NI and Ansoft Collaborate on RF Design Cycle

June 10, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

National Instruments Corp. (NI, Austin, TX) and Ansoft Corp. announced integration between Ansoft Designer™ high-frequency, electronic-design software and the NI LabVIEW 7 Express virtual instrumentation software. Through a new API that integrates Ansoft Designer and NI LabVIEW, design engineers can incorporate real-world measurements into RF and wireless system design flow to accelerate the model development and system validation of complex RF and mixed-signal systems. A set of example programs for integrating LabVIEW and Ansoft Designer, is available for download at National Instruments' website.

"By working with NI, we can provide our customers with a more efficient method of validating wireless, wire-line and optical-communications application designs. We are extending traditional RF system design simulation by combining the Ansoft Designer automated design environment with the advanced measurement capabilities of LabVIEW," said Nicholas Csendes, Ansoft president and CEO. "This provides a solution that covers the complete design flow, from concept and system design to individual component and system testing."