Running On Star Power

What can generate four times more energy than a nuclear power plant and nearly four million times more energy than burning oil or coal? Fusion energy, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. A fusion reaction happens as the result of a collision between two light atomic nuclei to form a heavier one. All of this occurs within plasma: a hot, charged gas of positive ions and free-mov... » read more

The Computational Electromagnetics Simulation Challenge Of 3D-IC

By Kelly Damalou and Matt Commens Innovation in semiconductor design today is energized primarily by AI/ML, data centers, autonomous and electric vehicles, 5G/6G, and IoT. Recently developed 2.5 and 3D-IC silicon-based packaging technologies have advanced the state of the art beyond SoC technologies which first united digital, analog, and memory functions on a single chip in the '90s. These ... » read more

A Look Inside RF Design

RF EDA continues pushing the boundaries for today’s complex system designs. Connected workflows are creating shift left opportunities for engineering in virtual space. RF and microwave architects and designers can accelerate design and verification with powerful electromagnetic (EM) modeling and simulation technology. In the webinar for the 2023 launch of PathWave Advanced Design System (ADS)... » read more

Electromagnetic Simulation And 3D-IC Interposers

By Matt Commens, Juliano Mologni, and Pete Gasperini Today’s 3D integrated circuit (3D-IC) technology is the culmination of 40 years of research in universities and laboratories scattered across the globe. Beginning with dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) deployments that appeared on the market a decade ago, 3D-IC has since expanded its reach. It is now decisively beginning to achieve the... » read more

The Foundations Of Computational Electromagnetics

Maxwell’s Equations can be expressed in multiple variants – there are integral and differential versions in both frequency and time domains, along with quasi-static and full-wave forms. Their elegance is evident upon sight yet for only the simplest systems are there known solutions. Thus, without assumptions to simplify the math and/or system under study, it is frequently impossible to full... » read more

The Physics Of Ports And Associated Ground For EM Simulators Serving RF Designs

The use of ports in electromagnetic (EM) simulators has evolved and matured over the years to make real-world design simulations practical. Having a foundational understanding of ports provides an intuitive skill in their proper selection and use in conjunction with circuit simulation. In this white paper, we examine ports common to EM simulators, which are the most common simulators for microw... » read more

The Impact Of Multiphysics On Production Electronic Design

For many electronic design professionals, it has become clear that the industry is transitioning through an inflection point that is shifting some of the ground rules of design. The increase in the speed and integration density in today’s systems are blurring the lines between chip design and traditional board or system design. This finds its fullest expression in multi-die, 3D integrated ... » read more

Innovations In High-Frequency Electromagnetic Simulation

High-frequency electromagnetic simulation has evolved from “wow, now I can see how electromagnetic fields behave” to needing to know how various EM fields interact in large, complex systems. During that time, I have been an R&D engineer and I have managed a team implementing various solver technologies. We’ve been presented with plenty of challenges as electronics have continued to pr... » read more

10X Faster Electromagnetic 3D Simulation

Virtual prototypes are essential to optimize the signal integrity performance of their high-performance electronics products. Today, engineering teams are pushing to get fast electromagnetic (EM) simulations of printed circuit boards (PCB) and 3D chip packages in just a few hours with the highest level of accuracy. The state of the art in EM simulation has come a long way: Back in 2000 it wa... » read more

Simulating The Hyperloop

When SpaceX held the first Hyperloop Design Weekend Competition in Texas in January 2016, a team of five students from the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) in Spain, calling themselves Hyperloop UPV, won awards for Best Overall Concept Design and Best Propulsion System. The overall concept was to use magnetic levitation to give their Hyperloop vehicle a frictionless ride through t... » read more

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