AWR Press Release 1-19-2009
AWR Acquires Simulation Technology and Applied Research, Inc. (STAAR)
Sherry Hessident of Marketing
Brings Powerful Parallelized 3D Finite Element (FEM) Electromagnetic (EM)
Technology to AWR Product Portfolio
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — January 19, 2009 — AWR, the innovation leader in high-frequency electronic design
automation (EDA), today announced it has acquired Simulation Technology and Applied Research, Inc., (STAAR), of
Mequon, WI, a developer of 3D parallelized FEM tools for EM simulation of components and subsystems operating at
RF and microwave frequencies. STAAR is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of AWR Corporation, retaining its operations
and facilities in Wisconsin, and under the continued guidance of STAAR founder Dr. John DeFord.
STAAR after spending much of 2008 evaluating 3D EM technologies and firms in response to customer demand for a
seamlessly-integrated 3D FEM tool within the AWR Design Environment™.
AWR concluded the acquisition of STAAR in December 2008, at the end of another record-breaking quarter for the
company. For the year, sales grew in excess of 22% over 2007, driven by strong demand for the company's new AXIEM
3D planar EM simulator.
STAAR, a profitable company that was launched in 1997, has developed proprietary
parallelized 3D FEM EM simulation and analysis capability, which is embodied in its Analyst™ software. Analyst
software is the result of more than a decade of development at STAAR in collaboration with the U.S. Department of
Defense and U. S. Department of Energy, and has been employed to analyze extremely-complex RF and microwave
structures at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and Naval Research
"The entire team at STAAR is delighted that our Analyst technology was found to be the most
compelling 3D FEM EM software for AWR to offer to its customer base," said John DeFord, STAAR founder. "STAAR's
product line, corporate philosophy of simulation accuracy and scalability, along with excellent customer service
aligns well with AWR's corporate culture. Analyst software is a natural complement to AWR's existing product
portfolio and we're excited by the prospect of taking the Analyst solution global via AWR's worldwide sales,
marketing, and support organization."
Analysis of EM fields in complex structures, such as complete
Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (MMICs), densely-populated RF circuit boards, and multifunction modules,
frequently requires large amounts of memory and processing power that can overburden even the most capable of
today's "high-end" workstations. Many of these problems can be solved, but with limited accuracy for want of
greater system resources. Analyst software addresses this deficiency by employing scalable decomposition
algorithms to optimize cluster computing resources, resulting in dramatically reduced computation times, improved
accuracy, and a greater return on investment in computer hardware. By supporting both shared- and
distributed-memory systems, the Analyst 3D FEM EM tool is easily configured to work with common computing
"The unique 3D FEM EM analysis technologies developed by John DeFord and his colleagues are a perfect
complement to our current EM solutions such as the award-winning AXIEM planar simulator," said Sherry Hess, VP
Marketing at AWR. "Analyst's novel parallelized 3D FEM technologies provide exceptional power and scalability
beyond anything available on the market today and alongside AXIEM 3D planar EM software gives designers the
ability to solve a wide range of designs."
Editors: Readers can get more detailed information by visiting
www.awrcorp.com/analyst, by calling AWR at (310) 726-3000, by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or by contacting their local AWR representative.
AWR is the innovation leader in high-frequency EDA software that
dramatically reduces development time and cost for products employed in wireless, high-speed wired broadband,
aerospace and defense, and electro-optical applications. The company's core technology is unique among
high-frequency EDA platforms in that it is inherently open and flexible. AWR continually strengthens its product
portfolio with innovative new technologies that enable faster, more streamlined product development, the most
recent of which are the ACE™, RFA™, and AXIEM™ tools. The privately-held company has thousands of active users and
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