Ansys has recently updated its tool for simulating 3D full-wave electromagnetic fields, HFSS, to include a 3D electrical layout interface as well as a planar 'method of moments' (MoM) solver for a more accurate and streamlined design workflow.
In addition to the traditional 3D modeller interface, the new 3D electrical layout interface for Ansys HFSS version 14.5 service pack 2 is a significant usability enhancement for designers of high-performance electronic devices. The update enables engineers to quickly and easily create sophisticated electromagnetic simulations using an intuitive layout interface and achieve reliable, accurate and high-fidelity results from the HFSS solver.
The 3D electrical layout interface also enables more efficient integration with established EDA design flows as well as the direct import of layout geometry from ODB++ compatible databases such as Altium, Cadence, Mentor Graphics and Zuken.
The new planar MoM solver gives users the ability to quickly perform complex calculations and explore many design alternatives early in the design cycle while still being able to take advantage of HFSS’ robust analysis capabilities to optimise and verify the design later in the process.
'HFSS is a very powerful and valuable tool in my signal integrity simulation tool suite,' said Steve Zinck, president of Interconnect Engineering. 'The tool is capable of extracting just about any feature that is pertinent to high-speed signal integrity analysis. Now with the 3D electrical layout interface in addition to the 3D modeller, it is even easier for my customers to produce extremely robust designs.'