle convinced me that studying engineering is not in contradiction with following my literary and liberal-arts interests: “with a safe job and a good salary in your pocket”, he said, “what prevents you from learning foreign languages, write books, or paint?”

Later on, I learned that some male professors or colleagues tend to think of women in engineering in extreme ways – either “this much is still not enough” (and for them, it’s never enough), or exactly the opposite “in your case, this little will suffice”. I am extremely grateful to those several male professors, colleagues, mentors, who asked of me exactly the same as from my male colleagues, not more, but also not less.

Apra: 
I think there are quite a few ways men can be allies. By being more supportive at the domestic front, by fostering a respectful environment and creating more opportunities for women to take up more engineering roles; are a few ways in which men can support women.

Tracey: If you’re a dad and an engineer then build a rocket with your daughter, encourage her to do math and show her how math is the language we use to understand and analyze the world around us. When you talk to your daughter or son, try to use “he” and “she” interchangeably to describe engineers and scientists. As a boss - call on the opinion (especially in meetings) of your female employees or at least have turns – research shows women are constantly interrupted/talked over; give her the time to be heard. If she has good ideas or did good work then laud her publically if possible. Believe she can do it and give her tasks that stretch her. Women wait to do things when they feel they have full competence; men take risks and challenges and use them as opportunities for growth – this is because society is more forgiving of rookie mistakes with men. I would like more men to see and understand this bias.

Are there any publications, workshops, webinars or other work of yours you'd like to share with readers of the CST blog?


Irina: The article that might be of most interest for readers of CST blog is probably a paper I co-authored on Time Domain methods called “It’s About Time”.

Apra: There is an upcoming presentation at IEEE-APS in San Diego on July 10th. The paper is titled, “Accurate and Efficient Simulation of Bioelectromagnetic Models“

Tracey: I will be participating in a New Features 2017 workshop in Framingham, MA (Boston office) on the 13th July. I will also be participating in the “online training series” over the summer geared to new users and college students.