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27/11/2018
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SEMCAD X Matterhorn New Release V17.4

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.

Post-Processing/Analysis

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 semx-sales@speag.swiss 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.

SPEAG is committed to empowering our customers to reach new heights of productivity and scientific achievement by providing outstanding innovative software solutions, testing equipment, and service.

The SEMCAD X Matterhorn Team

 

Maximum Exposure Evaluator

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.

 

WPT simulation

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.

 

Sim4Life pipeline

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.

 

MEASUREMENT

07/08/2018

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New Software Release DAK Version 2.4.1.144

We are pleased to announce the release of DAK software version 2.4.1.144. 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.

 

 
CORPORATE

22/07/2018

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SPEAG Changes Domain Name to dot(.)swiss

Another important milestone in Z43 history: SPEAG is proud to announce the introduction of our brand-new domain name www.speag.swiss!

 
MEASUREMENT

10/07/2018

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Release of Optical Head for Vector Network Analyzers

SPEAG is proud to announce the release of OH4VNA - a miniaturized optical head for cable-free testing of electrically small antennas between 500 MHz – 6 GHz.

 
CORPORATE

09/07/2018

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Niels Kuster Presents Keynote Lecture on IoT at Symposium Co-Organized by the AUDEN Group and the IEEE EMC Chapter

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. 

 
MEASUREMENT

03/07/2018

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Communication Systems Update

Updated communication system summary for usage with DASY6 and cSAR3D.

 

 
MEASUREMENT

26/06/2018

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POPEYE-V10: Just Like a Human but Stronger and Consistent

SPEAG is proud to introduce POPEYE Version 10, our redesigned electromagnetic human body phantom that introduces striking new details in addition to its main features.

 
CORPORATE

18/06/2018

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Successful Exhibition at IEEE MTTS-IMS 2018 in Philadelphia

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.

 
MEASUREMENT

12/06/2018

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Release of New OTA Phantom Series for 5G and IoT

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.

 
MEASUREMENT

06/06/2018

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5G Module V1.2: Offering More Automation, Features and Speed

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!

 
CORPORATE

28/05/2018

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info@speag.swiss

 

13th Annual Hardware and Software Workshop Series in Taiwan and China Organized by AUDEN Technology Corporation

Another Successful Hardware and Software Workshop for SPEAG and ZMT Zurich MedTech AG in Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen in May 2018.

 
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