See What's New in CST STUDIO SUITE 2017

At the European Microwave Week, held in London from 2-6 September, 2016, Computer Simulation Technology previewed the upcoming version of their flagship electromagnetic (EM) simulation tool, CST STUDIO SUITE 2017.

CST STUDIO SUITE is used by engineers, designers and researchers in market-leading companies in industries including automotive, aerospace, defense, electronics, healthcare and telecommunications. It offers a range of both general purpose and specialized solvers for EM and multiphysics problems in one user-friendly interface. Accurately simulating the phenomena that appear when components are combined into systems has long been a priority for CST, and CST STUDIO SUITE 2017 includes several new features which allow individual components to be combined and simulated effectively.

On of the new features in the CST STUDIO SUITE 2017 is Filter Designer 3D (FD3D) - a design and synthesis tool for cross-coupled cavity filters. With FD3D, filter designers can design for arbitrary filter response with easy placement of transmission zeros and a wide range of coupling resonator topologies available to realize the corresponding filter response. It can also extract the coupling matrix which helps to analyze and tune a device, and is the first commercial product to include diplexer filter synthesis. When combined with CST’s unique moving mesh technology and the advanced trust region framework optimizer, FD3D allows the user to design complex high order and multimode cavity filters with unprecedented precision.

The asymptotic solver, CST’s ray-tracing (SBR) solver for the analysis of very large platforms, makes a significant advance with the introduction of antenna-to-antenna coupling. Antennas can be imported as nearfield or farfield sources and integrated on the platform, and the asymptotic solver can calculate the coupling parameters between them. This feature is especially useful for system integrators because antenna field sources can be imported from a variety of solvers or from measurement. Data from a wide variety sources can be brought together in a single system-level simulation. Combined with the new nearfield monitor, users can now identify the coupling paths between antennas efficiently, and the new Interference Task can identify potential EMC issues caused by co-site interference.

The new versions of the CST STUDIO SUITE also sees significant improvements to its class leading Array Designer. The current version of the array wizard already allows users to design and synthesize antenna arrays, from individual elements up to full arrays. The 2017 version will add support for non-periodic and arbitrary 3D arrays, automatically constructing the full 3D simulation models. Even large arrays can then be simulated accurately and quickly, on modest hardware, using CST’s numerically efficient time domain solver with conformal meshing technology.

Full-system simulation is becoming increasingly important for their customers across a range of industries and fields, whether they’re designing a device such as a cross-coupled filter, an antenna array, or integrating multiple components on a platform such as a phone or an aircraft. This new update has addressed this requirement.

Highlights of CST STUDIO SUITE 2017

General -

  • Shared 3D component library
  • Parametric tuning
  • Poser for voxel models
  • Interference Task for co-site interference analysis

Transient solver -

  • New port types
  • Automatic detection of identical ports for arrays
  • Lossy metal with coating and surface roughness
  • Anisotropic thin-panel material

Frequency domain solver -

  • Lumped element SPICE circuits integrated in 3D model
  • Automatic workflow wizard for biased ferrites

Integral equation solver -

  • Tabulated surface impedance material
  • Automatic creation of nubs for wire antennas

Asymptotic solver -

  • Antenna-to-antenna coupling
  • 2D nearfield monitors

Multiphysics -

  • Conjugate heat transfer solver for electronics cooling

CST STUDIO SUITE 2017 is due for release at the end of Q1 2017.