Researchers are pushing the limits of what’s possible in an increasingly complex design environment. Semiconductor chips are being optimized for mobile, cloud computing, automotive, and more! What are you innovating with Cadence® tools?

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UCLA leverages high-level synthesis to make rapid architecture trade-offs

Hear how UCLA’s Dejan Marković and his students are applying Stratus High-Level Synthesis (HLS) to baseband communications, signal processing, connective radio, highly parallel data processing, and more!

1M Processors to Model the Human Brain

How exactly does the human brain work? Stephen Furber of the University of Manchester discusses how they used Cadence Allegro® tools to design the chips and boards of their SpiNNaker machine, the largest neuromorphic computer in the world, which is being used to model the human brain.

Hardware Systems for Digital Hearing Aids

Holger Blume of the Leibniz University of Hannover’s Institute für Mikroelektronische Systemes discusses how they were able to build next-generation commercially oriented hardware systems for digital hearing aids with increased computation performance using Cadence tools.

Integrating Video, Radar, and Lidar for Autonomous Driving

See how Leibniz University Hannover is using Cadence’s Tensilica® IP cores and Protium Prototyping Platform to improve safety for people with disabilities.

Partnering to Make Autonomous Vehicles for Tomorrow

Learn how Autoware collaborated with Cadence to create Autoware, an open source software for automotive applications which helps the industry to optimize development of automotive platforms.

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Leading-edge semiconductor integrated circuits (IC) drive the electronics systems that are changing our lives. They are the enabling technology that is transforming everything from home automation to self-driving cars and advanced healthcare.

Develop your design with optimal performance, power, and area (PPA) to create innovative system functionality.


The design of electronics systems includes PCBs, 3D-IC packaging, and signal integrity, electromagnetic, and electrothermal analysis. These multi-physics analyses are applied from chip and package to PCB, cabling, and connectivity. Develop software and co-optimize your hardware and software with security in mind.


Create specialized processors to optimize the algorithm for your target data sets, managing the massive parallelism inherent in today’s intelligent systems.


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The Cadence Academic Network fosters collaboration and communication between academia and industry professionals by providing a knowledge network to exchange ideas.

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AWR University Program

Try Cadence® AWR® software products today and see for yourself how easy and effective it is to streamline your design process, improve end-product performance, and accelerate time to market for MMICs, RFICs, RF PCBs, microwave modules, antennas, communications systems, radar systems, and more. Faculty members wanting to join or renew their network licenses should contact us for more details.

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Professors in Partnership

Professors in Partnership (PiP) is a program specifically designed to provide engineering students, faculty, and graduates with access to ongoing microwave and RF educational content that enhances and promotes the use of AWR software solutions through eBooks, textbooks, and videos.

If you have created coursework using AWR software and would like to share it with the broader academic community, please email us.

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The Third Edition of Microwave and RF Design (A Multi-Volume Set) eBook

The Third Edition of Microwave and RF Design (A Multi-Volume Set), authored by Professor Michael Steer of North Carolina State University, is a comprehensive free OpenAccess electronic textbook focusing on RF systems design. It is intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professionals. The textbook covers microwave components, as well as how they fit into modern radio, radar, and sensor systems. It enables the student to achieve a good understanding of how system-level decisions affect component and subsystem design and how the capabilities of technologies, components, and subsystems impact system design.

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The Third Edition of Microwave and RF Design (A Multi-Volume Set)

About the Author

Professor Michael Steer is currently the Lampe Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. He is an IEEE Fellow and former editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. He has authored hundreds of publications as well as the textbooks Foundations of Interconnect and Microstrip Design and Multifunctional Adaptive Microwave Circuits and Systems.

RF Electronics – Design and Simulation eBook

RF Electronics – Design and Simulation, authored by Professor Keith Kikkert of James Cook University in Australia, is a comprehensive RF design course, including lecture notes and lab examples, intended for final-year undergraduate or master’s degree students. The materials cover RF simulation, transformers, transmission lines, mixers, oscillators, filters, and amplifiers

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RF Electronics – Design and Simulation

About the Author

Dr. Kikkert obtained his BE with first-class honors and his PhD from the University of Adelaide and lectured there for three years before going to JCU, where he has taught communication systems principles and analog, digital, and RF electronics for over 37 years. Dr. Kikkert retired from full-time teaching in 2010 but continues to teach at different universities. He is active in research and publishing in the area of electronic design for communication systems, using both computer simulation and hardware design and measurement techniques.

Publisher: James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia, 4811.

2018 Edition, Copyright © 2018 C. J. Kikkert, ISBN 978-0-9954470-8-0

This is an update on the 2015 and 2013 Editions, Copyright © 2015 C. J. Kikkert, ISBN 978-0-9942333-0-1 and © 2013 C.J. Kikkert, ISBN 978-0-9873109-3-4.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or distributed, in any form or by any means, without the prior permission of Cornelis J. Kikkert.

All webpages linked from the references were accessed and checked to be correct in May 2018.
The accompanying project files are also Copyright © 2018 C.J. Kikkert, ISBN 978-0-9954470-8-0. C.J. Kikkert
C.J. Kikkert grants readers of this book permission to use these project files and to modify them, in order to gain an understanding of the material presented in this publication. The text contained in the "Design Notes" of the project files may not be altered.
AWR Corporation has been given a license to distribute this publication and the accompanying project files through the University Program of AWR.

Conquer Radio Frequency eBook

Conquer Radio Frequency, authored by Dr. Francesco Fornetti of Bristol University in the UK, is a multimedia conceptual guide to RF and microwave engineering built around AWR software video tutorials.

The materials include a full-color textbook and over 12 hours of videos designed to further educate the engineering student or junior professional. It enables the student to achieve a good understanding of the foundation theory and concepts behind high-frequency circuits and illustrates the most common design and simulation techniques for passive and active RF circuits

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Conquer Radio Frequency

About the Author

Dr. Fornetti's vision on academic teaching is that it should not be seen as simply a transfer of knowledge and notions between the instructor and the student. He sees it instead as the process of stimulating curiosity and creating enthusiasm about a subject in a way that encourages, inspires, and enables students to explore the subject beyond classroom walls. He also believes that the wide availability of powerful simulation tools, new technology, and broadband internet access sets academic teaching free from the static setting of a classroom and the black and white pages of a textbook. In particular, in the field of RF engineering where laboratory work would be impractical, he feels that simulations and animations should be an integral part of teaching. They not only give students the knowledge to experiment with circuits on the simulator but also explain abstract concepts in a more conceptual and visual way.