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George E
Post subject: WHICH SIMULATION AND DESIGN TOOLS FOR SMALL COMPANY ?
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2004 8:49 am

I Work for a small company (about 80 people) doing all aspects of RF design of radio equipment upto about 1GHz. Most work is currently carried out using the wet grey bit between the ears together with prototype testing and a smattering of limited simulation and modelling using tools such as RFSIM (Freeware S parameter tool) and SIMETRIX (Freeware time domain simulation tool).

Can anyone recommend any simulation/modelling and generally useful allround PC tools that dont need a year or two to learn how to drive them. I am looking for user friendly and intuitive interface type things. Dont want to spend a fortune either. I think the likes of ADS are totally out of the question!

ANYONE !


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lance AT RFdude.com
Post subject: Re: WHICH SIMULATION AND DESIGN TOOLS FOR SMALL COMPANY ?
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2004 10:12 am

George E wrote:
I Work for a small company (about 80 people) doing all aspects of RF design of radio equipment upto about 1GHz. Most work is currently carried out using the wet grey bit between the ears together with prototype testing and a smattering of limited simulation and modelling using tools such as RFSIM (Freeware S parameter tool) and SIMETRIX (Freeware time domain simulation tool).

Can anyone recommend any simulation/modelling and generally useful allround PC tools that dont need a year or two to learn how to drive them. I am looking for user friendly and intuitive interface type things. Dont want to spend a fortune either. I think the likes of ADS are totally out of the question!

ANYONE !


I would give eagleware Genesys a try. They'll give you a demo license that'll work for 30 days or so.

I have done work for them in the past, so I'm biased... but before that I bought a copy of their software for home projects and consulting work. I find it quite handy, and even with the basic suite you get a layout tool which you can use for prototypes and to help the CAD folks get your layout right (I often export DXF or gerbers so that they can import them and use them as a guideline for their layout, since it can't be imported and used directly that easily).

-Lance


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Itay
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Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2004 11:37 am

Greetings,

I certainly agree with Lance. Genesys would do the work for you in a fairly low cost. It is very intuitive and user friendly tool. I have been using this design tool for the last 3 years, and it is excellent. It includes linear and non-linear engines and libraries with devices

Good luck,
Itay


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Guest
Post subject: Eagleware the practical choice
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 8:34 am

When I first started using Eagleware I was under the impression that you get what you pay for. But like any simulator the simulation is only as godd as the time you put into the models. I have now designed several circuits using Eagleware and found that the measured and simulated results are extremely close in most cases and the times that they were off was because I failed to model or layout the board as modelled. Many MMIC design houses are stuck with Agilent because they have spent years and $$$$$ in developing models for design and are therefore reluctant to change. I would definetly recommend Eagleware.


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Camembert
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Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 12:28 am

Try the tips on RF cafe and sage.. Agree. If you spend weeks learning the $80k package, it is worth of nothing. RFSim is quite intelligent and intuitive. With only few problems-phase shift with single component is wrong. Higher order is OK.
Do you know about nice schematic capture tool with .net output?
Easy, fast, custom components. I have high blood pressure from P-cad, eagle, ExpressPCB.


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Guest
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Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2004 12:27 pm

If you need electromagnetic analysis (for example, microstrip filters, couplers, etc.) try Sonnet Lite (free). You can download it from www.sonnetsoftware.com . It's good stuff! If it works for you they'll be happy to sell you upgrades <grin> - and you might not even mind the price, given its accuracy!


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Guest
Post subject: Eagleware-Sonnet Interface
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2004 4:19 pm

THe latest version of Eagleware also has a Sonnet interface that allows you to launch Sonnet directly from within Eagleware Genesys and include lumped elements automatically.




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