The Cadence® AWR Design Environment® 15 What's New document is organized into several sections:
“AWR Design Environment Features” - Common improvements to all products.
“AWR Microwave Office and Analog Office Features” - Cadence® AWR Microwave Office and Cadence® AWR® Analog Office®-specific software improvements.
“AWR VSS (VSS) Features” - Cadence® AWR® Visual System Simulator™ (VSS) communications and radar systems design- specific software improvements.
“Analyst 3D Editor Features ” - Cadence® AWR® Analyst™ 3D FEM EM analysis-specific improvements.
“Migration Issues” - Migration issues from previous versions to the current version.
Features listed in this document may also include links to videos or
reference examples included in the AWR Design Environment platform installation. Examples are listed by
file name, for example:
filename.emp. To find an example in the
AWR Design Environment platform, choose and type the example
The following are updates for minor versions:
Documentation, examples, and videos for many of the new features in this release are still in development. Visit the Announcing v15 page of the Knowledge Base for the most recent information regarding this release. New examples and videos are uploaded as they become available.
This section is updated as known issues are fixed.
The VSS PHARRAY_F block now more accurately models the interaction between array elements. As a consequence, the block runs slower in v15 than in v14; Time Domain simulations, particularly those with MIMO enabled, may be much slower. You may want to consider retaining v14 to run those simulations.
NOTE: AWR Design Environment v15 software no longer supports Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems.
Advanced load pull now requires the LPL-100 license features. See “Licensing Changes” for details.
Thank you for your interest in an AWR Design Environment platform "Early Access" feature. In an effort to get customer feedback on features we are developing, and to ensure that those features are successfully solving the full range of the intended real-world engineering problems, Cadence® is releasing select features in this "Early Access" state. These features, while in the software, require a license to access. To use these features please contact your local AWR Sales representative to obtain documentation and the appropriate license(s). Cadence strongly encourages you to provide feedback to ensure that these features work well and solve your engineering problems.
Early Access features in AWR Design Environment platform v15 software include these abilities:
“Stability Analysis using Loop Gain Envelope”: New measurements for faster stability analysis.
“Parallel and Remote Circuit Simulation”: Run multiple linear and nonlinear AWR Microwave Office software simulations simultaneously.
“Analyst Simulator Improvements”: Run a remote Analyst software simulation on a Linux LSF cluster.
“Updated Equation and Variable Browser”: View dependent and independent variables, with search and replace capability.
“Graph Enhancements”: Edit graphs faster with new graph and marker options.
“Template Based Measurements”: Easily create test benches and compare simulation results of various combinations of subcircuit networks.
“Linked Global Definitions and Symbols”: Import, link, or embed Global Definition documents and symbols.
“New Two-Click Windowing Mode”: Switch from a click and drag mouse mode to a two-click mode.
“Faster Layout Rendering”: Turn on GPU acceleration.
“LPF Based Units and Grids”: Support for multi-technology projects with mixed units.
“Load Pull Improvements ”: Perform Baseband, 4th, and 5th harmonic Load Pull.
“Network Synthesis Wizard Improvements”: Support for vendor library components.
“APLAC Linear Subcircuit Caching”: Significantly speed up Cadence® AWR® APLAC® simulator linear simulations of large designs.
“Transmission Line Calculator”: Synthesize circuit models directly in the schematic.
“Optimizer Improvements”: Optimizer logging and the new Kapu optimizer.
“PCB Improvements”: Import Gerber PCB files for EM analysis.
“Minimum Spacing Routing Guides”: Visual guides to assist routing DRC spacing-compliant iNets.
“Multiple Edge Selection”: Expansion of edge selection in layout.
“AXIEM Improvements”: Improved meshing and better modeling of thin layers.
“5G NR Library ”: TX and RX functionality for Downlink and Uplink modes.
“PHARRAY_F MIMO Bus Support ”: Use buses instead of multiplexed signals for more comprehensive RF modeling.
“VSS Amplifier Model Updates”: Numerous improvements to the AWR VSS software nonlinear amplifier blocks as well as the AWR VSS software linear blocks LIN_F2 and LIN_MDIF.
“Digital Pre-Distortion ”: Several linearization algorithms that can be used to linearize nonlinear amplifiers.
“Analog-to-Digital Converter Update”: Model an ideal sample and hold analog-to-digital converter (ADC).
“Environment”: The Navigator and Browser now support Search operations.
“Structure”: Structure changes include new or moved ribbon options and toolbar buttons, custom camera presets, use of solid references, and a new attribute application option.
“Scripting”: Scripting changes included new cancellation and failure behavior prompts, and changes to the min and max functions.