Mimix Broadband (now part of M/A Com)

Mimix Broadband Solves an Entire MMIC Chip Using AXIEM 3D Planar EM Software
We were unable to EM this entire structure using any other EM solver and turned to AWR to give it a try. The insights gained as unveiled by AXIEM opens up new vistas in mm-wave design for Mimix.
Dr. Simon Mahon
Director of MMIC Design
Mimix Broadband (now part of M/A Com)

Mimix Broadband Solves an Entire MMIC Chip Using AXIEM 3D Planar EM Software

The Design Challenge

Mimix is designing a mm-wave converter using an innovative design in the passive circuitry. If the design technique works the way Mimix believes, they can achieve very aggressive specs for system performance without having to use larger, conventional mm-wave structures resulting in larger die size and thus greater cost.Only by solving the entire structure can Mimix designers verify their design ideas.

The Solution

Mimix was unable to electromagnetically (EM) simulate the entire monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) circuit, which includes more than 100 ports and 100K unknowns, using other EM solvers and turned to AWR to take the AXIEM challenge. The result: AXIEM solved the entire structure on a desktop PC. With an electromagnetic solution to the full chip, Mimix can begin to explore a deeper understanding of the circuit's physics and open up new vistas in mm-wave design.

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