PITTSBURGH, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ANSYS ® (NASDAQ: ANSS) HFSS™ users can reduce design time and cost while optimizing complete electronic system performance, thanks to linear circuit simulation included with the latest version of this software. With a more streamlined simulation workflow, engineers can focus on enhancing complete system reliability and signal quality as well as analyzing electromagnetic interference. New HFSS product options for radio frequency (RF) and signal integrity (SI) analyses are also available — making high-frequency (HF) and high-speed electronic device design even more comprehensive.
For many years, engineers have used disparate technologies and extensive lab testing when designing wireless and electronic devices. However, as product speed and densities increased, fast and accurate electromagnetic analysis became essential to predict HF effects that traditional circuit simulation neglected like electrical coupling, electromagnetic interference, and radiation. The latest version of HFSS with circuit simulation addresses these challenges by combining the accuracy of electromagnetic analysis with the speed and capacity of circuit simulation, providing a comprehensive systems-level view of the design. "It's important for our customers to quickly analyze the full electromagnetic system including circuit level components and high-fidelity electronic models," said Larry Williams, director of product management at ANSYS. "This product upgrade, coupled with our recent ANSYS SIwave™ product announcement, underscores our vision to deliver a seamless end-to-end simulation workflow and a Simulation-Driven Product Development™ approach to product design to our customers." Combining HFSS with circuit simulation is beneficial for complex RF, microwave, and electronics design because engineering teams can study multiple results in larger systems, expanding the size and scope of designs. Antenna feed and matching networks, microwave circuits, and wireless radio channels, essential to many consumer electronic devices, can be quickly analyzed and optimized. Additionally, the software supports comprehensive SI design by allowing cascading transmission lines, connectors, printed circuit boards, sockets and IC package interconnects. The additional HFSS RF and SI product options provide more advanced circuit simulation analysis with specific capabilities targeting applications in RF/microwave engineering and high-performance electronics design.