Ansoft Unveils HFSS v11 for Full-wave Electromagnetic Field Simulation

Ansoft Corporation (NASDAQ:ANST) announces the release of HFSS(TM) v11. This release of Ansoft’s flagship product features new technology that delivers even greater accuracy, capacity and performance than before. HFSS v11 includes new higher-order hierarchical basis functions combined with an iterative solver that provides accurate fields using smaller meshes and thus more efficient solutions for large multi-wavelength structures. A new fault tolerant, high-quality finite element meshing algorithm allows HFSS to simulate very complex models two to five times faster using half of the memory compared to previous versions.

“The new technology in HFSS v11 allows our customers to perform massive simulations of structures that were simply too large to solve previously,” said Dr. Zoltan Cendes, Ansoft’s chairman and chief technology officer. “Designers of high-frequency and high-speed components now have the ability to explore electromagnetic performance over a range of dimensions, orientations, material parameters and frequencies and hence to gain design insights that were not possible before.”

HFSS is the standard for 3D full-wave electromagnetic field simulation, a critical aspect in designing high-performance electronic devices that are more portable, smaller in size and operate at higher frequencies. These devices include RF/microwave components, on-chip passives, PCB interconnects, antennas and IC packages.

The dynamic link between HFSS and the company’s advanced, combined frequency- and time-domain circuit simulator Nexxim(R), and Ansoft Designer(R), the company’s integrated schematic and design management front-end, creates a powerful electromagnetic-based design flow. This design flow enables users to merge complex, highly nonlinear transistor-level circuits with 3D full-wave accurate component models to solve challenging high-performance electronic designs.

Highlights of HFSS v11

  • Higher-order, hierarchical basis functions
  • Iterative solver
  • Enhanced port solver
  • Floquet ports
  • Genetic algorithm to expand optimization choices
  • Auto-assign capability for terminals
  • Fault tolerant, high-quality finite element mesh generation algorithm
  • Automatic Distributed Solve of discrete and interpolating frequency sweeps
  • Distributed Solve for parametric sweeps, sensitivity and statistical analysis
  • Refined user interface and dynamic link capabilities

Pricing and Availability
HFSS v11 is available on the following operating systems: Microsoft Windows(R) 2000 Professional, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP x64 Edition, Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux(R) v3, Solaris(R) 8 and Solaris 9. For pricing information, contact your nearest Ansoft sales office.

About HFSS
HFSS is the industry-standard software for S-parameter and Full-Wave SPICE(TM) extraction and for the electromagnetic simulation of high-frequency and high-speed components. HFSS is widely used for the design of on-chip embedded passives, PCB interconnects, antennas, RF/microwave components and high-frequency IC packages.

About Ansoft
Ansoft is a leading developer of high-performance electronic design automation (EDA) software. Engineers use Ansoft software to design state-of-the-art electronic products, such as cellular phones, Internet-access devices, broadband networking components and systems, integrated circuits (ICs), printed circuit boards (PCBs), automotive electronic systems and power electronics. Ansoft markets its products worldwide through its own direct sales force and has comprehensive customer-support and training offices throughout North America, Asia and Europe.