Vector Fields has released the latest version of its Concerto software tool for high-frequency electromagnetic design.
Concerto v7 has added features to accelerate the speed of simulation and optimisation. These advances include 64-bit PC processing support, better distributed processing of simulations, greatly improved support for exploiting periodicity in designs, and an optimisation tool that intelligently applies multiple algorithms to resolve even the most complex of problems.
Concerto v7 provides a comprehensive 2D or 3D design-simulate-analyse-optimise toolchain for high-frequency electromagnetic applications. Component or system models can be created using a powerful, integrated geometric modeller, or imported from CAD programs. CAD formats supported include CATIA, ProEngineer, IGES. SAT and STEP. When a design model is ready, users have a choice of methods to characterise performance.
As standard, Concerto offers a Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) simulator, which has broad ranging applicability. Depending on the application, users can add two further simulation options. A Method of Moments (MoM) tool provides a platform for simulating large environment problems such as installed antenna performance. A Finite Element Method (FEM) tool offers a means of performing eigenvalue analysis for problems such as characterising microwave resonator and cavity designs.
Concerto's applications span the high frequency spectrum and include antennas, waveguides, cavities and resonators, filters, connectors, microwave heating, and radar systems and signatures.
Many applications are found in fast-evolving commercial communications markets. In these areas in particular, products are often based on standards, and there is enormous competitive pressure to develop both as quickly and as economically as possible. Products are also tending to become more complex, and now often embed multiple radios, and more complex antenna systems.