AWR Design Environment

A comprehensive electronic design automation (EDA) platform for developing RF/microwave products
NI AWR Design Environment

Advancing the Wireless Revolution

The AWR Design Environment platform provides RF/microwave engineers with integrated high-frequency circuit (Microwave Office), system (VSS), and EM (AXIEM/Analyst) simulation technologies and design automation to develop physically-realizable electronics ready for manufacturing. The platform helps designers manage complex integrated-circuit (IC), package, and printed-circuit board (PCB) modeling, simulation, and verification, addressing all aspects of circuit behavior to achieve optimal performance and reliable results for first-pass success.

The Platform Advantage

A powerful and intuitive user interface ensures optimal engineering productivity with smart, customizable design flows for today's high-frequency semiconductor and PCB technologies.


System, circuit, and EM simulation technologies are integrated for fast and accurate analysis of device performance prior to prototype manufacturing and test, saving development time and costs.


Design-flow automation connects simulation models, third-party tools, and layout to manufacturing processes, from early concept exploration through to engineering signoff.

Platform Highlights

Unified Design Capture 

Provides front-to-back physical design flow with dynamically-linked electrical and layout design entry. Components placed in an electrical schematic automatically generate a synchronized physical layout based on libraries of standard, customized, and/or vendor provided components.

Simulation and Analysis 

Integrates circuit, system, and EM simulation technologies for investigating linear and nonlinear network behavior. Designers can perform in-situ EM extraction of interconnects, develop component specifications from system link budgets, and analyze device performance with system test benches for communication standards.

Design Flow  

Supports complex hierarchical projects with parameterized sub-circuits for easy optimization and tuning. Circuit, system, or EM-based subcircuits can be quickly developed and used to populate larger, more complex networks common in today’s RF front-end circuitry. 

Interoperability and Manufacturing

Third-party interoperability with industry-standard tools enables the exchange of design data for schematic or netlist import, bi-directional EM co-simulation, electrical-rule check (ERC)/design-rule check (DRC)/layout vs. schematic (LVS), and production-ready GDSII export. Additionally, powerful yield analysis and optimization addresses manufacturing tolerances for more robust designs and greater profitability.


The powerful application programming interface (API) extends the capabilities of the software using popular programming languages, providing user-defined scripts for automating common or complex tasks and custom design flows.