Advanced EM Concepts and Features in Microwave Office

Santa Clara, CA
Sep 11, 2019 to Sep 12, 2019

Sep 11-12, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

National Instruments Campus
4600 Patrick Henry Dr
Santa Clara, CA

Course Fee
(advance registration required)

This two-day course focuses on concepts and features in Microwave Office circuit design software. The first day will feature important concepts designers need to understand for successful simulations. Various tradeoffs in settings for physical principles in the AXIEM planar and Analyst 3D FEM simulators will be explained. The second day will present useful features in Microwave Office software that help designers control layout and simulation. Topics discussed will include parameters for making EM models, PCells, and multiple PDKs. Advanced extraction control will also be discussed.

Day 1: Concepts - Ports, Boundaries, and Meshing

Four major areas will be studied: ports, boundary conditions, meshing, and how to know if an answer is correct. For each area, the physics and mathematical principles underlying the issues will be discussed, followed by a look at common situations in the AXEIM and Analyst simulators. Concepts will be illustrated by examples in the software.

Topics covered will include:

  • Grounding and calibration issues in ports
  • Advanced ports: differential and grouping
  • Understanding impedance boundary conditions and common mistakes
  • Meshing: setting reasonable mesh criteria
  • Using passivity and energy conservation measurements

Day 2: Features – Parameterized Layout, Preprocessing Rules, and Multi-Technology

Advanced features in the Microwave Office EM layout environment that are useful for designers will be examined. This includes parameters, which can be used for control of layout and creation of EM models, as well as in EM simulation and preprocessing rules, which are used to simplify the geometry before it is meshed. The use of Analyst software for multiple technologies will also be discussed.  

Topics covered include:

  • Shape modifiers and parameterization
  • PCells
  • Pre-processing rules
  • Multi-technology in the Analyst EM simulator
  • Advanced extraction control

Course Equipment/Hardware

  • Bringing your own laptop is preferred. If necessary, a laptop can be provided.
  • Special note: 64-bit PCs are required to run the software.
  • Software, licenses, and required training materials will be provided.