Wednesday, March 27, 2013

CST STUDIO SUITE 2013: Update Webinar Series

It’s that time of year again. This year’s release of CST STUDIO SUITE® is getting the finishing touches and should be on its way to our customers around the world very soon. Along with user manuals, tutorials, an overview of advanced topics, and tips on installing and getting you started, we’ve also organized for a few of our experts to demonstrate the new features through an update webinar series

To cater for different time zones, we’ll be presenting each topic twice on the scheduled date:
April 10, 2013 – Improvements to EDA and EMC workflows 
This webinar presents improvements to EDA and EMC/EMI simulation workflows in CST STUDIO SUITE® 2013, at both the component and system levels. A wireless router is used as a test case to demonstrate board and system-level SI/PI and EMC analysis.
April 11, 2013 – Low Frequency Simulation
The list of low-frequency applications is almost endless, with motors, sensors, transformers, switches, brakes and particle tubes all fitting under this description. This webinar will demonstrate the new features in CST STUDIO SUITE 2013 for simulating and modeling these devices.
Reigster now: 
April 16, 2013 – Microwave and RF Simulation
CST STUDIO SUITE has become an industry-standard tool for a wide range of microwave and radio frequency applications. In this webinar, we will introduce our 2013 release by demonstrating its new features and exploring the state-of-the-art in EM device and hybrid system simulation. 
Register now: 
The webinars will use various application examples, allowing you to witness first-hand how the entire simulation workflow has this year been made more accessible, more intuitive. After the live events, the ‘CST STUDIO SUITE 2013: Update Webinar Series’ will also be available to registered users on demand.
Looking forward to having you there!

**Update 18/4/2013** Webinar links have changed to playback links for on demand viewing.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Looking Back at the CST Korean User Conference

Every year the CST Korean User Conference gives our users the opportunity to exchange technical information amongst their peers. This year 140 engineers joined us on March 21 at the Korean Design Center in Budang, with users themselves also taking part by presenting their works based on CST software.

The presentations gave insight on the user perspective, exploring application topics such as RF, Antennas, Signal Integrity, EMI and ESD. CST complemented the user presentations with an overview of the new features in the 2013 release of CST STUDIO SUITE®, an introduction to EDA applications and a range of application notes covering EMC, MW&RF, and multiphysics.

CST also presented live demos of CST STUDIO SUITE, with attendees taking particular interest in the new features to be expected in 2013.

Our next user conference, the European User Conference (EUC), will be held in Stuttgart, Germany from April 23-25 2013, where we’re hoping to generate a similar enlightening environment for engineers to share their ideas.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Hands-on at EDI CON 2013

EDI CON 2013 is ready to begin. With an impressive conference schedule and a variety of technical tracks and presentations, hands-on practical solutions are definitely going to be a highlight of the show. CST is proud to be a gold sponsor of EDI CON, the inaugural conference for the high-frequency and high-speed electronics industry in China, and as gold sponsors, many of us will be heading out to Beijing, hoping to meet you at the exhibition hall and presentations.

As well as presenting CST STUDIO SUITE® at booth #251, we will be actively participating throughout the event. The three technical tracks will feature technical sessions with papers from invited contributors, and our sales and technical support manager for CST South East Asia Pty Ltd, Klaus Krohne, has been invited to co-chair the second technical track session: Measurement & Modeling. 
There will also be an opportunity to discover the practical applications of CST’s simulation software through the following sessions: 
  • CST MICROWAVE STUDIO® Workshop – Integrated Antenna Design for a GSM Tracking Device
Wednesday March 13, 15:30 – 16:10 (Room D)
A common strategy when designing an electronic communication device is to use an off-the-shelf antenna. However, the designer is limited to commercially available antennas. In this workshop we aim to illustrate how an existing chip antenna on a GSM tracking device can be replaced by an embedded, integrated antenna. The workshop will show how the design capabilities of Antenna Magus, a searchable database of antennas, can be combined with the full-wave 3D electromagnetic simulation tools in CST STUDIO SUITE to create an embedded design which takes into account the full coupling in a complex environment.
  • EDA Design Panel – Standard and Expert Tools in the Industrial EDA/EMC Design Flow
Thursday March 14, 17:15 – 18:00 (Room B)
In order to master the increasing complexity and performance of modern electronic devices, design engineers use simulation tools to an ever greater extent. Employing electromagnetic simulation tools earlier in the design process helps to ensure compliance with specifications and standards before prototypes are built. The feasibility of such simulations is promoted through robust import-filters, automated construction in 3D including component placement, and solver technologies that can deal with the detail richness of state-of-the-art devices.
We’ll also be looking forward to attending eASIC and Continental Automotive GmbH’s presentations:
  • 3D EMC Simulation of Automotive Multimedia Systems
Wednesday March 13, 11:20 – 11:40 (Room B)
A key challenge in automotive product design is the compliance to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and interference (EMI) requirements in a cost-driven project environment. Traditionally, EMC and EMI issues are solved in the EMC lab, often without getting a full understanding of the underlying effects. The adoption of 3D field simulation provides an insight into the root causes of electromagnetic resonance effects occurring in the product, enabling fast design cycles and high product quality. This presentation shows an example of using 3D EM simulation for solving a GSM immunity issue. After setting up a model with the relevant electrical and mechanical components, a combination of several effects that introduce disturbances to the system has been found. The system could then be optimized within a few days by simulating the whole device architecture, leading to a reliable and cost-effective solution.
  • Measurement and Modeling Technical Session – High Speed IA: Signal Lines to Power Plane Coupling Caused by Common Mode Current in High Speed SerDes Interconnect Design
Thursday March 14, 08:30 – 08:50 (Room B)
One of the main problems in the design of high speed printed circuit boards (PCB) and package substrate is the uncontrolled path of the return current, which couples to power planes and leads to both signal integrity (SI) and electromagnetic interference (EMI) problems. A real design is investigated with numerical simulation to prove that the concept of common mode insertion loss offers an indicator of uncontrolled return current and demonstrate its impact on the signal performance of high speed interconnects.
These presentations offer a sample of the practical hands-on solutions on show at EDI CON 2013. You can plan your schedule now by having a look at the full abstracts in the conference program, and don't forget to download the detailed floor plan to make sure you know how to make your way to booth #251.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Simplifying the Antenna Design Process

Antennas don’t operate in isolation. They are the omnipresent link that makes wireless communication possible, and as use of applications ranging from radios and GPS to mobile phones and RFID increases, so too does the demand for high-performance antennas. Fitting wide-band and multi-band antennas into small devices requires careful antenna selection to find a design that gives both performance and compactness.

Put simply, successful antenna design should produce an element that is insensitive to manufacturing tolerances and is cost-effective to produce. Selecting the correct element as early in the design cycle as possible minimizes the risk of exceeding the budget or the time constraints experienced during later stages of the design and production process. This is why antenna design remains a growing area of interest for our customers - antenna simulation makes a huge difference in the design process.

Antenna Magus, an extensive antenna synthesis tool, has a database of over 200 antennas. The database can be explored to choose the optimal topology which can then be designed for specific criteria and exported to seamlessly integrate with the design workflow. Antenna Magus offers designers an unmatched combination of flexible design capabilities, concise and accessible information (including references to relevant literature and research resources) and exportable simulation models for CST MICROWAVE STUDIO®.

Aspiring to cover a broad range of antennas with information that enables engineers to consider various options with minimal time and effort, the use of Antenna Magus is valuable in various stages of the design process:
  • First order designs that have been validated against reference data are readily available, allowing the elementary and research steps at the start of the design process to be surpassed.
  • Using the ‘estimate performance’ feature, analysis can be carried out quickly, giving an indication of whether an element is suitable for the final design. Certain approximations can be made because of the known topology and environment of the antenna, which reduce the analysis time.
  • The information management system provides engineers with a framework to store and work upon information like documents, sketches, design algorithms, measure data and models. It can also be accessed by other team members for efficient knowledge-sharing.
With the demand for high-performance antennas increasing, antenna simulation seems to be the solution to not only simplify the antenna design process, but also improve accuracy, performance and costs. A trial version is available here to let you discover the benefits of Antenna Magus for yourself.