Advances in Integration and Parameterization of EM Simulation Within a High-Frequency Circuit Design Flow

Electromagnetic (EM) simulators are constantly being improved in various ways, however, less obvious to RF engineers yet equally important are the advances being made in integrating EM simulators into the overall microwave circuit simulation environment. The ability to incorporate multiple EM simulators into one circuit design environment has the obvious advantages of decreased setup time and reduced chance of setup error. There are, however, several challenges that must be overcome for such an integration to be successful. This article explores some of those challenges and how they are addressed in high-frequency software such as NI AWR Design Environment.

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