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System simulators listed here apply primarily to those used for analog, RF, and microwave circuits. Designing high frequency systems for first-pass success requires a very high level of sophistication by the software. It must contain system models that accurately compute values that take into account component and subsystem level parameters like noise figure, intercept points, over-the-air links, gain, intermodulation products, etc. Generally, price correlates directly to the capability of the software.|
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El Segundo, CA
Tel (310) 726-3000
AWR, the innovation leader
in high-frequency EDA, provides software solutions that maximize user productivity for the design of high-frequency
ICs and communications systems for the aerospace / defense, semiconductor, computer, consumer electronics, and telecommunications
Free Trial Downloads Available
– complete RF and microwave software for IC design, from integrated microwave assemblies to MMICs and everything
Visual System Simulator™ – RF/wireless communication systems software for end-to-end
design of today's complex communication and radar systems.
Office® - high-frequency analog/RFIC software for the design of RF and analog ICs.
– 3D planar EM simulation of passive components on RF PCBs, modules, LTCCs, MMICs, RFICs, and antennas.
- 3D FEM EM simulator for passive interconnect on chip (MMIC), its related packaging, as well as RF circuit boards.
800-452-4844 | Santa Clara, CA
Test equipment, racks, cables, adapters, amplifiers, cables, RF switches, EEsof EDA products.
AlphiMAX PtP Estimator
The Point-To-Point Estimator is a free web based tool that will enable you to compare manufacturers, simply and accurately, while taking into account the terrain of your area, products’ performance and more.
Amplifonix (now Spectrum Microwave)
888-553-7531 | Philadelphia, PA
Hybrid amplifiers to 2 GHz and VCOs to 20 GHz. 750 datasheets to choose from with customizations requested. Industry standard packages, aggressive lead times and great customer service, "Cascade" system simulator software - FREE.
412-261-3200 | Pittsburgh, PA
Ansoft Designer is the seamless solution for physics-based RF, high-speed, & communication design. By linking physical attributes to electrical performance, Ansoft Designer makes it possible to get it right the first time. With Ansoft's Solver on Demand technology & seamless integration, the software eliminates design risk & uncertainty by providing engineers with the information necessary to make correct decisions during all stages of the design process.
APLAC Corporation (now AWR)
+358 9 540 450 00 | Espoo, Finland
APLAC Solutions was acquired by Applied Wave Research. AWR-APLAC is the developer of APLAC analog and RFIC circuit simulator. APLAC simulator is now integrated into AWR's Analog and Microwave office design tools.
Applied Wave Research (AWR)
310-726-3000 | El Segundo, CA
High-frequency EDA products for the design of wireless telecom equipment, semiconductors, high-speed computers, networking systems, automotive mobility systems, & a variety of other products. Microwave Office, Analog Office, Visual System Simulator, APLAC, Axiem.
540-586-2757 | Goode, VA
SysCalc linear block-diagram-level RF system simulator.
+33 (0) 562 747 210 | France
312-674-4800 | Chicago, IL
An open, scalable, and flexible multi-technology 64-bit network design and optimisation platform that supports wireless operators throughout the network lifecycle, from initial design to densification and optimisation. Atoll supports the following technologies: GSM/GPRS/EDGE UMTS/HSPA CDMA2000 1xRTT/EV-DO LTE TD-SCDMA WiMAX/BWA.
Avista Design Systems
800-985-6080 | Folsom, CA
Avista Design Systems RF, Microwave.
Broadcast System Planner (EBSP)
A very nice application FM and broadcast TV systems for plotting antenna patterns, calculating power levels and transmission line parameters, and other system data like deicers and radomes. A full report is printable at the end of the analysis. Many white papers available for download on the site as well.
CelPlan Technologies, Inc
703-259-4043 | Reston, VA
Software tools and services for wireless data collection, field measurement, system design, planning, optimization, enhancement, and competitive analysis including CelPlanner, CelOptima, CelEnhancer, CelAir, CelDoc, and many other custom software solutions.
RFProp - propagation calculator for the transmission path between an RF transmitter and a receiver, aimed mainly at free-space & space-wave applications, such as are encountered in VHF, UHF & microwave communications, & also in satellite communications, a knife-edge diffraction calculation is also included which when enabled allows the effects of a hill or other obstruction to be taken into account. - FREE
Eagleware-Elanix Purchased by Agilent
678-291-0995 | Norcross, GA
GENESYS suites: simulation, synthesis, and instrument interface products, advanced simulation and modeling: SPECTRASYS, HARBEC, EMPOWER | ML, etc, synthesis: advanced T/LINE, A/FILTER, EQUALIZE, FILTER, MATCH, M/FILTER, OSCILLATOR, S/FILTER, SIGNAL CONTROL, instrument interface: TESTLINK, SystemView by Elanix.
Ham CAP Propagation Software
HF propagation prediction tool for Amateur Radio by Alex Shovkoplyas, VE3NEA
Ham CAP provides a COM/OLE Automation interface that 3-rd party programs can use to start Ham CAP, to set prediction parameters, and to run predictions. In a typical application integrated with Ham CAP the user will right-click on a call sign, and Ham CAP will pop up and display the point-to-point propagation chart. Incredible graphics!
iBwave Solutions, Inc
514-397-0606 | Montreal, Quebec, Canada
RF-vu Software: In-building wireless design solutions for wireless carriers, equipment suppliers and infrastructure integrators. One tool to manage the complete project lifecycle from design plan to “as built”, includes support for simultaneous design of multiples technologies such as 3G, 2G, Wifi, WIMAX and multiples frequency bands VHF/UHF, Tetra, Public safety700, GSM, UMTS, AWS & more. Automatic calculation, hardware validation, coordination of all documentations, consistence in design & flexibility, RF-vu the ultimate planning tool.
703-848-4750 | ATDI
Modeling platform for planning telecommunication networks and managing frequency spectrum. Focuses on the network design needs for commercial operators, spectrum regulators, equipment manufacturers and consultants. Modeling of heterogeneous networks with dedicated features that address the following technologies.
Metric Systems Corp
800-549-7421 | Vista, CA
Wireless networking equipment & solutions for government & industry, building broadband licensed & unlicensed networks in a range of environments including: critical infrastructure, energy, mining, transportation, seismic monitoring, fresh & waste water management, defense. software tools include: NetBuilder, MavWatch and NetWatch, as well as a range of custom networking applications and utilities.
Mixer Spurious Explorer
by MRF Technologies, LLC
Mixer Spurious Explorer is a tool to investigate and simplify this part of the design process for up and down converters.
Key capabilities: Perform frequency planning for receivers and transmitters. Frequency planning display and spur web display in one software tool. Tuning and animation mode for tunable rs. Addresses block converter and tuned LO converters. Customized mixer spur table.
Naval Research Laboratory
Interactive Scenario Builder is an interactive, three dimensional, Radio Frequency (RF) Tactical Decision Aid (TDA). Builder is a computer simulation tool that provides insight into and visualization of the RF capabilities of platforms in addition to providing geo-spatial & temporal situation awareness (SA). Builder models communication & radar systems by calculating one-way and two-way RF propagation loss. It incorporates complex antenna pattern and radar cross section (RCS) pattern data as well as the effects of meteorology, terrain, environment, and countermeasures when computing power level results. It visualizes many different NGA map products including CADRG and CIB, enhancing the geo-spatial SA of a user and can be used as a pre-mission planning, real-time SA, and as an after-action debriefing tool.
OPNET Technologies, Inc
240-497-3000 | Bethesda, MD
OPNET (OPtimum NETwork performance): advanced optical/wireless network modeling and R&D, network management and design software.
866-576-6784 | Canada
OptiBPM - waveguide optics modeling, Optifiber - optical fiber design, OptiSystem Amplifier Design Edition and OptiSystem Multimode Fiber Edition.
by Contract Telecommunication Engineering
A comprehensive path design tool for radio links operating in the frequency range from 30 MHz to 100 GHz. The program is organized into eight path design modules, an area signal coverage module and a network module which integrates the radio paths and area coverage analysis. Uses NADCON data to transform latitudes and longitudes between the North American Datum of 1927 (NAD27) and the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83).
Pack-IT™ A customized software tool for RF system simulation of packaged chips. Pack-IT models traces, substrate, active, and passive components simultaneously in a self-consistent way, which enables first-pass success for RF system design.
Semi-IT™ A customized software tool for active component design such as a power amplifier (PA). Pack-IT models the PA, substrate, and matching circuits simultaneously in a self-consistent way, which enables first-pass success for RF component design. Please email us at email@example.com with your project request, and one of our technical team will contact you.
ACS designs, develops and sells Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software tools for RF and microwave engineering
applications. ACS's main product is the
circuit simulator and RF Tools products. LINC2 runs on versions of MS Windows for the PC and compatibles.
- Standard & Pro, are linear circuit simulators that include a suite of design and synthesis tools
seamlessly integrated into one program for the ultimate experience in the automated design of RF and microwave circuits.
LINC2 Pro Features:
• Circuit Synthesis
• Accurate Simulation
• Optimization •
Statistical Yield Analysis
• Large Component Library (>30,000 device files)
Visual System Architect --:
• RF System-Level
• Gain, NF, IP2/3, P1dB, etc. • Table or Graph
-- AMP Pro --:
Amplifier Design & Simulation
• LNA, Multi-Stage, Balanced & Unbalanced, Push-Pull
** All products include FREE technical support!**
Motorola's RF & microwave radio link planner that uses terrain properties database.
Radio Engineering Services
+39-0118194575 | Torino, Italy
HERALD Professional - A PC program for Windows to assist the radio engineer in the design of point-to-point microwave links and networks. Site/hop configuration; customized antenna & radio equipment libraries; link ludget; profile analysis (clearance, reflections); multipath outage; rain unavailability; ITU | Bell Labs | ITM propagation modeling; Interference analysis, Passive repeaters; ITU-R & North America performance objectives; One-click access to background theory. Path profiles imported from NASA | SRTM digital terrain maps (free download, worldwide coverage). Output documents in English, Spanish, or Italian.
812-323-8708 | Bloomington/IN
I/Q and single-sideband mixer products for RF/microwave. Quadrature modulators, quadrature demodulators, image-reject mixers, and single-sideband modulators. Solutions for low-IF, zero-IF, and direct conversion Rx/Tx. Download QMSIM, our free quadrature modulator simulation tool, and design your next direct conversion transmitter with ease!
R.A. Wood Associates
315-735-4217 | Utica, NY
Engineering consulting services, computer automated test design & development, engineering prototypes & low rate manufacturing, RF/Microwave system design & analysis, subcontract specifications, wireless system design, custom software program development, LabVIEW software development, lectures & training classes, computer consulting services. Software: SpurFinder, TunerHelper, RFSpecTest, PathLossSolver, Painless Extraction.
Roger Coudé (VE2DBE)
Very nice point-to-point RF & microwave system planning software that uses the U.S. Department of Commerce NTIA/ITS Institute for Telecommunication Sciences Irregular Terrain Model (ITM) database. This is Freeware.
RCC Consultants, Inc
732-404-2400 | Woodbridge, NJ
An international telecommunications consulting, integration, and outsourcing firm who provides solutions to its clients' problems through the application of both wireless and wired communications and information technologies. Full range of processes, tools, and expertise needed to advance a telecommunications business concept or project from a strategy, to a tactical plan, through implementation, to full operation. Our work includes the analysis of user needs, budgeting, design, procurement support, deployment, and management of network infrastructure and/or services. Comsite comprehensive radio frequency engineering software tools.
RF Cascade Workbook 2005
Extensive Excel spreadsheet, RF Workbench block diagram level RF system simulator, Up/Downconverter, Spurious Analysis, Budget - best value out there, RF Component Stencils for Visio, Smith Chart for Visio, Excel Smith Chart, EIA Equipment Rack Stencils for Visio, EIA Tube Bases for Visio, RF Cafe Online Calculators.
914-923-2164 | Ossining, NY
BeamPROP - photonic devices & circuits | LaserMOD - active semiconductor devices, FullWAVE - photonic nanostructure.
Safe Engineering Services
800-668-3737 | Montreal, Quebec Canada
Autogrid Pro - fully automated design of multiple grounding systems of any shape buried in arbitrary soil.
Right-of-Way - accurately compute voltages and currents transferred from electric power lines and cables (by inductive, capacitive and through-earth coupling) to pipelines, railways, communication lines and other such utilities, whether buried or aboveground.
800-728-4033 | Aurora, CO
Terrain Analysis Package - software to perform evaluation of existing or proposed radio transmitter sites; radio coverage predictions, intermodulation studies and radio transmitter site administration; TV and FM broadcasting, MMDS, ITFS, PCS, SCADA, WLL, WiFi, WiMAX, microwave, cellular, paging, air-to-ground, ship-to-shore and conventional two-way radio system design.
SPLAT! for Linux
SPLAT! is an RF Signal Propagation, Loss, And Terrain analysis tool for the spectrum between 20 MHz and 20 GHz.
SPLAT! provides site engineering data such as the great circle distances and bearings between sites, antenna elevation angles (uptilt), depression angles (downtilt), antenna height above mean sea level, antenna height above average terrain, bearings and distances to known obstructions, path loss and field strength based on the Longley-Rice Irregular Terrain Model, and minimum antenna height requirements needed to establish line-of-sight communication paths and Fresnel Zone clearances absent of obstructions due to terrain.
SPLAT! produces reports, graphs, and highly detailed and carefully annotated topographic maps depicting line-of-sight paths, path loss, field strength, and expected coverage areas of transmitters and repeater systems. When performing line-of-sight analysis in situations where multiple transmitter or repeater sites are employed, SPLAT! determines individual and mutual areas of coverage within the network specified.
SPLAT! for Windows
by FUTURADIO, John McMellen (KC0FLR), CBNT
RF propagation modeling with SPLAT! for Windows
Many are probably familiar with John Magliacane's RF Signal Propagation, Loss, And Terrain analysis software (SPLAT!). This software is useful for visualizing terrain and performing Longley-Rice path loss and coverage prediction using the Irregular Terrain Model. It had been only available for the Linux OS. I was able to compile it for Windows with a few minor modifications. This is a command line program, freely available under the GNU GPL. I would be happy to include the source code if you are so inclined.
1-626-471-9700 | Monrovia, CA
Enable designers to move rapidly from concept to silicon by enabling the design, layout, and verification of analog/mixed-signal ICs, ASICs, and MEMS. Tanner EDA solutions offer designers the perfect combination of price and performance to meet any design challenge. The company's solutions include tools for: Schematic Capture: S-Edit, Simulation: T-Spice, W-Edit Physical Layout: L-Edit, Verification: HiPer Verify, L-Edit Standard DRC, L-Edit LVS, and more Parasitic Layout Extraction: HiPer PX, 2D and 3D parasitic layout extraction.
Terrain Analysis Package (TAP)
Radio coverage predictions, intermodulation studies and radio transmitter site administration; TV and FM broadcasting, MMDS, ITFS, PCS, SCADA, WLL, WiFi, WiMAX, microwave, cellular, paging, air-to-ground, ship-to-shore and conventional two-way radio system design.
The Engineers Club
408-445-2902 | San Jose, CA
MxrSpur graphical mixer spurious analysis.
Transmission Link Planner
Alok K. Tiwari, of Idea Cellular Ltd. | Delhi, India
Excel workbook for transmission link planning - FREE
Sheldon C. Shallon
W6ELProp predicts ionospheric (sky-wave) propagation between any two locations on the earth on frequencies between 3 and 30 MHz.
214-207-0516 | Richardson, TX
Athena - RF propagation analysis & planning Tool for the wireless industry, supports CDMA, TDMA, GSM, AMPS, LMDS, MMDS, WLL, point to point microwave, & 3G technologies.
1-888-7REMCOM (1-888-773-6266) | State College, PA
A suite of ray-tracing models and high-fidelity EM solvers for the analysis of site-specific radio propagation and wireless communication systems available through a common user interface.
800-965-3726 | Champaign, IL
Control System Professional - object-oriented environment for solving common problems in control & systems areas within Mathematica.