Finite-element method (FEM) electromagnetic (EM) analysis for 3D structures

3D EM Analysis

Analyst™ 3D FEM EM simulation and analysis simulator accelerates high-frequency product development from early physical design characterization through to full 3D EM verification. The advanced solver technology provides fast and accurate analysis of the 3D structures/interconnects found in today's complex high-frequency electronics.

The Analyst Advantage

In-situ analysis enables full characterization of 3D components in RF/microwave devices to ensure design success.



Parametric cell (PCell) support for 3D structures enables an FEM-based design flow that incorporates accurate, custom component libraries.


Automatic, adaptive 3D volumetric tetrahedron-based meshing provides high-quality shape fidelity to ensure reliable simulation results.

Features at a Glance

  • EXTRACT – Schematic-driven EM extraction technology/design flow
  • Layout/Drawing Editor – 2D and 3D construction and views
  • FEM Solver – Proprietary, full-wave direct and interative solvers
  • Meshing Technology – Automatic, adaptive 3D volumetric tetrahedron-based meshing
  • Sources – Numerous excitations for ports
  • Visualization – 2D- and 3D-field visualization, as well as results post-processing
  • Parametric Studies – Optimization, tuning, and yield analysis
  • High Performance Computing (HPC) – Multi-core configurations and asynchronous simulation 



Characterize and optimize the electrical performance of RF/microwave distributed components such as spiral inductors and metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitors with 3D EM analysis.

MMIC/RFIC, PCB, Packaging, and Module Interconnects

Model the behavior of complex interconnects such as vias, via fencing, wire bonds, and ball-grid arrays with fast and accurate FEM full-wave simulation technology.

Antennas and Arrays

Simulate near- and far-field radiation patterns, surface currents, gain, bandwidth, and return loss for planar, 3D, and phased-array antennas.


Analyze entire PCB and MMIC/RFIC layouts as part of design verification and final sign-off, capturing unintended resonances and parasitic coupling that can lead to costly design failures.

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The new process we developed with Microwave Office and Optenni Lab antenna matching gives us a ‘first-time-right’ flow that is not only more efficient and cost effective than traditional methods, but equips our antenna designers with quantitative guidelines for antenna frequency tuning that ensures a higher quality product.
Kimmo Honkanen
RF Engineer
Pulse Electronics
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Analyst is the only EM software able to meet the demands for the computation volume generated by my high mode EM calculations. Analyst meets my expectations for 64bits codes, time-domain analysis capability, charged particles and accounting for interaction effect calculation.
Yuichi Morozumi
The High Energy Accelerator - Research Organization
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LNAFIN valued the ease of use of AWR Design Environment and the seamless integration with EM simulators. MMIC designs need flexible and extensive EM simulation support for design verification and the software meets this need through AXIEM for planar simulations, Analyst for full 3D simulations, and links to third-party tools, if needed.
Esa Tiiliharju & Mikko Varonen, D.Sc. (Tech.)
CEO & Engineer
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