Systems simulation helps design antennas for the first unmanned aircraft system used to measure polar ice sheets.
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The dramatic rise of smart, connected products requires a rapidly increasing communications bandwidth, but the radio frequency spectrum available is growing at a much slower pace than what is needed. One way the fifth generation of cellular wireless technology, 5G, can address this problem is by leveraging beamforming antennas to send different signals to different areas of the cellular network, enabling multiple simultaneous transmissions at the same time on the same frequency. Pivotal Commware is designing the next generation of these beamforming antennas or cellular base stations and other applications, at a fraction of the cost of existing methods. The company’s engineers use ANSYS HFSS to create antenna designs that meet design requirements on the first or second pass, substantially reducing the time required to bring new antennas to market in this highly competitive industry.
Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags provide a superior level of inventory management, asset tracking and supply chain management over barcode technology, which requires barcodes to be within sight of the reader. RFID technology can be more broadly applied and becomes increasingly accurate by boosting the range at which tags can be read. Engineers at Honeywell leveraged ANSYS HFSS electromagnetic field simulation software to improve upon current RFID systems. Using HFSS, they were able to virtually evaluate new concepts in less time, significantly reducing product development lead time.
Electronics are pervasive in our world today. From electric machines to high-speed electronic devices to antennas and wireless communication, the demand continues to grow. However, designing innovative products to work reliably in the real world becomes more difficult with the need to reduce energy consumption, avoid interference with other devices and decrease development time. Leading companies leverage engineering simulation to quickly bring to market pioneering products that meet and exceed expectations.
Radar systems provide important sensor input for safe and reliable autonomous vehicle operations. Ensuring that these radar systems operate without interference, cover the intended areas, do not fail from installation effects and provide accurate input to the control system requires use of advanced engineering simulation.
The scores of antennas extending from the surface of today’s jet airliners create drag that adds to fuel consumption. Brazilian National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel) and Embraer engineers have been developing new ways of installing antennas that could save fuel. With ANSYS simulations, engineers can predict the performance of proposed installations without the time and expense of building prototypes.
Radar systems play a critical role in today’s driver assistance systems and upcoming autonomous vehicles. These systems must be accurate to provide the needed functionality and safety. Autoliv uses ANSYS electromagnetic simulation software to evaluate alternative radar integration scenarios early in the automotive development process to pioneer reliable systems and avoid costly design revisions.