AWR Scores News Successes with Asia Pacific Technology Universities
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Mar. 11, 2013 –
the innovation leader in high-frequency EDA software, today announces
the addition of two new stories to its roster of university student
and professor design successes using AWR software. These new stories
include contributions from Okinawa National College of Technology in
Japan and Macquarie University in Australia.
Okinawa National College
Dr. Koyu Chinen, professor at Okinawa National
College of Technology (ONCT), is an expert in designing transmitter/receiver
modules for optical communications systems (including 25 years at Toshiba).
Dr. Chinen not only uses AWR design tools for his courses at ONCT, he
also uses both
Microwave Office® circuit design software and
Visual System Simulator™ (VSS) systems design software for his research
projects, the most recent of which is the design of a large, complex
climatology communication system using WiMAX, optical communications,
and a climate satellite from the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric
“I began using AWR software in teaching
not just because it was easy to learn but because it combines component-level
circuit design with system-level and EM tools in a single environment,”
said Dr. Chinen. “This is a great advantage to students learning microwave
and RF concepts. In addition, the combination of AWR’s Microwave
Office and VSS software has proven to be the best match for my research.
The tools are very efficient, which was essential in one
Dr. Michael Heimlich, Concentration
of Research Excellence (CoRE) professor in wireless communication at
Macquarie University, uses AWR software for both his undergraduate classes
in electronic devices and systems and his advanced digital and RFIC
design classes. Students in his third year classes use Microwave Office
software throughout the semester to do laboratory assignments in basic
amplifier, mixer, and oscillator design. His advanced students in the
digital design and analog RFIC design classes joined forces to design
a wireless DSP chip for use as a “smart microphone” for the Sydney Opera
House. The students used Silanna’s 0.25um silicon-on-insulator (SOI)
complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process, partitioning
the design into a binary phase-shift keying (BPSK) wireless front end
and digital backend, and designing the various parts. Students
were required to not only design their particular piece all the way
through to layout and verification; they also had to partition the design
between the two classes as well as down to each individual student.
“One of the hallmarks of AWR software is its unique ability to make
the complex task of circuit design far more comprehensible and straightforward
for users with varying levels of experience,” said Dr. Heimlich. “I
use AWR software for both my beginning and advanced undergraduate engineering
classes thanks to these unique features that enable less experienced
students to achieve design success.”
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