Wednesday, August 23, 2017

What's on next week: August 28th-September 3rd

We are so excited for our upcoming webinar series on September 14th, but as always, there is a lot going on in the CST universe until then. We are hosting many training courses, which are ideal for both novice users of CST STUDIO SUITE®


MT2528th - 31st August 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands 

The 25th International Conference on Magnet Technology is the international forum addressing all aspects of magnet research, development, construction, testing, and operation. MT25 is a 5 days conference starting on Sunday evening with a welcome reception, 4 days with presentation and exhibitions, and ending on the Friday with tours. The program includes 8 plenary sessions highlighting catching topics of general interest. Each morning and afternoon there are oral presentations in 3 parallel sessions while posters are presented in a daily session. In parallel during all four days, there is a technical exhibition with 40 to 50 companies expected to present their activities and products in the field of superconductors, superconducting and resistive magnets, materials and tools for magnet construction, as well as associated technologies for vacuum, cryogenics, powering, measurements, controls and much more.

Meet us at the CST booth!


We have a lot of training courses taking place next week across the globe. 

See the them all here and register for a training near you today!

29th - 30th August 2017
Dearborn, MI, United States

29th - 30th August 2017
Massy, France

CST STUDIO SUITE® - Microwave and Antenna Training
29th - 30th August 2017
Darmstadt, Germany

CST STUDIO SUITE® - Low Frequency Training
29th August 2017
Darmstadt, Germany

CST STUDIO SUITE® - Microwave and Antenna Training
29th - 30th August 2017
Seattle, WA, United States

Monday, August 21, 2017

Announcing the CST Webinar Series 2017

We are excited to announce the CST® Webinar Series 2017. Every year we host a marathon of webinars on the most fascinating and prescient topics in EM Simulation, and we have quite the lineup this year. Registration is already open for all of our webinars, so sign up today to be sure you don’t miss out.

We’ll explore several ways that electromagnetic simulation can be used in the design process to characterize signal integrity (SI), power integrity (PI) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) effects in “Design and Characterization of SerDes Channels” (October 19), “SI/PI Co-Extraction and Simulation” (November 9) and “Precise Characterization of Multipin Connectors” (December 7)

We will also demonstrate how EM simulation can be applied to some of the latest, most active fields of microwave engineering, and will demonstrate how simulation and measurement can be combined to characterize the RF properties of materials. If you are interested in Microwave & RF and antennas, you won’t want to miss “Overview of CST Filter Design Technology” (September 14), “Cubesat Antenna Design” (October 12) and “Automotive Radar Simulation with CST MICROWAVE STUDIO” (October 26)

Ensuring compliance with EMC and EMI regulations is necessary for designing all types of electronic devices, yet it can also be one of the most arduous parts of the design process.  “EMC Simulation for Automotive Ethernet” (November 2) will show how electromagnetic simulation can be used in the development of an automotive radar system, and in integrating an Ethernet system into a car.

Electromagnetic simulation offers considerable advantages for the design of power engineering components and devices. “Wireless Power Transfer” (September 21) will demonstrate the use of workflows and best practices to predict the performance of coils and inductive charging systems in an automotive environment.

The combination of particle simulation and electromagnetic simulation offers a powerful tool for the analysis of high-power devices. “Gyrotron Simulation with CST STUDIO SUITE” (September 28)will show how gyrotrons can be simulated in CST STUDIO SUITE  using a 3D Particle in Cell (PIC) Solver.

The photonics market is growing rapidly, and devices using photonic effects are used in an increasing number of industries. At optical frequencies, nonlinear material effects become very important and need to be taken into account in simulation. “Efficient Design of Integrated Photonic Circuits using Luceda IPKISS and CST STUDIO SUITE(October 5) will demonstrate how CST STUDIO SUITE can be used, together with the partner tool IPKISS from Luceda Photonics, to design and simulate photonic devices.

You can register for any webinars that pique your interest today!  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What's on next week: August 21st-27th

It's a quiet week in the CST world next week, but we are hosting a training class in Anaheim. We'd love to see you there!


CST STUDIO SUITE - Microwave and Antenna Training
22nd - 23rd August 2017
Anaheim, CA, United States

Develop your potential with CST MICROWAVE STUDIO® (CST MWS®), a CST® software package of CST STUDIO SUITE dedicated to electromagnetic simulation of high-frequency applications.Improve your performance with our hands-on training course. The full CST STUDIO SUITE® Microwave & Antenna Training course consists of 2 full days. It is helpful to be familiar with the Getting Started manual. The training course is focused on modeling and solver overview, and concentrates on antenna simulation.

Friday, July 21, 2017

What's on next week: July 24-30


ASIAEM 2017 
Bangalore, India
July 23rd - 27th 2017

ASIAEM 2017 provides a forum for the international scientific and engineering community in High-Power Electromagnetics. General technical areas for ASIAEM 2017 are: High-Power Electromagnetics (HPEM) that includes Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse (NEMP), Lightning and High-Power Microwaves (HPM), UltraWideband (UWB) and Unexploded Ordnance (UXO). The conference will be held at the Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Hotel at Brigade Gateway.


CST Filter Workshop
25th July 2017
Nottingham, United Kingdom

Join us to learn about the latest developments in CST® for the design of filters. We have significantly enhanced our technology for the synthesis and tuning of both planar and cavity type filters in the recent years. During this workshop we will showcase the newest additions to our suite of design and analysis tools and new features in the latest release of CST STUDIO SUITE® 2017. Multi-physics analysis of high power filters including RF breakdown and Multipaction analysis will be discussed. The workshop will include presentations as well as live software demos that will be both beneficial for the novice as well as the experienced user.

CST Workshop - Electrically Large Structures
26th July 2017
Nottingham, United Kingdom

Join us for an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in 3D electromagnetic simulation. This workshop will give design and research engineers an insight into the latest 3D simulation technology for designing electromagnetic components as well as assembled systems using CST® STUDIO SUITE® 2017. 

CST Workshop Series 2017
Discover CST STUDIO SUITE 2017
27th July 2017
Santa Clara, CA, United States

Join us for an exciting opportunity to learn about the latest developments in 3D electromagnetic simulation.This workshop is part of the CST® Workshop Series 2017 which will give design and research engineers an insight into CST STUDIO SUITE® 2017. Both novice as well as experienced users will benefit from presentations and live software demos. The workshop will include CST  STUDIO SUITE 2017 highlights showing many improvements in modeling, post processing, results visualization and solver technology. In addition, we will showcase new products and capabilities including macro modeling for EDA simulations EMI analysis, RF MW filter design, power handling, corona and multipaction.


CST STUDIO SUITE - Microwave and RF Systems Training
27th - 28th July 2017
Singapore, Singapore

Develop your potential with CST MICROWAVE STUDIO® (CST MWS®), a CST® software package of CST STUDIO SUITE® dedicated to electromagnetic simulation of high-frequency applications.Improve your performance with our hands-on training course. The full CST STUDIO SUITE Microwave & RF Systems Training course consists of 2 full days. It is helpful to be familiar with the Getting Started manual. The training course is focused on modeling and solver overview, and concentrates on RF Systems.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

What's on next week:July 10-16



11th - 13th July 2017
San Diego, United States

This year’s program of the "2017 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting" will include a wide range of technical sessions, workshops, and short courses, as well as exhibits. It will also have a range of specific activities for students and young professionals. This meeting is intended to be the premier international forum for the exchange of ideas on state-of-the-art research in antennas, propagation, electromagnetic engineering, and radio science. Through a range of technical and social activities, it will provide the opportunity to interact with the world's leading experts in antennas and propagation from academia, industry, and government.
Visit us at booth #4


CST Workshop Series 2017
Defense Workshop

11th July 2017
Hyderabad , India

Join us for an exciting opportunity to learn about the latest developments in 3D electromagnetic simulation in defense and security industry.

The CST Workshop Series 2017 will give design and research engineers an insight into the latest 3D simulation technology for designing electromagnetic components as well as assembled systems using CST STUDIO SUITE® 2017. It will include presentations as well as live software demos that will be both beneficial for the novice as well as the experienced user.  In addition, CST will host a Q&A session during the workshop.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the latest developments in EM simulation using CST STUDIO SUITE solvers. 
This workshop is full.


CST STUDIO SUITE - Signal Integrity and Power Integrity Training

11th - 12th July 2017
Framingham, MA, United States

Develop your potential with CST MICROWAVE STUDIO® (CST MWS®). Improve your performance with our hands-on training course. The full CST MWS training course consists of 2 full days. It is helpful to be familiar with the Getting Started manual. This training course is focused on modeling and solver overview and concentrates on SI/PI applications.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Innovations in medicine and bio-electromagnetics with Tilmann Wittig.

A few weeks ago, we published an introduction to the exciting world of bio-electromagnetic simulation. This highly specialized area of EM simulation boasts some of the most fascinating real world applications for EM simulation. Principal Engineer and Market Coordinator for bio-EM, Tilmann Wittig shares some of the innovations he is most interested in right now. Read on to see how EM simulation can help develop solutions for cancer treatment and detection, diabetes, head injuries, and more.

What in Bio-EM is most interesting for you right now?
The medical world is definitely the most challenging one because we need to see inside the body so,
in a mobile phone, the bio-EM is a parasitic side effect. We need to be careful of it, it’s important, but it’s not very fascinating but everything inside the body is much more fascinating.
I'm interested in all these tiny implants, which hopefully in the future may revolutionize our medical approaches. There’s research now into improving the pacemaker. The classic pacemaker is about 5x5cm wide, and 80% of it is the battery because it needs to last a long time because replacement requires invasive surgery. So why not use a more clever approach, like wireless charging and controlling and programming them from the outside? So, we have some customers who are looking at a pacemaker that’s  5x5x5mm, incredibly small. That means it can be put in laparoscopically which is minimally invasive and when it’s in it can be fully controlled from the outside. For that, you could have a wearable antenna that is both controlling the pacemaker and charging it, That could mean that hopefully in the future, getting a pacemaker is much less of a big deal than it is nowadays.

The second topic I find quite interesting is imaging because we want to be able to see what the body looks like on the inside. We need to be aware that 80-90% of images done of the human body are done by X-ray, which is what’s called “ionizing radiation” and that means it has a lot of power, which is good because it allows us to see inside a body, but it has so much power that could potentially crack our DNA. If that happens, if our DNA is cracked, we are lucky if the cell just dies, but if we are unlucky, it turns into a cancer cell. Today we rely on the use of x-rays, including CT (computer tomography) and mammography. CT is basically a three-dimensional x-ray, which means the dose is even higher, something like 50x the dose of radiation from a normal x-ray. While the levels are still low, there is still a risk of cancer, so researchers are trying to get away from x-ray for this reason.
Modeling Temperature Effects of RF Thermoablation in a
 Human Liver

Are there better, smarter ways to get the same images without putting patients at risk of DNA corruption and cancer? 
Microwave radiation is the answer to that, and we already have microwave imaging in MRI and that’s quite established. There are also other ways that researchers and scientists are developing using the same concept you have in a radar antenna to see into the body. There are research groups working on this by putting an array of 20-50 antennas on different parts of the body and those antennas are sending and receiving signals and from those signals, they try to analyze how it might look inside. The two main applications for that are breast cancer, so any kind of tissue abnormalities and also brain damage.
So, let’s say someone has an accident. It’s very difficult to know what’s wrong with the brain,  whether there is bleeding for example. The dream for the future is to have a helmet with one of these arrays, and you send out these microwave imaging signals and within 20 seconds you can get an answer, everything is fine, or there’s bleeding and the person needs immediate care. It’s common that people with head injuries can show no symptoms, if someone is coherent and speaking the people around them may think nothing is wrong with them, so this kind of quick and easy test can save lives.

CST recently awarded the 2017 University Award for a paper detailing this innovative method of intracranial hemorrhage detection. Read it here!

Treatment is the third area of interest, and there is a lot of innovation happening there. For example, we have an application note on thermal ablation, in which a diode is inserted into a cancerous tumor and it’s heated up to kill those cancer cells. That’s pretty amazing, but now there is an idea to do this non-invasively with just antennas. That works by giving the patient heat sensitive drugs that are designed to pool in a specific part of the body and then we can use antennas to send a small amount of heat to that area and only heat-sensitive drugs get hot enough to kill the cancerous part while not harming the rest of the body.

Read Modeling Temperature Effects of RF Thermoablation in a Human Liver using the Bioheat Formulation in CST STUDIO SUITE

Researchers have found an antenna-related diabetes solution as well. Today, people must prick themselves to test their blood sugar. There is a concept out there for a contact lens that has sensors in it to read the blood sugar from the eye fluid. This contact has an antenna that can communicate with a person’s phone and their doctor, so they know their blood sugar at any given time without drawing blood. The Internet of Things is really exciting when it comes to biomedical advances, and there is a lot of interest in this area. At our recent workshop in Santa Clara, this was a topic that many of our participants were interested in.
Temperature distribution inside the body of a patient
 undergoing hyperthermia 

How is CST supporting these advances?

One of the ways CST is supporting these advances is by having accurate biological material properties for models because a simulation is only as good as the model and that’s complicated in this area. We also provide dedicated post-processing tools which allow medical professionals to be able to understand and to use these simulations. Many of them aren’t engineers, so we have to find a way to convert these EM fields and images into quantities they will understand.

CST Workshops are a great chance to learn about EM Simulation in general, and our bio-EM specific workshops offer detailed insight into IOT, sport wearables, and medical advances. The workshops are always different based on where they occur and who attends, so while providing the same information about our software and the benefits of simulation participants also get to be involved in a variety of interesting conversations.

Dr. Tilmann Wittig 

Friday, June 23, 2017

CST engineers on International Women in Engineering Day 2017

CST is lucky to have incredible engineers working throughout our company. In honor of International Women in Engineering Day, we spoke to some of the women who contribute to CST’s success about what they love about being engineers and how male allies in the field can support gender parity in engineering in the future.

Irina Munteanu, 
Head of market development and strategic projects. 
Ph.D in Electrical Engineering.

Apra Pandey, Senior Application Engineer. Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Photonics and Metamaterials.

Tracey Vincent, support application engineer. Ph.D, Material Science.

What is your favorite thing about being an engineer?

Irina: Diversity – I never get bored in my work as an engineer. Engineering is a combination of precision (but not as much as in mathematics), creativity (but somewhat different from an artist’s), and detective work (“which one of the myriad of tiny technical details in my device is to blame that it doesn’t yet work perfectly?”)

The best part about being an engineer is to be able to conceive new ideas, design and implement them to make our lives better.

We are witnessing tremendous technological growth, and an important ingredient of this is curiosity. Being curious about how things work, why they work, can they work in a better way, how can a certain design be improved, etc. is what helps us progress.

One of the quickest ways to see if an idea would work is by creating a virtual prototype of the design; or in other words, creating a simulation model that represents how the design would work. I enjoy being able to simulate the design ideas and suggest whether an idea would work or if there is something that can be done to improve the design. This leads to not only a reduction of production cost, but also a faster design cycle.

 Engineering is being paid to solve puzzles and I love solving puzzles. I love the interdisciplinary nature of the work I do.

The theme of INWED this year is “men as allies”, what is a way that men can support women working as engineers or getting degrees in an engineering field?

Irina: I find it difficult to give a general answer to this question, but I can give a few examples from my life.

I was lucky to have a father who often asked me to help him when doing small repairs at home, so I knew even as a little girl how to bang in a nail, change a bulb, or what different types of pliers are good for.

My uncle convinced me that studying engineering is not in contradiction with following my literary and liberal-arts interests: “with a safe job and a good salary in your pocket”, he said, “what prevents you from learning foreign languages, write books, or paint?”

Later on, I learned that some male professors or colleagues tend to think of women in engineering in extreme ways – either “this much is still not enough” (and for them, it’s never enough), or exactly the opposite “in your case, this little will suffice”. I am extremely grateful to those several male professors, colleagues, mentors, who asked of me exactly the same as from my male colleagues, not more, but also not less.

I think there are quite a few ways men can be allies. By being more supportive at the domestic front, by fostering a respectful environment and creating more opportunities for women to take up more engineering roles; are a few ways in which men can support women.

Tracey: If you’re a dad and an engineer then build a rocket with your daughter, encourage her to do math and show her how math is the language we use to understand and analyze the world around us. When you talk to your daughter or son, try to use “he” and “she” interchangeably to describe engineers and scientists. As a boss - call on the opinion (especially in meetings) of your female employees or at least have turns – research shows women are constantly interrupted/talked over; give her the time to be heard. If she has good ideas or did good work then laud her publically if possible. Believe she can do it and give her tasks that stretch her. Women wait to do things when they feel they have full competence; men take risks and challenges and use them as opportunities for growth – this is because society is more forgiving of rookie mistakes with men. I would like more men to see and understand this bias.

Are there any publications, workshops, webinars or other work of yours you'd like to share with readers of the CST blog?

Irina: The article that might be of most interest for readers of CST blog is probably a paper I co-authored on Time Domain methods called “It’s About Time”.

Apra: There is an upcoming presentation at IEEE-APS in San Diego on July 10th. The paper is titled, “Accurate and Efficient Simulation of Bioelectromagnetic Models“

Tracey: I will be participating in a New Features 2017 workshop in Framingham, MA (Boston office) on the 13th July. I will also be participating in the “online training series” over the summer geared to new users and college students.