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Design metamaterial antennas using CST STUDIO SUITE

17th June 2014
Nat Bowers

Computer Simulation Technology has revealed that Kymeta used the CST STUDIO SUITE electromagnetic (EM) simulation tool to design a range of lightweight portable antennas for mobile satellite communications. By integrating virtual prototyping into the design process, Kymeta was able to gain insight into the functioning of the antenna, minimise the number of real prototypes required and reduce costs.

Kymeta was formed to commercialise a new, innovative metamaterials-based antenna technology for satellite communication known as Metamaterials Surface Antenna Technology (MSA T).

By replacing the traditional beam-steering mechanisms such as gimbals and phased arrays with MSA T, Kymeta aim to produce antennas that are lightweight and responsive to use on the move and in the field. To design a working metamaterials-based antenna with low power requirements and a small form factor, Kymeta needed to optimise a multitude of interdependent variables.

Adam Billy, Lead RF Design Engineer, Kymeta, comments: "CST MICROWAVE STUDIO provided a necessary component of our RF design flow at Kymeta. Without it, the challenge of designing numerous interrelated antenna features would have been nearly insurmountable."

The full success story explaining how Kymeta used electromagnetic simulation can be downloaded below.

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