CST STUDIO SUITE Version 2016 Now Shipping

CST 2016

Computer Simulation Technology (CST) has announced the release of the 2016 version of the electromagnetic simulation tool, CST STUDIO SUITE. The latest edition has been developed to both extend the capabilities of the software and to improve its foundations.

The CST STUDIO SUITE is an EM simulation software package containing solvers for applications across the electromagnetic spectrum, as well as multi-physics and particle applications. All of its tools are available within a single graphical user interface with strong integration between them. Engineers and researchers in a wide range of industries use CST STUDIO SUITE to develop new ideas, optimize their products, and ensure standards compliance. The 2016 release this software packs in a number of new features that allow simulation to be used in new ways in the design process.

The Integral Equation Solver (I-solver) now includes Characteristic Mode Analysis (CMA), a method for investigating the behaviour of a radiating structure by calculating the current modes that it can support. The primary benefit of CMA is that it gives engineers a better physical understanding which allows them to improve the antenna design or to develop new antenna concepts.

With the new transient combine results feature, the coupling of full wave 3D field solvers with the circuit simulation reaches a new level of integration. It allows the visualization of field and currents form a circuit connected to the 3D model even considering non-linear and switching elements on the schematic. This is particularly useful in EMC simulation of switched devices for example in the power electronics industry.

The new moving mesh technology allows an existing tetrahedral volume mesh to be adjusted without changing its topology to fit the new structure when parameters are changed. This saves time and reduces the noise associated with changes in mesh topology, allowing much more accurate optimization of devices whose behaviour is sensitive to small geometric changes, e.g. of filters.

CST has supported Linux in HPC cluster environments for many years, and CST STUDIO SUITE 2016 extends this support to the individual workstation. Users can now run the CST STUDIO SUITE interface interactively on their own desktop, giving Linux users access to the powerful 3D modeling tools and results viewer and greatly increasing the number of tasks that can be performed entirely in a Linux environment.

Shipping of CST STUDIO SUITE 2016 has now started, and it can also be ordered online for electronic delivery.

Highlights of CST STUDIO SUITE 2016


  • Interactive Linux frontend
  • Stage view and “exploded” component view
  • Bending and twisting of layered and 3D structures
  • New user-friendly Job Control Center
  • Improved Array Wizard


  • Moving mesh optimization for tetrahedral mesh
  • Hybrid curved surface mesh
  • Intelligent mesh adaptation
  • Sliding mesh for multi-part motors

Transient solver and TLM solver

  • Air vent material
  • Thin panel material defined by S-parameters
  • TLM mesh visualization

Frequency domain solver: Improved tetrahedral mesh refinement

Integral equation solver

  • Characteristic Mode Analysis (CMA)
  • Infinite real ground

Asymptotic solver

  • GPU acceleration and distributed computing
  • Near field probes

Particle Tracking Solver: Tetrahedral mesh support

Circuit simulation: Transient Task with Combine Results


  • Signal Specification Library for automated rule checking
  • Chip Interface for IC import
  • Automatic IBIS corner sweep
  • Cable impedance calculator