Remcom announces the integration of XFdtd® Electromagnetic Simulation Software and Optenni Lab™ matching circuit optimization software. The Optenni addition enables XFdtd users to more easily generate a matching network topology and initial component values for their device. Once the topology is chosen and physically laid out on the PCB, XFdtd’s Circuit Element Optimizer completes the matching network design process by determining the optimal component values using full wave FDTD simulation, taking electromagnetic phenomena, such as coupling, into account.
Optenni Lab is a software package that provides fully automatic matching circuit generation and optimization routines. Once the full wave solver in XFdtd calculates the S-parameters and efficiency of an unmatched device, the results are fed into Optenni, which provides a choice of optimized matching circuit topologies that will meet the design criteria.
XFdtd’s Circuit Element Optimizer then picks up where other EM simulation programs leave off, taking the antenna matching schematic into the electromagnetic simulation and optimizing the lumped circuit elements directly in the physical matching circuit layout.
Rodney Korte, product manager for XFdtd, said, “Optenni is a very focused tool that makes it easy to match the circuit for best performance and allows the user to play with what-if scenarios. We felt it was a logical step to add the Optenni link into XFdtd to simplify users’ workflow, generate their matching circuit schematic in one easy step, and move more quickly to the full wave optimization phase.”
Jussi Rahola, founder and CEO of Optenni Ltd, said, “One of our key strategies is to interface the Optenni Lab matching circuit optimization software with leading EM and circuit simulators. We are very pleased to add support for Remcom’s XFdtd to Optenni Lab. This new link will speed up customer workflows and enable better efficiencies for our customers’ products.”