ANSYS Q3D Extractor Capabilities

Fast, Accurate 3D Parasitic Extraction

ANSYS Q3D Extractor includes several solution types for parasitic extraction of electronic packages, touchscreens and power electronic converters.

3D Quasi-static Field Solver
ANSYS Q3D Extractor contains an advanced quasi-static 3D electromagnetic field solver based on the method of moments (MoM), and is accelerated by the fast multipole method (FMM). Results include proximity and skin effect, dielectric and ohmic loss, and frequency dependencies. Q3D Extractor easily and quickly provides 3D extraction of resistance (R), partial inductance (L), capacitance (C) and conductance (G).

2D Extractor: Cable and Transmission Line Field Solver
ANSYS Q3D Extractor includes a powerful quasi-static 2D electromagnetic field solver that uses the finite element method (FEM) to determine the per-unit-length RLCG parameters for cable models, transmission lines, characteristic impedance (Z0) matrices, propagation speed, delay, attenuation, effective permittivity, differential and common-mode parameters, and near- and far-end crosstalk coefficients.

Fast, Accurate 3-D Parasitic Extraction

Automatic Adaptive Meshing

Automatic adaptive meshing techniques require you to specify only geometry, material properties and the desired output. The meshing process uses a highly robust volumetric meshing technique and includes a multithreading capability that reduces the amount of memory used and accelerates time to simulation. This proven technology eliminates the complexity of building and refining a finite element mesh and makes advanced numerical analysis practical for all levels of your organization.

Automatic Adaptive Meshing

Equivalent Circuit Model Creation

You can leverage ANSYS Q3D Extractor to create equivalent circuit models (SPICE subcircuits/ladder-type lumped models). The type of model that Q3D Extractor produces depends on which solver was used. The 2D and 3D field solvers create common formats such as Simplorer SML, HSPICE Tabular W-Element, PSpice, Spectre, IBIS ICM/PKG models and ANSYS CPP models.

Equivalent Circuit Model Creation
Q3D Extractor RLC extraction of a power converter showing no-ideal switching characteristics.

IBIS Package Model Extraction

The ability to generate highly accurate reduced-order SPICE models for use in circuit simulation makes ANSYS Q3D Extractor the ideal software to create IBIS package models. You can study crosstalk, ground bounce, interconnect delays and ringing, which helps you to understand the performance of high-speed electronic designs, such as multilayer printed circuit boards, advanced electronic packages and 3D on-chip passive components. In addition, Q3D Extractor is essential for extracting accurate electrical parasitics of critical interconnect components in the package (bondwires), on the board (critical nets), and for the connection path between the chip, package and board (i.e., connectors, cables, sockets and transmission lines).

IBIS Package Model Extraction

Power Converter Design

ANSYS Q3D Extractor is ideal for designing power electronic equipment used in hybrid-electric technologies and power distribution applications to optimize inverter/converter architectures and minimize bus inductance, overvoltage situations and short-circuit currents. The software extracts resistance, partial inductance and capacitance parasitics from high-power bus bars, cables, and high-power inverter/converter modules, then inputs them into ANSYS Twin Builder to study the EMI/EMC performance of a power electronic system. Links to ANSYS Icepak and ANSYS Mechanical enable you to study electrothermal stresses caused by electrical currents.

Power Converter Design

Touchscreen Design

With Q3D Extractor, you can solve design challenges by analyzing the RLCG matrix data of touchscreen devices. The ability to efficiently solve thin conductive layers, such as ITO, can accelerate solutions up to 22 times over traditional thick metal solution methods.

Multidomain System Modeling

Simplorer is a powerful platform for modeling, simulating and analyzing system-level digital prototypes integrated with ANSYS Maxwell, ANSYS HFSS, ANSYS SIwave, and ANSYS Q3D Extractor. Simplorer enables you to verify and optimize the performance of your software-controlled, multidomain systems. With flexible modeling capabilities and tight integration with ANSYS 3D physics simulation, Simplorer provides broad support for assembling and simulating system-level physical models to help you connect conceptual design, detailed analysis and system verification. Simplorer is ideal for electrified system design, power generation, conversion, storage and distribution applications, EMI/EMC studies and general multidomain system optimization and verification.

Multi Domain System


  • Circuit simulation
  • Block diagram simulation
  • State machine simulation
  • VHDL-AMS simulation
  • Integrated graphical modeling environment
  • Power electronic device and module characterization
  • Co-simulation with MathWorks Simulink

Model libraries:

  • Analog and power electronics components
  • Control blocks and sensors
  • Mechanical components
  • Hydraulic components
  • Digital and logic blocks

Application-specific libraries:

  • Aerospace electrical networks
  • Electric vehicles
  • Power systems
  • Characterized manufacturers components
  • Reduced Order Modeling


High-Performance Computing

ANSYS Electronics High-Performance Computing (HPC) solutions for electronics enables parallel processing for solving the toughest and most challenging models — models with great geometric detail, large systems and complex physics. ANSYS goes well beyond simple hardware acceleration to deliver groundbreaking numerical solvers and HPC methodologies optimized for multicore machines, with scalability to take advantage of full compute cluster power. The amount of HPC required is based simply on the total number of cores used in the analysis, irrespective of which HPC technology is employed.

Multithreading: Electronics HPC takes advantage of multiple cores on a single computer to reduce solution time. Multithreading technology speeds up the initial mesh generation, matrix solves and field recovery.

Spectral Decomposition Method: The spectral decomposition method (SDM) accelerates frequency sweeps by distributing multiple frequency points in parallel over compute cores and nodes. You can use this method in tandem with multithreading to speed up extraction of individual frequency points, while SDM parallelizes multifrequency point extraction.

HPC in the Cloud: ANSYS Cloud makes high-performance computing (HPC) extremely easy to access and use. It was developed in collaboration with Microsoft® Azure™, a leading cloud platform for HPC. ANSYS Cloud has been integrated into ANSYS Electronics Desktop, so you can access unlimited, on-demand compute power directly from the design environment. For more information visit the ANSYS Cloud page.

High-Performance Computing


Parameterization and optimization are key enablers for Simulation-Driven Product Development. Parametric analysis provides a thorough understanding of the design space based on your design variables, so that you can make better engineering decisions. Optimization algorithms enable the software to automatically find better designs. Parameterization and optimization capabilities include:

Parametric analysis

  • User-specified range and number of steps for parameters
  • Automatic analysis of parameter permutations
  • Automated job management across multiple hardware platforms and reassembly of data for parametric tables and studies


  • User-selectable cost functions and goal objectives, including:
    • Quasi-Newton method
    • Sequential nonlinear programming (SNLP)
    • Integer-only sequential nonlinear programming

Sensitivity Analysis

  • Design variation studies to determine sensitivities to:
    • Manufacturing tolerances
    • Material properties


  • User-controllable slide-bar for real-time tuning display and result

Statistical Analysis

  • Design performance distribution versus parameter values
Pareto-front analysis of electric machine
Pareto-front analysis of electric machine

Network Data Explorer

Network Data Explorer provides a convenient way to plot and analyze large sets of single-ended or mixed-mode S-, Y- and Z-parameter data and export that data in a variety of different formats. It also acts as a front end to ANSYS Full-Wave SPICE: S-parameter data can be converted to passive, causal, SPICE-compatible models using ANSYS' patented state-space ROM technology. For low frequency applications, Network Data Explorer offers visualization, analysis and manipulation tools for network data pertaining to 3D and 2D eddy current solutions.


ANSYS Electronics Desktop

The ANSYS Electronics Desktop environment houses the ANSYS gold-standard electromagnetics simulation applications. Tight integration among the simulators yields unprecedented ease of use for setup and solution of complex simulations for design and optimization. It is the native desktop for HFSS, Maxwell, Q3D Extractor, Twin Builder and other simulators. More information is available on this page.


ANSYS Q3D Extractor Packages

Q3D Extractor is available as part of the Electronics Pro, Premium and Enterprise product suite. Listed below is a sampling of capabilities at each level that are most relevant for designing signal integrity applications.

Electronics Pro 2D:

  • 2D Extraction
  • Analog and Digital Circuit Analysis

Electronics Premium Q3D Extractor:

  • All Q3D Extractor Solvers
  • ECAD and MCAD modeling and translation
  • Advanced Circuit Analysis
  • Electronics Pro 2D

Electronics Enterprise:

  • Design of Experiments
  • ANSYS SpaceClaim Design Modeler
  • Electronics Premium (Q3D Extractor, HFSS, SIwave, Maxwell, Icepak)

The complete list of the Electronics Product Package contents is available in the table below.

Electronics Product Package Contents

Electronics Pro 2D

Electronics Premium HFSS

Electronics Premium Maxwell

Electronics Premium
Q3D Extractor

Electronics Premium Icepak

Electronics Premium SIwave

Electronics Enterprise

Electronics Desktop 2D Prep/Post

Maxwell 2D, PExprt, RMxprt

2D Extractor

Simplorer (Analog and Digital)



Nexxim Circuit (DC, Transient, RF)

Nexxim Circuit (SI)


Electronics Desktop 3D Prep/Post


ECAD & MCAD Translation


Network Data Explorer





Maxwell 3D




Q3D Extractor











SIwave (DC, AC)






SIwave (Transient, HFSS Regions, EMI, etc.)







Design of Experiments







SpaceClaim Design Modeler







Accelerated Doppler Processing