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NI AWR Design Environment v12, First Major Release in 2015

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NI AWR Design Environment v12, First Major Release in 2015

El Segundo, Calif. – June 22, 2015 – NI (formerly AWR Corporation) announces the availability of the first major release in 2015 of NI AWR Design Environment™ for designers of monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), radio-frequency printed circuit boards (RF PCBs), modules and more. V12 was previewed for the first time at International Microwave Symposium 2015 (IMS2015) in May 2015, creating significant interest, and feedback from early-access customers has been very positive.

NI AWR Design Environment v12 Now Available - RF Cafe

This latest release boasts new load-pull and antenna- and radar-specific features, as well as ease-of-use improvements, speed enhancements and third-party integration flows for improved stability analysis and design rule checking/layout versus schematic.

Select highlights of V12 NI AWR Design Environment include:

Microwave Office/ Analog Office

  • View measured data and design matching networks using swept load-pull files
  • APLAC tuning and optimization speed enhancements
  • Improved simulation control
  • Schematic editing, layout viewing and layout editing improvements

Analyst™ and AXIEM

  • Easier 3D EM setup and an improved 3D editor experience; geometry cleanup and standard for the exchange of product model data (STEP) import for Analyst
  • Anisotropic dielectric materials support for AXIEM
  • Faster and more accurate simulation results due to threading, frequency sweep algorithm improvements, meshing options/refinement enhancements and a remote simulation option
  • Visualization of the impact of circuits on antenna patterns

Visual System Simulator™ (VSS)

  • An enhanced phased-array block and simplified Microwave Office consistent VSS sources
  • Bidirectional blocks for more readily managing both transmit and receive systems
  • RF models auto-configuration option for phased-array block, WLAN 802.11ac library, enhanced radar library and more

Pricing and Availability

V12 NI AWR Design Environment is availability immediately. Contact your local NI AWR software sales representative for more information, specific pricing and licensing options. To learn more about V12 NI AWR Design Environment, visit awrcorp.com/v12.


About NI AWR Software

The NI AWR Design Environment software portfolio includes RF/microwave electronic design automation (EDA) tools such as Visual System Simulator for system design, Microwave Office/Analog Office for microwave/RF circuit design, and AXIEM and Analyst for electromagnetic analysis. NI AWR software tools help design engineers to dramatically reduce development time and cost for components, circuits, systems and subsystems employed in wireless, high-speed wired, broadband, aerospace and defense, and electro-optical applications. Readers can learn more at ni.com/awr.

About National Instruments

Since 1976, NI has made it possible for engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges with powerful, flexible technology solutions that accelerate productivity and drive rapid innovation. Customers from a wide variety of industries–from healthcare to automotive and from consumer electronics to particle physics–use NI’s integrated hardware and software platform to improve the world we live in.



Sherry Hess
Vice President of Marketing
AWR Group, NI
(310) 726-3000



Posted June 24, 2015

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