Ansoft Corporation (NASDAQ:ANST) announced a strategic partnership with ZTE Corporation (000063.SZ, 0763.HK), China’s largest listed telecommunications equipment provider of customized network solutions for telecom carriers worldwide. Using Ansoft signal and power integrity analysis software, ZTE engineers are now able to predict radiated emissions and induced interference from printed circuit boards (PCBs) and to examine multiple PCBs within a cabinet to determine trends for system-level emission. The new design methodology has allowed ZTE to eliminate expensive build-test-repeat iterations in their design cycle.
“Our engineers are very experienced in PCB design and needed to expand capabilities for EMI/EMC. Previously, we were using expensive and time-consuming prototyping and testing to make sure the design performance met requirements,” said Mr. Zhu Shunlin, chief engineer of the EDA group at ZTE. “Ansoft’s design methodology and technical support team helped us solve this issue, improve product performance, reduce cost and speed our time to market. We have taken our R&D team’s capabilities to the next level.”
The design flow is comprised of Ansoft’s HFSS(TM), the industry-leading full-wave electromagnetic field simulation software; SIwave(TM), a full-wave electromagnetic field simulator optimized for PCB signal and power integrity analysis; and DesignerSI(TM), an integrated schematic and design management front-end for signal integrity analysis and system verification. ZTE engineers perform board-level simulations in SIwave to produce accurate full-wave modeling and to develop design rules so they can design with EMC compliance in mind. They combine results from individual board simulations in more comprehensive HFSS simulations of full 3D systems including multiple boards placed in a backplane and chassis. This design flow has allowed ZTE to improve signal integrity, reduce emissions and eliminate unnecessary shielding.
“With the increased clock speed and operating frequencies of today’s PCBs, it is essential that companies adopt an electromagnetic-based design flow to understand the performance of high-speed electronic products,” said Thomas Flynn, vice president of sales at Ansoft. “It is an honor to partner with ZTE and help them achieve first-pass system success in designing their high-performance telecommunications equipment.”
ZTE is China’s largest listed telecom manufacturer with shares publicly traded on both the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Founded in 1985, with global headquarters in Shenzhen China, and operations in more than 100 countries, ZTE is a leading global provider of fixed line and mobile telecommunications equipment and network solutions. ZTE’s product range is the most complete in the world—covering virtually every sector of the wireline, wireless and terminal markets. The company delivers innovative, custom-made products and services to major operators in the world, helping them to achieve continued revenue growth and to shape the future of the world’s communications.
Ansoft is a leading developer of high-performance electronic design automation (EDA) software. Engineers use Ansoft software to achieve first-pass system success when designing mobile communication and Internet-access devices, broadband networking components and systems, integrated circuits (ICs), printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electromechanical systems. 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.