Altair Simulation 2022 Released

Latest software updates enhance Altair's connectivity; architecture, engineering and construction; and electronics capabilities.

Latest software updates enhance Altair's connectivity; architecture, engineering and construction; and electronics capabilities.

Altair Simulation 2022 enables deployment of wireless connectivity technology including envelope beam simulation of 5G antennas. Image courtesy of Altair.

Altair has released its latest simulation solutions, which focus on next-generation connectivity, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), as well as circuit board and electronic design capabilities; the release also includes various updates to Altair's traditional solutions. 

“The release of Simulation 2022 continues Altair's tradition of leading in computational science and artificial intelligence,” says Sam Mahalingam, chief technology officer, Altair. 

For a More Connected Future

This release's connectivity updates include features that help users simulate antennas with accuracy, get results faster, and broaden users' toolset for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) applications, the company reports. Altair Simulation 2022 supports the automation of 5G envelope beam patterns and includes features like new hybrid ray-tracing patterns and rotating doppler effects for ray-based solvers.

More connectivity features include support for improved computational performance when simulating larger, complex antennas and their operating environment. Users can access the power to better simulate full-wave antenna and array characterizations to reliably analyze wireless systems.

Users will also gain improved ADAS tools that can better consider sensor types like ultrasound, which increases the number of sensors that can be simulated together. Other new ADAS features include more application-specific and post-processing tools, such as frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FM-CW) radar simulations that target ADAS applications.

Tools for Sustainable AEC Design

Altair Simulation 2022 also includes updates for AEC, including support for new construction standards. Users can access solutions with Altair Units licenses and can choose AEC solutions needed throughout the project workflow; new Altair Units-accessible capabilities include the former S-FRAME software products and SimSolid rapid analysis, HyperWorks advanced meshing and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) wind load simulations.

Tools like S-CONCRETE, S-FRAME and S-FOUNDATION continue to expand in Altair Simulation 2022 and now include built-in design codes for different American, Canadian, European and Asian/Oceanian nations so projects and designs are compliant with safety and material regulations.

Accelerating Smart Device Development

Altair Simulation 2022 includes capabilities for circuit board and electronic design tools that enhance users' abilities to design and implement smart components, products and systems. Altair PollEx now features expanded design verification, signal integrity and printed circuit board (PCB) modeling functionalities. It also includes cross probe verification like DFx Excel results and a direct ECAD link to Pulsonix and Altium Designer.

Users will benefit from updates to Altair SimLab, which include typical application functionalities like drop test, multiphysics analysis for PCBs and thermal management simulation that can cover entire systems. And Altair Simulation 2022 also introduces new tools for power electronics and motor drives, including PSIM, which can handle simulation and design for power supplies, motor drives, control systems, and microgrids.

Solutions for All Stages of Product Development

Altair Simulation 2022 also includes a host of updates that bolster Altair's system-modeling, finite element analysis, design ideation and exploration and manufacturability solutions' capabilities. Updates to Activate, Compose, HyperWorks, and the Inspire products give users new machine learning libraries, an interactive toolkit to no-code user interface creation, more advanced simulation and manufacturability workflows, and other analysis features so they can optimize designs and visualize even the most complex products and challenges.

Altair Simulation 2022 also includes new features that greatly augment Altair's fluid, thermal multiphysics and structural analysis solutions. Tools like AcuSolve, nanoFluidX, EDEM, MotionSolve, Flux and FluxMotor, OptiStruct, Radioss, and SimSolid give users the power to apply simulation to new fields of application, utilize new physics solvers, better integrate related tools for electrification, simulate strength, stiffness, and other physical measures.

For more information about the latest updates to the Altair simulation suite, visit

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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