AWR

RF / Microwave Design & Analysis

A comprehensive electronic design automation (EDA) platform for developing RF/microwave products

See What The Industry-Leading RF/Microwave Design Platform Can Do For You

Comprehensive RF Design, Analysis & Implementation Environment

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

Unmatched Speed & Accuracy

Integrated system, circuit, and EM simulation technologies provide fast and accurate analysis of device performance before prototype manufacturing and test—saving development time and costs.

Automation Built on Experience

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

APPLICATIONS

Solve Your Toughest Design Challenges

Focused on all aspects of RF/Microwave design, AWR Design Environment provides the comprehensive platform you need. No matter the challenge, we have targeted solutions and resources to help you resolve them . 

Amplifiers

Address your bandwidth, efficiency, and linearity challenges head-on with advanced harmonic-balance simulation as well as powerful load-pull analysis and impedance-matching circuit synthesis.

Antennas

Design, optimize, and integrate antennas/arrays with certainty using the powerful AWR EM technologies to simulate antenna metrics such as gain, return loss, radiation efficiency, and currents.

Communications

Confidently develop and integrate 5G enabling technologies with the AWR proprietary, phased-array generator, standard-specific 5G signal waveforms, and virtual RF modulated test benches.

Filters

Leverage our integrated planar MoM, 3D FEM, and EM solvers to design complex filter solutions with the low passband insertion loss and the sufficient stopband rejection needed.

Passives

Take advantage of increased power-handling capabilities and drive successful passive component design focused on reducing device footprint, costs, and associated insertion losses.

Radar

Accurately represent signal generation, transmission, phased-arrays, T/R switching, clutter, noise, jamming, and signal processing, to confidently tackle the design challenges for modern radar systems.

PRODUCTS

Solutions for All Aspects of RF/Microwave Design

Achieve optimal performance and reliable results for first-pass success with easily-managed integrated-circuit (IC), package, and printed-circuit board (PCB) modeling, simulation, and verification.

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Microwave Office

Circuit design software that delivers accurate simulation for RF/microwave product development

Leading manufacturers use Microwave Office circuit design software to accelerate product development of high-frequency electronics. The intuitive interface, innovative design automation, and powerful harmonic-balance circuit simulation ensure greater engineering productivity and accelerated design cycles. RF-aware layout, high-frequency models, design automation, and powerful HB simulator ensure greater engineering productivity and speed up design cycles for today’s most challenging applications.   

What Our Users Have to Say

Every designer faces a choice during the design cycle: do I believe the simulation results displayed by the software, or not? I trusted the predictions and, thanks to AWR Microwave Office, the new design worked perfectly. The performance we achieved is unlike any other MMIC ever produced.

Christopher Marki - Marki Microwave

Key Features

  • Schematic/Layout – Synchronous schematic/layout design entry with industry-leading tuning
  • APLAC – Linear and nonlinear harmonic-balance circuit simulation
  • EM Analysis – Fully integrated electromagnetic (EM) with AWR AXIEM and AWR Analyst tools 
  • Load-Pull – State-of-the-art load-pull analysis with harmonic and video-band tuning 
  • Stability – New fast, rigorous loop circuit envelope analysis for multi-stage and balanced amplifier stability
  • DRC/LVS – Design rule checking/layout vs. schematic

WHATS NEW

AWR Design Environment v15

Version 15 (V15) offers new and enhanced technologies that provide greater design efficiency and first-pass success to engineering teams developing or integrating III-V ICs, multi-technology modules, and PCB assemblies for 5G, automotive, and aerospace/defense applications. Engineering productivity is improved with new analyses, faster and higher-capacity simulation technologies, time-saving design automation, and 5G New Radio (NR) compliant test benches that support power amplifier and antenna/array design, electromagnetic modeling, and RF/microwave integration across heterogenous technologies.

v15 Highlights

Develop oscillation-free PAs with fast, rigorous stability analysis/optimization
Perform rigorous stability analysis for multi-stage amplifiers and transistors connected in parallel with far fewer computations. The faster simulation time makes this new technique suited for optimizing stabilization networks.

Reduce IMD with advanced load-pull analysis
Minimize intermodulation distortion (IMD) of wideband amplifiers using optimal low-frequency (F1-F2) source/load impedances derived from two-tone load-pull simulations.s.

Design-in-place with integrated transmission-line calculator/synthesis
Calculate and set transmission line dimensions directly from a schematic for a specified impedance and electrical length from the microstrip, stripline, coplanar or rectangular waveguide, or coaxial components and accelerate the design of distributed networks such as Wilkinson dividers, branchline couplers, and quarter-wave transformers.

Synthesize MMIC and PCB matching circuits with PDK/vendor components
Address challenging wide- and multi-band PAs and inter-stage impedance matching design using networks synthesized with components from the Microwave Office® vendor library and foundry-authorized process design kits (PDKs).

Analyze EM structures faster with more intelligent adaptive meshing
AXIEM® meshing and solver technology improvements provide faster, more robust EM analysis. Automatically detect and fix problematic mesh facets and address manufacturing details that do not impact electrical behavior.

Optimize and plot performance with peak antenna measurements
Plot and optimize antenna radiation pattern peaks for E-Phi, E-Theta, E-LHCP, E-RHCP, and total radiate power as a function of swept frequency directly from measurement and optimization dialog boxes.

Evaluate designs with preconfigured 5G NR test benches/libraries 
New test benches accelerate component design and evaluation processes with preconfigured 5G NR TX and RX blocks and measurements. The 5G NR library contains TX/RX functionality for DL/UL modes, supporting FR1 and FR2 frequency bands and test models for DL signal source and receiver configurations.

Manage multiplexed signals with phased array MIMO bus support 
The phased-array model block operating in multiple-in-multiple-out (MIMO) mode now supports busses on the circuit and radiated sides of the array assembly, offering more comprehensive RF modeling of multiplexed signals. 

Investigate PA linearization with DPD
The new digital predistortion (DPD) block offers algorithms to linearize nonlinear amplifiers. The new DPD model supports memory polynomial, generalized memory polynomial, dynamic deviation reduction of 2nd order (DDR2), and lookup tables. 

Evaluate designs with preconfigured 5G NR test benches/libraries 
New test benches accelerate component design and evaluation processes with preconfigured 5G NR TX and RX blocks and measurements. The 5G NR library contains TX/RX functionality for DL/UL modes, supporting FR1 and FR2 frequency bands and test models for DL signal source and receiver configurations.

Manage multiplexed signals with phased array MIMO bus support 
The phased-array model block operating in multiple-in-multiple-out (MIMO) mode now supports busses on the circuit and radiated sides of the array assembly, offering more comprehensive RF modeling of multiplexed signals. 

Investigate PA linearization with DPD
The new digital predistortion (DPD) block offers algorithms to linearize nonlinear amplifiers. The new DPD model supports memory polynomial, generalized memory polynomial, dynamic deviation reduction of 2nd order (DDR2), and lookup tables. 

TECHNOLOGIES

Multi-Fabric Implementation to Meet Your
  Design Requirements

AWR Design Environment is built to support your RF/Microwave designs across multiple fabrics. From on chip RF structures to full RF board solution we have the technology you need to match your needs.

RF PCBs

Simulation and design flow technologies for high-frequency printed-circuit board (PCB) development

To support increasing functionality, printed-circuit boards (PCBs) use more complex board structures designed for a range of specialized applications. Offering a layout-driven design methodology for complex RF PCBs, AWR software supports accurate modeling of PCB transmission media from the RF signal path to digital control and DC bias lines. Circuit/system and electromagnetic co-simulation provides first-pass design success with complete PCB analysis of surface-mount components, interconnecting transmission lines, and embedded and distributed passive elements, as well as EM verification.

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