Application Note

OCW Coffee-Can Radar Optimized in AWR Software

This application note describes how the original coffee-can radar system described in a 2012 IEEE Spectrum article using OpenCourseWare online free course materials was redesigned with AWR Design Environment. The “re-caffeinated” design uses Microwave Office circuit design software, Visual System Simulator™ (VSS) system design software, and AXIEM and Analyst EM simulators and delivers better performance, is less expensive to make, and has a smaller footprint than the original system.

Readers are invited to explore this design project further within AWR Design Environment. The example project is titled “CoffeeCanRadar_SMT_Redesign.” A video of this example is also available at