Sonnet Software's EM Simulation Tools
The event offers the opportunity to spend time with the likes of Dr. Jim Rautio, founder of Sonnet Software (Booth 2640) and developer of the firm’s famed Sonnet Suites of EM simulation software tools. These three-dimensional (3D) planar EM simulation programs analyze the fields around high-frequency circuits (e.g., microstrip and stripline) and predict the EM fields that will occur around different structures (e.g., filters and antennas) and different circuit junctions. They provide engineers with a means to predict the effects of using direct materials with different dielectric constants and loss characteristics at different frequencies before having to fabricate a number of prototype circuits.
National Instruments to Showcase PXI Alternative
National Instruments will be showcasing new features as part of its RFIC Reference Solution, a hardware and software package for engineers characterizing PAs and Front End Modules (FEMs). In addition to native support for envelope tracking, DPD, and EVM/ACP measurements, new enhancements include extended DPD capabilities and harmonics measurements up to 26.5 GHz.
Additionally, NI will be showcasing the newest features for its Semiconductor Test System (STS), a low-cost, high-throughput PXI alternative to traditional big iron ATE. Originally introduced in August 2014 at NIWeek, the STS now adds enhancements such as 48-port S-parameter measurements and integrated system calibration. Make sure to visit NI at Booth #2431 to see these demos and visit with product experts.
Rohde & Schwarz's SGU100A RF Upconverter
Rohde & Schwarz (Booth 3446) will provide details on its recently released R&S SGU100A RF upconverter, an accessory that extends the range of the SGS100A vector signal generator (VSG) from a top frequency of 12.75 GHz to a top frequency of 40 GHz. The extension enables the source to provide continuous signals from 10 MHz to 40 GHz without modulation, and from 80 MHz to 40 GHz with vector modulation, packed in a half-rack instrument enclosure. In addition, the firm’s R&S SMW200A high-end VSG now features frequency ranges of 100 kHz to 12.75 GHz, 100 kHz to 31.8 GHz, and 100 kHz to 40 GHz. The SMW200A signal source combines microwave signal generation with fading, additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN), and multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) capabilities in a single instrument.
For those working in the field, Keysight will offer demonstrations of its versatile FieldFox handheld analyzers, with models capable of making spectrum and vector network measurements across bandwidths as wide as 30 kHz to 26.5 GHz. These battery-powered portable analyzers were put to the test in hostile environments, and proved to be effective monitors for interference and other measurements made in the great outdoors. Keysight recently offered a new series of application notes and guidance for performing indoor and outdoor cable measurements using the FieldFox analyzers, and will have samples at its show booth.
CST's 3D Simulation Software
Among the CAE software tools on display will be the CST MICROWAVE STUDIO software for 3D simulation of components such as antennas and filters. The CST suite includes Perfect Boundary Approximation (PBA), a Thin Sheet Technique (TST), and True Geometry Adaptation to help improve the efficiency of the flagship time domain and frequency solvers.
ANSYS (Booth 2036) will show examples of its different CAE tools, including its own 3D EM simulation software, the High-Frequency Structure Simulator (HFSS) software. This full-wave EM simulation tool has long been used to model not only RF/microwave circuits, but high-speed digital circuits as well. The software provides advanced solver approaches based on finite-element (FE) and integral-equation solutions, and includes a linear circuit simulator to help designers create circuit transitions such as input and output matching circuits in amplifiers and other active circuits.
Copper Mountain and Maury Join Forces
Copper Mountain Technologies (Booth 3424) will demonstrate some of its compact and full-sized vector network analyzers, including the Planar 804/1 two-port VNA designed to operate with any Microsoft Windows-based personal computer (PC). The firm will also report on its work with Maury Microwave (Booth 745); in particular, the company’s MT981 and MT982 load-pull impedance tuners and IVCAD measurement and modeling software. Maury’s tuners and software have been integrated into the Planar 814/1 VNA to perform practical, real-time load-pull measurements. With IVCAD software, the test setup has been used to directly measure the source and load impedances presented to a device under test (DUT), with the goal of developing impedance-matching solutions for circuits such as RF/microwave amplifiers.