National Instruments extends AWR Connected for EM interoperability

May 26, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO, 26 May 2016. A new and improved EM Socket II architecture within NI AWR Design Environment enhances the AWR Connected for EM interoperability between third-party electromagnetic (EM) simulation tools and the company’s flagship high-frequency circuit design software, Microwave Office.

SAN FRANCISCO, 26 May 2016. A new and improved EM Socket II architecture within NI AWR Design Environment enhances the AWR Connected for EM interoperability between third-party electromagnetic (EM) simulation tools and the company’s flagship high-frequency circuit design software, Microwave Office.

The latest architecture, which is also used by NI AWR Design Environment’s AXIEM 3D planar and Analyst 3D FEM EM solvers, leverages the automation and design management developed for circuit, system, and EM co-simulation. With the opening of the EM Socket II architecture to third-party tools, companies can take advantage of the Microwave Office design environment with existing investments in other vendor EM products, benefitting from a use model that is seamless and robust.

The latest release of an AWR Connected solution is for ANSYS Inc.’s High Frequency Electromagnetic Field Simulation (HFSS) software. This flow utilizes EM Socket II to enable bi-directional interoperability between Microwave Office and HFSS and expands upon the prior offering by allowing designers to define an HFSS 3D layered structure, seamlessly launch an HFSS simulation and embed S-parameter results directly back into Microwave Office without leaving the software environment.

Additionally, Sonnet Software and Computer Simulation Technology (CST) have upgraded from prior EM Socket implementations to this new format. For Sonnet, the new flow brings expanded capabilities that include 64-bit compatibility, as well as the ability to run 2D planar EM simulations asynchronously. For CST STUDIO SUITE, this new implementation automates the round-trip flow in much the same way as that of HFSS but also allows for arbitrary 3D layout data to be passed, minimizing user time by eliminating manual intervention.

The AWR Connected for HFSS solution is available today for mutual customers. Sonnet and CST STUDIO SUITE are available for beta customer trials.

The NI AWR Design Environment software portfolio includes RF/microwave electronic design automation (EDA) tools such as Visual System Simulator for system design, Microwave Office/Analog Office for microwave/RF circuit design, and AXIEM and Analyst for electromagnetic analysis. NI AWR software tools help design engineers to dramatically reduce development time and cost for components, circuits, systems and subsystems employed in wireless, high-speed wired, broadband, aerospace and defense, and electro-optical applications.

Since 1976, NI has made it possible for engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges with powerful, flexible technology solutions that accelerate productivity and drive rapid innovation. Customers from a wide variety of industries–from healthcare to automotive and from consumer electronics to particle physics–use NI’s integrated hardware and software platform to improve the world we live in.

The AWR Connected family of products integrates NI AWR Design Environment software with 3rd party software and hardware manufacturers to provide a powerful and complete software-to-software and/or software-to-hardware design environment.

Design domains addressed include printed circuit boards, test and measurement (T&M), as well as MMIC thermal and related synthesis technologies.

AWR Connected Solutions include



· Anritsu


· Antenna Magus

· Cadence

· CapeSym


· Mentor Graphics

· Modelithics

· National Instruments (NI)

· ODB++

· Optenni Lab

· Rohde & Schwarz (R&S)

· Zuken

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