The accelerated evolution of wireless technologies requires that modeling tools be upgraded regularly to stay abreast of developing trends. To remain the leader in this field, SPEAG constantly follows new trends and applications, often driven by user experience.
A particular highlight of the latest SEMCAD X Matterhorn release is the extension of our 5G Tool Box, making SEMCAD X the sole commercially available solution to offer all features requested by design engineers and regulators for the design of antenna arrays. This includes near-field and far-field optimization with maximum exposure determination for any array, on any surface, and at any distance.
In response to special user requests, V17.4 also includes various enhancements and new features such as high-performance computing/ graphics processing unit (HPC/GPU) and LF solver extensions (NVIDIA Volta support, MQS vector potential reconstruction via external B-field), and a whole set of productivity boosts for data analysis and post-processing (e.g., user-defined analysis pipelines).
The new release improves user-friendliness and productivity, and includes general improvements and bug fixes, to make your daily work more effective. Feedback, as always, is greatly welcomed – we listen!
Unique 5G Simulation Toolbox
NOVEL AND FAST 5G MAXIMUM EXPOSURE ALGORITHM
Novel and exclusive algorithms have been added to the 5G simulation toolbox to make it easier than ever to include quantitative data on power density in regulatory submissions.
The first robust and comprehensive methodology for determination of the maximum power density (norm or total pointing vector) on any surface for large arrays has been developed and implemented. The methodology, comprising a semi-analytical solver and five iterative optimization methods that run in parallel, ensures robust identification of worst-case configurations without overestimation.
Surface-averaged power density on flat surfaces (fSAPD) can now be computed even faster with the fSAPD algorithm. A user-friendly interface allows choosing the exposure plane, the averaging area and the quantity of interest (norm or normal component of Poynting vector).
Watch the movie to experience how the 5G Toolkit in SEMCAD X Matterhorn V17.4 – featuring the unique Maximum Exposure algorithm – can be effectively used to assess the performance and safety of mmWave applications with phased-array antennas, e.g., of a mobile phone or of a finger ring phased array operating at 28 GHz.
Solvers and High-Performance Computing
B-FIELD AS EXCITATION FOR INDUCED CURRENT SOLVER MQS
The requirement in previous releases, i.e., knowledge of the vector potential field (A-field) for the magneto quasi-static simulation (MQS) to compute the induced E-field, has been relaxed; it is now sufficient to provide only the magnetic B-field as the excitation field.
The B-field provided by the user is used to reconstruct a vector potential field suitable for driving the magneto-quasi-static simulation. The user can then easily check the accuracy of the reconstructed A-field in the post-processor.
The new feature enables straightforward coupling of any external EM solvers to our magneto-quasi-static solver and is fully compatible with all ViP and standard phantom models, thus intensifying the focus on induced currents in human body environment setups.
ENHANCED GPU COMPUTING
SEMCAD X Matterhorn V17.4 now supports the NVIDIA Volta generation GPU architecture (Titan V, Quadro GV100, Tesla V100, etc.), which leads to a substantial boost in performance over previous architectures (e.g., doubled speed compared to Kepler).
Also new is that the AXE library now allows for computation jobs to run concurrently, i.e., shared memory machines with multiple GPUs/CPUs installed can run their simulations simultaneously on a subset of cards/processors.
NEW ANALYSIS METHODS AND FEATURE ENHANCEMENTS
A very-long-awaited feature is the integration of the Gamma Comparison Method, which permits visual comparison of distributions and provides a metric of their agreement. This very powerful approach, which has been used by our research partners to compare simulations and measurements for quantitative validation purposes, provides a means for handling variations in distribution patterns.
A new histogram/cumulative histogram filter allows not only visualization of the distribution of values, but also computation of the exact isopercentiles and isovolumes. Potential applications are the determination of (i) certain standardized dosimetric quantities, where the most exposed 1% of the volume can be discarded, (ii) dose quantities used to predict the efficacy of thermal oncology treatments, e.g., the temperature achieved in 90% of the tumor, and (iii) brain exposure quantification, where the volume or percentage of brain volume exposed to field strengths higher than the threshold needs to be quantified, and more.
Selections of multiple post-processing algorithms can now be grouped into a single algorithm, allowing complex workflows to be reduced to just a few customized post-processing blocks with no compromise on the power and versatility of SEMCAD’s pipelining analysis tools.
Further, a selection of post-processing algorithms can be easily saved into analysis pipelines for re-use later in other simulations, in different projects, or by different teams.
A more comprehensive list of improvements, fixes, and new features is included in the Release Notes.
To experience the power and elegance of SEMCAD X Matterhorn V17.4 or for further information, please email us at email@example.com or call +41 44 245 9700.
The relevant SEMCAD X Matterhorn installers for Win7/Win8/8.1/Win10 64-bit platforms can be downloaded here. Existing customers with up-to-date annual maintenance and support plans will receive individually all pertinent information regarding the Software Installer download and updated licenses.
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The SEMCAD X Matterhorn Team
5G Toolkit in SEMCAD X Matterhorn V17.4: 28 GHz active antenna with 36 elements. Best achievable performance for each subarray is assessed with the Max-Gain algorithm. Highest power-density levels are found by the Maximum Exposure Evaluator algorithm. The antenna can be tuned to optimize performance while ensuring that the arrays always operate within safety limits.
Magnetic (H-) field generated in SEMCAD X Matterhorn V17.4 by a resonant wireless power transfer (WPT) system for charging an electric vehicle at 85 kHz. The H-field distribution was obtained in silico after analytical reconstruction of the vector potential A from sparse H-field samples.
User-defined analysis pipelines in SEMCAD X Matterhorn V17.4: Customized post-processing tasks such as computing the antennas' figures of merit or plotting specific radiation patterns are now easy to save and reuse.
SPEAG received an award for being in the top 11 suppliers worldwide for delivery of excellent quality products at Huawei’s Apparatus, Equipment & Office Supplies Procurement Qualification Department convention in Shenzhen, CN.
Another addition to the SPEAG phantom family: we released two new highly-specialized electromagnetic phantoms for over-the-air certification of wireless devices ‒ the generic ANKLE and generic CHEST phantom! These phantoms were developed in close collaboration with CTIA's OTA working group and are expected to be included in the upcoming CTIA test plans.
SPEAG released cDASY6 V6.8 and cDASY6 Module mmWave V1.4. Both include important and long-awaited new features that not only greatly improve the user experience but also make our DASY6 system even faster with improved precision.
SPEAG's partner organization ZMT announces the release of Sim4Life Light, a new edition specifically designed for students who can now use the cutting-edge computational life science platform for their research at no cost.
DYMSTEC, SPEAG, and ZMT Zurich MedTech AG (ZMT) conducted their annual hardware and software workshop in South Korea. DYMSTEC, September 6–7, 2018. Z43's sales channel for South Korea were the excellent local organizers of the event, which featured several presentations, workshops, and social events and included live English-Korean translation service.
We are pleased to announce the release of DAK software version 126.96.36.199. Based on the valuable feedback from our rapidly growing customer base, this important maintenance release further improves the accuracy, repeatability, and user experience of measurements with our DAK product line.
SPEAG's President of the Board Niels Kuster presented keynote lectures on “EM Evaluation and Optimization of IoT Systems: Standards, Software and Instrumentations” and “Workflow for Demonstration of Compliance of Transmitters Operating above 10 GHz” at a symposium on IoT co-organized by the AUDEN Group and the IEEE EMC Chapter in Taipei on July 4, 2018.
Successful exhibition at this year's IEEE MTT-S 2018 International Microwave Symposium in Philadelphia PA, where SPEAG showcased a range of new high-performance smart products explicitly designed to cover 5G technologies.
SPEAG released a new generation of phantoms covering the entire frequency range from 3 GHz to over 100 GHz. The solution is both simple and elegant and improves the surface quality and sustainability of the phantoms.
Power density compliance testing has never been easier: SPEAG’s latest software release, Version 1.2 of our 5G Module, is yet another step forward in our drive to provide you with even more automated and more versatile tools for analysis and assessment of compliance at frequencies above 10 GHz!
SEMCAD X’s 5G Toolkit put to the test: A user video demonstrates the design workflow of on-device phased-array antennas by exploiting the features of the new SEMCAD X 5G Toolkit, including the unique worst-case power density evaluator.
SPEAG is proud to announce a major release of SEMCAD X Matterhorn V17.0! With the new release, we are particularly proud to make our innovative and easy-to-use multi-parameter, multi-goal Optimizer Framework V1 available to all of our customers.
Ahead of the official release of cDASY6.6 on March 6, 2018, SPEAG has made a Beta version available for early adopters. cDASY6.6 includes many striking features, such as the full integration of specific phantoms, and the Fast Volume Scan.
cSAR3D-A Version 1 combines the most reliable vector-based array system cSAR3D with the precision robot of DASY6. It enables fully automated SAR evaluations with thousands of single SAR measurements - with only one click.
Sales agents representing SPEAG and ZMT Zurich MedTech AG (ZMT) products around the globe convened at Z43 17 – 19 January 2018 to learn about the whole range of products and technologies and the latest developments. Representatives from both long-time and new partners attended the 3-day event, which was a great opportunity for fruitful and in-depth discussions and face-to-face information transfer.
On Thursday, December 14, Niels Kuster delivered his annual "State of Z43" report to all employees. The presentation was followed by an apéro, where Niels was presented with a life-size portrait of himself!
At the recent IEC TC 106 meetings in Melbourne and the TCB Council Workshop in Baltimore, major milestones towards the regulatory and standards acceptance of EM exposure assessment of emerging wireless devices were presented.
SPEAG and ZMT Zurich MedTech AG (ZMT) held their annual South Korea Hardware and Software Workshopat the Gachon Convention Center in Sungnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea on 27 October 2017. Approximately 180 engineers and scientists from leading companies, universities, and government institutions of South Korea attended the event, which, as always, was a great success.
Schmid & Partner Engineering AG (SPEAG) sponsored the awards at the 2nd International Workshop on Photonics Applied to Electromagnetic Measurements (PEM2017), hosted by the IT'IS Foundation and held at the Volkshaus in Zurich, Switzerland on October 5 – 6, 2017. The PEM workshops are devoted to the research, development, and application of photonics in electromagnetic measurements and closely related fields, such as fiber-optic signal transmission, photonic signal processing, display integrated antennas, and photonic device technology.
Schmid & Partner Engineering AG (SPEAG) and ZMT Zurich MedTech AG (ZMT) are pleased to announce their annual hardware and software workshop, to be held in Seoul, South Korea, on 27 October 2017. Our in-house experts, together with our partners from Dymstec, will demonstrate SPEAG's and ZMT's latest innovations and product updates and provide information about standards trends and our roadmap for addressing emerging industry needs.
A DPAS (Draft Publicly Available Specification) of Part 3 of the IEC standard 62209, which will allow the use of standardized fixed sensor array systems in addition to robot-based scanning systems, has been submitted for IEC approval.
SPEAG, ZMT Zurich MedTech AG and their distribution partner in China and Taiwan, AUDEN Technology Corporation, hosted the popular Annual Hardware & Software Workshop Series in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen (China), as well as Taipei (Taiwan) in June 2017. Overall, more than 200 participants from industry and academia explored SPEAG's and ZMT’s latest innovations and product updates, and discovered how SPEAG’s and ZMT’s solutions and technology roadmap adds value to their current R&D operations while anticipating future technological advances in 2017 and beyond.
SPEAG is happy to announce the release of cDASY6 V6.4. With V6.4, the greatly reduced measurement time and the testing automatization of our DASY6 system is now accepted by all regulators. The release also entails all necessary features to meet the upcoming unified IEC 62209-U standard and is capable of testing all IoT devices.
SPEAG is proud to release Version 16.4 of its SEMCAD X Matterhorn simulation platform, offering major performance boosts from subgridding to high performance computing (HPC) and Cloud Computing! Moreover, all toolsets, including our powerful 5G simulation package, have been refined to further automate and streamline the application flows in areas of equipment optimization, 5G/wireless technology and optimization of in-/on-body communication devices - making your simulations once again faster and more effective.
SPEAG is announcing the Beta-Release of cDASY6.4 that offers a multitude of assets and improvements, expanding the existing capabilities of DASY52. At the same time, it is already fully compatible with the upcoming standard IEC 62209-U. The final release will become available on June 20th, 2017.
Schmid & Partner Engineering AG (SPEAG) and ZMT Zurich MedTech AG (ZMT) are pleased to announce their annual hardware & software workshops which will be held in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen (China), as well as Taipei (Taiwan) in June 2017. On a number of occasions, our in-house experts, together with our partners from the Auden Techno. Corp., will demonstrate SPEAG's and ZMT's latest innovations and product updates, and inform about standard trends and our roadmap going forward to address industry needs.
China Telecommunication Technology Labs-Terminals (CTTL-Terminals), China’s premier wireless testing authority, is now routinely applying SPEAG’s vector measurement-based array system cSAR3D for pre-compliance evaluations of wireless devices for several of China’s manufacturers.
Twenty-five Zurich43 associates and three IT'IS Foundation board members gathered in the historic Hotel Pilatus-Kulm high above Luzern 30 – 31 January 2016 for their annual retreat, this year on communication. The goal of the two-day retreat was to find ways to improve communication skills across various target groups, channels, and markets, both within Z43 and with the outside world.
SPEAG invests in the future of dry SAR testing systems: New standards drive dedicated Cal Lab
In order to comply with the requirements of the upcoming IEC 62209/ Part 3 SAR testing standards, SPEAG has set up a dedicated laboratory for calibrating ‘dry’ SAR testing systems at their manufacturing facility located in the heart of Zurich. The laboratory complements their already existing and well-established ‘wet’ SAR system service centre.
In response to several user requests, SPEAG has added a quick and intuitive measurement setup feature to its cSAR3D software that is optimal for quick & easy measurements as needed in R&D applications or for special analyses. A new remote interface now provides an exceptional level of convenience for QA testing by allowing sites to use their own automated test software and analysis tools, and extending scalability to multi-site environments.
This SEMCAD X release represents a breakthrough in efficiency. Thanks to its new GPU empowered sub-gridding method, simulations that were impossible to solve can now been solved in a few hours. After a year of devising the essential software infrastructure for the most advanced optimizers, SPEAG is proud to announce the release of a preview version of the Sweeper. Exploit its possibilities right away! In addition, we responded to industry leaders and added special tools for the design and analysis of 5G and of other wireless transmitters.
Watch our recent product video demonstrating the latest advancement of our Dielectric Assessment Kit product line. DAK-TL brings automated precise measurements of dielectric permittivity, conductivity and homogeneity of boards, sheets, foils and small samples of tissues or liquids to your bench – giving you results in seconds.
SPEAG is very happy to provide you with an update of the IEC 106 Standard Meetings in Hangzhou, China, together with exciting new data regarding the performance and regulatory acceptance of DASY6 and cSAR3D.
SPEAG will exhibit at EuMW conference (Hall S11, Booth 134) in London, UK to display and demonstrate new products and solutions optimized for the demanding applications in the wireless, automotive, aerospace, and defence industries.
Verkotan has developed a real over-the-air GPS field test environment into the test laboratory. The test (patent pending) has been developed in close collaboration with the Centre for Wireless Communication (CWC) at University of Oulu, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, and SPEAG. It allows the testing of a device’s total GPS air performance (chipset, mechanics, and antenna) in one test run.
SPEAG is pleased to announce the release of cSARD6 in Q4 2016, the smart SAR testing solution. cSARD6 integrates cSAR3D with DASY6 and adds new features to create a fully automated and powerful SAR compliance system. This is the most advanced SAR measurement system available today, combining speed and versatility, while maintaining full SAR testing capabilities and compatibility to any of the worldwide standards.
Our new cSAR3D software release 2.6 features a further improved reconstruction algorithm, more precise determination of the peak spatial SAR close to the border of the sensor array, and faster and more reliable handovers of 2G, 3G and 4G signals. We are also pleased to announce that this quarter we are releasing both automated testing of devices with dynamic antenna tuners and autonomous DUT positioning based on DASY robots with integrated camera and device charger.
SPEAG recommends an updated measurement protocols for compliance testing with DASY52 to account for new technology trends and regulator requirements. cDASY6 will have a more advanced automated approach.
The first paper to describe the design and fabrication of a miniature broad-band electric field probe was published more than 40 years ago in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Biological Effects of Nonionizing Radiation.
SPEAG is pleased to announce the release of our novel test systems which allow dielectric and magnetic material characterization of samples with limited size or volume in the mw range. The Dielectric Assessment Kit for Thin Layers to measure Permittivity (DAK-TL-P) and the DAK for Thin Layers to measure Permittivity and Permeability (DAK-TL-P2) are based on the proven and reliable open coaxial DAK probe technology. The DAK-TL-P and DAK-TL-P2 are fully automated systems that include a motorized sample platform, built-in thickness measurement, and software guidance to facilitate precise measurements.
Anritsu Corporation’s MT8820C Radio Communication Analyzer now integrates with both DASY6 and cSAR3D from Schmid & Partner Engineering AG (SPEAG) to provide seamless Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) compliance testing that significantly reduces assessment costs and maximizes flexibility.
Twenty IT'IS Foundation, SPEAG, and ZMT co-workers convened for two-day retreat, 01 – 02 February 2016, held at the Hotel Frutt Lodge & SPA, in Melchsee-Frutt, Canton Obwalden. The goal of the retreat was to learn how to spot trends and become a trend setter, to master sales, to assess the current status of the organization, and to establish measures for improvement.
On the basis of careful investigation of used hand phantoms that have been returned to our labs, SPEAG strongly recommends recertification of all SHO hand phantoms after at most 3 years of use or in the case of any visible damage.
SPEAG is pleased to announce the release of our latest portable dielectric measurement system, the DAKS-12, which combines SPEAG’s DAK-12 probe with a handheld single-port ShockLine MS46121A vector network analyzer from Anritsu. The easy-to-use DAKS-12 is designed for very robust dielectric measurements in the frequency range of 10 MHz – 3 GHz.
ZMT Zurich MedTech AG and SPEAG hosted the annual Hardware and Software Workshop in Korea on October 23, 2015, with Dymstec, SPEAG’s distribution partner in Korea, as the local organizers of this popular event. Approximately 200 participants attended the workshop to preview ZMT’s and SPEAG’s latest innovations and product updates and to learn about the roadmap for future technological advances in 2015 and beyond.
SPEAG continues to advance the state of the art for precise and fast SAR measurement with the release of cSAR3D V2.4. The implementation of new calibration techniques and reconstruction algorithms has significantly improved the measurement accuracy. Modulation analysis and standards-compatible fast SAR protocols are also new in this release.
In response to numerous customer requests, SPEAG has developed the DAK Verification Kit for quick and easy verification of the Dielectric Assessment Kit system. The characterized liquid in the Verification Kit will be measured and compared to the imported target data after system calibration, ensuring reliable performance and results.
The future of SAR measurement technology was on full display on June 11 at an open forum organized by UL in Basingstoke, UK called “New Innovation SAR Measurement Using Array Systems”. Prominently featured at the event was a live demonstration of cSAR3D, SPEAG’s real-time SAR measurement system. The IT’IS Foundation summarized the groundbreaking research work that defined SAR measurement technology and is driving new innovations for the future.
Our paper “EMC/EMI Near-field Testbed for EM Phasor Measurements Using Active Optical Sensors,” featuring the latest research in near-field EMC/EMI scanning technologies implemented in SPEAG’s TDS and ICEy systems, was awarded the Best Symposium Paper Award at the 2015 Asia-Pacific International EMC Symposium in Taipei, Taiwan.
SPEAG is proud to announce the release of DAK software v2.0. Based on customer feedback and our focused expertise, the software was completely rewritten with our own advanced software development kit (SDK) to offer a more open and flexible structure, a greater user experience, and improved functionality, while retaining the same look and feel.
The novel SMC Sensor Model Calibration is a breakthrough in signal independent calibration of electromagnetic linearized over a large dynamic range.This new technique increases the flexibility of the end-user and reduces calibration costs while maintaining a low measurement uncertainty.
SPEAG is excited to announce the launch of a novel product in our TDS lineup – the fully electrically isolated RF-over-Fiber Transducer (RFoF1P). With this new product, SPEAG continues to extend the frontiers of accurate and traceable RF measurements powered by micro-photonic technologies to applications such a conducted EMC/EMI, ESD, antenna correlation and signal integrity measurements as well as to highly immune signal and power links for ultra-low-noise and ultra-wideband transmissions.
SPEAG is proud to announce the launch of another member in our TDS lineup – the PXI (PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation) version of the TDS Remote Unit. With this new product SPEAG brings accurate and traceable RF measurements powered by micro-photonic technologies to modular instrumentation.
SPEAG is excited to announce the release of the latest addition to our TDS product family – the TDS SNI probe. With TDS SNI, SPEAG pioneers the use of photonics for accurate and traceable RF measurements in EMC/EMI sniffing applications, bringing the functionality of a benchtop spectrum analyzer to the tip of miniature electrically isolated electric and magnetic field probes.
The response we have received on cSAR3D and cDASY6 products has been outstanding, and we would like your help in prioritizing features for the next software release. Please take our confidential survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZX53R2N.
SPEAG’s research partner, the IT'IS Foundation, and the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina have joined forces to define next generation phantom testing in the emerging market for wearable devices. SPEAG's full-body phantom "POPEYE" and other EM phantoms intended towards standards development will be deployed.
The innovation continues with SPEAG's release of cSAR3D V2.0. This release fully integrates all cSAR3D phantom types: Flat, Left Head, Right Head and Quad. Shipments of cSAR3D Quad started in November 2014 and have far exceeded our expectations. SAR measurement of simultaneous transmisson is supported, as is base station simulator automation with both CMU200 and CMW500 from Rohde & Schwarz.
Significant progress at recent IEC 62209-3 meeting in San Francisco resulted in agreement on broad acceptance of vector array systems such as cSAR3D, and rigorous protocols for validation and uncertainty.
cSAR3D Quad is ideal for fast and accurate SAR testing of laptops, tablets and other large devices. In November and December 2014, several cSAR3D Quad systems were shipped and installed at customer sites, with many more scheduled to ship in early 2015. SPEAG is very pleased with the popularity and initial demand for cSAR3D Quad among our customers.
The red carpet was rolled out at the Volkshaus at Helvetiaplatz on the evening of Friday, November 21st to welcome attendees of the jubilee party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of SPEAG and the 15th anniversary of the IT’IS Foundation.
SPEAG is pleased to announce the final release of SEMCAD X Matterhorn V15.0. Over the past three years, a complete overhaul of the previous version of SEMCAD X was undertaken, including improvements to all of its industry leading features; the replacement of inefficient and uncompetitive components; and the creation of the most modern user interface.
With the steady shipment of one cSAR3D FLAT unit per week successfully underway, SPEAG is now ready to ramp up cSAR3D HEAD production with the goal of also shipping three to four calibrated HEAD units per month. A demo video highlighting the exceptional functionality and user-friendliness of the system, including the new camera modules, is now available.
SPEAG is pleased to announce the release of cSAR3D software version 1.2. New features include improved 3D extrapolation, continuous measurement mode, and several enhancements of the graphical user interface. We are in full production with deliveries of two to four units per month.
SPEAG is delighted to announce the latest release of our DAK software, Version 1.12. The new and improved features and tools of this release accelerate dielectric measurements and optimize data evaluation.
ZMT and SPEAG will launch the revolutionary new simulation platform Sim4Life at the Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB 2014 in Milan, Italy. ZMT is sponsoring the ISMRM opening reception, presenting live demos at Booth #532, and organizing a dedicated workshop.
SPEAG and ZMT organized a training session at their Zurich headquarters to prepare distributors for the upcoming launch of Sim4Life, the first commercial multiphysics, multiscale simulation platform for computational biomedical and life sciences applications in complex anatomies.
SPEAG is delighted to announce the release of an improved version of the Dielectric Assessment Kit System (DAKS). With a longer probe and a dedicated trigger button, the new DAKS makes dielectric measurements easier than ever.
Twenty-two IT'IS, Speag, and ZMT co-workers retreated for two days, 13 – 14 January 2014, to the Kurhaus Bergün, a grand old Jugendstil-era hotel in the Albula region of canton Graubünden. Their mission: to learn about the strategies and mindsets that impact workplace productivity and success, as well as winning and failing strategies and mindsets implemented by leaders, empires, and industries.
SPEAG is excited to announce the series production of cSAR3D, the next generation in fast and high-precision SAR measurement equipment. We will start shipping in January, increasing to two full cSAR3D systems per month during Q1 2014. In January, we will also have available our extensive cSAR3D performance evaluation and DASY52 comparison study of over 40 wireless devices of different manufacturers. More information is now available on our product page.
Learn more about the newest addition to our dielectric spectroscopy product line, Dielectric Assessment Kit System (DAKS), in these short videos. The first video describes the advantages and usage of this portable and compact system. The second video offers a simple, step-by-step guide on how to install and operate the system.
A new international standard for SAR measurements, IEEE 1528-2013, was published on 6 September, incorporating new procedures to improve testing efficiency while maintaining excellent measurement reproducibility and low uncertainty.
SPEAG is delighted to announce the release of its latest innovation: a low-cost, portable, and easy-to-use Dielectric Assessment Kit System (DAKS) covering the frequency range between 200 MHz – 14 GHz.
We are pleased to announce the release of our TDS Standalone systems. TDS Standalone is the first product of our growing TDS product range to employ SPEAG’s novel active optical sensor technology for E- and H-field measurements in the frequency range from 10 MHz – 6 GHz.
*available in the US and Canada after final certification in accordance with the regulations of the US FDA, CDRH, CFR 21, Section I, subchapter J, part 1002 to 1040.11 (expected in May 2013).
We are pleased to announce the release of the optimized high frequency dielectric probe DAK-1.2 covering the frequency range 5 – 50 GHz. At the same time, we extended and improved the features of our software that is now available for download.
This AIA enables the DASY52 Users to directly measures the Modulation Interference Factor (MIF) and the Probe Modulation Factor (PMF) of modulated radiofrequency (RF) signals. It is also perfectly suited for establishing the connection between base-station emulator and the device under test (DUT).
The success and achievements of the Bell Labs have inspired generations of engineers, physicists, product developers, and other scientists. These accomplishments and the success stories of our greatest inventors have also inspired 21 Speag, ZMT, and IT'IS coworkers who gathered in Flüeli-Ranft on Novenber 22nd-23rd to get under the hood of our our own innovation engine.
On the 2012 National Future Day, four outstanding girls – Anushka, Chimey, Liza, and Sia, and four exceptional boys – Jechiel, Kilian, Moritz, and Arun joined our research and development teams at IT'IS, SPEAG and ZMT for one day.
SPEAG is pleased to announce a new software release iSAR V2.6 that further improves repeatability, absolute accuracy and user friendliness of iSAR Flat, Head and Quad. In the next release, we also plan to include novel features that we are currently developing for cSAR3D.
SPEAG is pleased to announce the release of DASY52.8.2 (969) and SEMCAD-X V14.6.6 (6824). It took us slightly longer than promised for this release, however we not only removed the reported bugs but also added new features which will ease the daily usage of our DASY system as well as provide even better compatibility with current and upcoming compliance standards. In particular, we support our new MIF box, support the creation of SAR compliance reports and we improved the interface to the CMW500. In addition, the DAK team added two new videos to our webpage.
SPEAG Executive Board congratulates Niels Kuster, SPEAG Co-Founder and President of the Board of Directors, on receiving the distinguished d'Arsonval Award, the highest scientific honor of the Bioelectromagnetics Society.
Recent information has been issued by the French government that wireless devices must comply with SAR limits in the limbs and hands. DASY52 is fully compatible with all testing requirements and international measurement standards. SAR phantoms and tissue equivalent liquids are available from SPEAG.
SPEAG is pleased to introduce the next generation in fast, high-precision Compliance SAR (cSAR3D) Systems, a system concept that had been developed during the last months to meet the various requests/suggestions of our highly valued customers.
We are pleased to announce that the frequency range of DAK has been extended. A novel algorithm has been implemented that extends the dielectric measurement capability of the DAK-12 Probe to 10 MHz - 5 GHz.
The SEMCAD X Team is pleased to announce the release of SEMCAD X V14.8.0 Aletsch, a major upgrade offering a range of powerful new Modules and features, more robust handling as well as new customization options.
We are proud to announce a breakthrough in EM probe systems. The Time-Domain-Sensor (TDS) is the basis of our novel product line of high-performance active optical radio-frequency field sensor systems. The TDS concept allows the measurement of the full complex vectorial EM field distribution (amplitude and phase) in the time and frequency domains. First TDS probes for E- and H-field measurements in the 10MHz to 6GHz frequency range will become available in the next quarter.
Our first DAK shipments were made to customers in December. We are very pleased about the successful launch and strong customer interest in this new product line for high-precision dielectric measurements. Expansion of the frequency range and applications for the DAK product line will continue in 2012.
SPEAG and Dymstec are delighted to announce the opening of the joint SPEAG Calibration Laboratory Korea, Inc. The laboratory is now fully operational and completed its first iSAR calibrations this month. iSAR calibration is performed using the same high-quality equipment and procedures as the SPEAG iSAR calibration laboratory in Zurich, with the additional benefit of much faster iSAR calibration service for many Asian customers.
DAK is our new product line for high-precision dielectric measurements. Our probes are optimized for precision, robustness and ease of use. The software is flexible and operates with the most popular network analyzers on the market. The DAK system is calibrated by our ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory.
iSAR Quad is officially released! iSAR Quad is the largest and highest-resolution iSAR available. iSAR Quad is well suited for scanning laptops, tablet computers and other large devices. It also improves the precision for SAR evaluations of devices operating above 3 GHz. We provide an upgrade option from iSAR Flat to iSAR Quad.
The DASY team is pleased to announce the release of DASY52 V6.2 (482) and SEMCAD-X V14.4.5 (3634). We recommend the immediate installation of this upgrade as it addresses reported bugs and various minor requests/ suggestions by our customers.
The SEMCAD X Team is pleased to announce the release of SEMCAD X V14.6.0 Aletsch, a major upgrade offering a range of powerful new Modules and features, more robust handling as well as new customization options.
SPEAG completed its development of greatly improved head and body tissue simulating liquids for the frequencies from 3500 to 5800 MHz. This new broad-band liquids are within ±5% to the target values and provide significantly improved long-time stability and reduction of the maintenance efforts. Therefore, they lower costs and improve reproducibility of the test results.
iSAR Quad is the largest and highest-resolution iSAR available. iSAR Quad is capable of scanning a 600 mm x 400 mm planar area with a 1 mm resolution, making it well suited for scanning laptops, tablet computers and other large devices.
The Golden Validation Device is a very stable, reliable and easy-to-use calibrated reference source for SAR and OTA measurements. It is a stand-alone device that can be used anywhere without connection to a network. The antenna is well-matched under different loading conditions to provide a reliable output.
Fast SAR measurements are now faster than ever (less than one second). Also, combined SAR evaluation of simultaneous transmitters and new flexibility for comparison of iSAR² measurements with DASY or other iSAR² measurements have been introduced. This further cuts the time spent on quality assurance, prototype evaluation and pre-compliance testing of wireless devices.
SPEAG will be exhibiting at the following conferences and exhibitions this year. If you would like to arrange a demo or meeting, or are interested in attending a technical workshop, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to announce a new release of DASY52. This release not only resolves reported bugs, but also incorporates important new features that result in reduced measurement time, more flexibility and implementation of new measurement protocols arising from the IEC/IEEE standardization committees. Furthermore, many features have been added for the DASY52NEO users.
Due to the popularity of our iSAR² systems and the expanding choices of accessories and calibrations, SPEAG announces new discounts and packages for iSAR². This includes discounts on systems and accessories, calibration packages and a special package with SEMCAD X ANTENNA.
The SEMCAD X Team is pleased to announce the release of SEMCAD X V14.4.0 Aletsch, a major upgrade offering a range of powerful new Solutions, Modules and features, more robust handling as well as new customization options.
We have released iSAR² software version 2.2. New features include remote control of the iSAR² using customer-specific programs, enhanced graphical information of the iSAR² operation, and full compatibility with Windows 7 and Windows XP in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
SPEAG started to integrate 3rd-Party Probes for our DASY52 NEO systems. The first probes are the 3-axis hall field probe series from MetroLab that enpower DASY52NEO to scan DC/ELF magnetic fields with high precision.
The new MEM Phantom was desgined and optimized for compliance testing of wireless devices and other electromagnetic emmitting devices that may be partially surrounded by tissue or in direct contact with the skin, e.g., wireless hands-free kits, hearing aids, skin mounted devices, inductive activators, etc.
SPEAG introduces a new series of tissue simulating liquids that are broad-band based on the environmental friendlier Tween ingredient and fully compliant with the new IEC/IEEE standards allowing ±10% tolerance on the liquid parameters.
The National Research Council Institute for Biodiagnostics (NRC-IBD) has teamed up with SPEAG to offer a unique software platform for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner design. The new platform seamlessly integrates powerful new tools for radiofrequency (RF) array design and post-processing and is the first software of its kind to combine all the tools needed to design RF-phased arrays into a single user friendly program.
This new product PRE - 10 is a 3 channel voltage divider which extends the operation of existing SPEAG probes for use in very high fields (> 5 kV/m; > 10 kW/kg). It is compatible with all our E-Field, H-field and SAR probes.
The SEMCAD X Team is pleased to announce the release of SEMCAD X V14.2 Aletsch, a major upgrade six months of intense deincorporatingvelopment work. This release offers a range of powerful new features, more robust handling, as well as new customization options.
The relevant SEMCAD X for Win XP/ Win 7 and 32/64bit platforms are available for download.
The new EASY4 software release V4.6 extends the usage to fields with large peak-to-average (PAR) ratios by adaption to the improved probe modulation signal calibration and also includes setting of Access Levels. The changes to the user interface are minimal and old setup and calibration files are still compatible with this version.
A new iSAR2 software release is now available. This release is the result of the popularity of our ultra-fast SAR scanners (iSAR Head and iSAR Flat) and great suggestions from our customers. Version 2.1 of the iSAR software has several new features, including a new multi-iSAR interface, a smart Combiner feature, and full extension of the software for frequencies up to 6 GHz. It also includes enhancements to our existing features, such as an improved Python interface and enhanced control of the CMU200.
Zurich Med Tech, a sister company of SPEAG, has developed iSEG, a medical image segmentation tool specially designed to construct realistic 3D human or animal models for SEMCAD X from medical image data. iSEG, the most versatile medical image segmentation tool currently available, quickly and easily creates highly detailed 3D human or animal models based on CT and MRI images in standard image formats. The resulting models can be used to study electromagnetic exposure and induced heating in living tissue.
The final release of DASY52 is a major upgrade representing the next leap in quality compliance testing of mobile phones and general near-field evaluations. The main new improvements are in the new GUI, Report Generator, Ultra-Fast SAR Procedures, and Advanced Probe Response Linearization. Many more features that make the system compatible with the revised standards are expected to be released by the end of the year.
Schmid & Partner Engineering AG (SPEAG) is now accredited for iSAR calibration to the rigorous ISO/IEC 17025 quality standards. ISO/IEC 17025 is a laboratory quality standard that is widely recognized internationally. The addition of iSAR calibration to the SPEAG quality system provides a large portfolio of products for which SPEAG provides accredited calibration.
Schmid & Partner Engineering AG (SPEAG) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Dellsoft Technologies, who will now act as a reseller of SEMCAD X in India. Dellsoft is a leading technical software company in India. Dellsoft's vision is to achieve international standards of excellence and to be the leading supplier of technical software, learning programs, and other teaching platforms. Many years of experience in the software business and a strong technical support team will facilitate their efforts in providing SEMCAD X to companies in India.