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Below are the old forum threads, including responses to the original posts.
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Post subject: WHICH SIMULATION AND DESIGN TOOLS FOR SMALL
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2004 8:49 am
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
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!
lance AT RFdude.com
Post subject: Re: WHICH
SIMULATION AND DESIGN TOOLS FOR SMALL COMPANY ?
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!
I would give eagleware
Genesys a try. They'll give you a demo license that'll work for 30 days
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).
Fri Aug 20, 2004 11:37 am
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
Post subject: Eagleware the
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.
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.
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!
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.