You can download the technical specifications in pdf format here.

Antenna Magus
Current version - 2018.3 (Released: 19 September 2018)

General Features:

  • Native Windows user-interface built on the .Net framework
  • Zoom to sub-windows of workspace to view details of plots, images and data
  • Zoom function and page layout options are available in all information windows e.g. Quick Summary table in Find Mode and Info Browser
  • The state of the application is constantly stored so that there is no need for save or load
  • Each user on a specific PC can have an independent state
  • Backup and restore capability for the state including all user-entered content
  • Product licenses can be automatically retrieved using an internet connection
  • Product updates can be retrieved and applied using an internet connection
  • Product updates may be stored and shared from a local repository to avoid multiple downloads for users at the same location
  • Full support for Metric and Imperial unit systems
  • Intelligent unit and multiplier conversion of input and export values and selection of degree of display precision
  • Automatic report generation in Microsoft PowerPoint format (version 2003 or newer)
  • Export of images in the interface to popular raster formats
  • Export of design and plot data to text formats (comma-separated, tab-separated and xml formats)
  • Export of all information documents and articles to adobe pdf format
  • Indicators show which devices support export to specific CEM tools
  • Start Page provides quick access to Help documents and recently used items

Information and database:

  • Starting Specifications for many industries and applications. These may be edited and shared by the user.
  • Keyword-based searchable database of over 300 antennas/devices
  • Keywords may be activated/deactivated
  • Explore devices using interactive (zoom, pan and rotate) 3D rendered images, information documents, sketches and design guidelines to choose optimal topology
  • Information documents for different antennas may be compared side-by-side
  • Chosen topologies may be added to a managed Collection; Collection items may be removed, re-ordered and renamed as needed
  • Articles are provided that cover some typical antenna-related topics

Design capabilities

  • Each antenna/device caters for a broad set of relevant design objectives
  • Smart Design workflow including objective suggestion, integrated conversion calculators and immediate re-design
  • Messages and warnings provided to guide users in assessing their designs
  • Quick Performance estimation to predict design performance using algorithmic and/or computational electromagnetic methods and approximations
  • Plotting of 2D and 3D plots showing quick performance estimation results
  • Relevant performance values are automatically extracted from 2D plots and shown in tabular form below the graph
  • Parameter tweaking and re-estimate of designed structures*
  • Array tool to assist engineers in synthesising array layouts of various shapes.
  • General array radiation pattern synthesis including excitation distributions and radiating elements (imported or built-in)
  • Specification library including basic specifications common to many industries; can be expanded to store various custom specifications in a structured format; Specifications may be used in the design workflow
  • Spatial limitations (length, rectangular area or cubic volume) can also be defined as part of a specification; Antenna Magus determines whether the designed device will fit into the available space and which orientation will achieve the closest fit. The specified limits are graphically shown together with the bounding box of the design to aid with visualisation of the fit in Design Mode and in the Compare Window
  • Substrates library includes properties of many commercial substrates as well as common substrate materials; can be expanded to store custom substrate properties; Substrates may be used in the design workflow
  • Library of common waveguides
  • Library of common RF connectors (including simulation export models)
  • Compare Window allows user to compare designs of different devices in the Collection
  • Useful tools for the antenna engineer that can be used to simplify everyday antenna tasks. All tools have initial default values to start with. The list of available tools are:
    • Chart Tracer with value extraction
    • Length and angle unit conversions
    • dB/Voltage/Power conversions
    • Two-port network conversions
    • VSWR/Reflection Coefficient/Mismatch Loss conversion
    • Radar range equation calculations
    • Signal-to-noise ratio calculations
    • Passive remote sensing calculations
    • System temperature calculations
    • Communication downlink equation calculations
    • Expected Gain from an aperture area (including efficiency)
    • Antenna efficiency and radiation efficiency calculations
    • Antenna temperature calculations
    • Realised gain calculation
    • Parabolic reflector pattern approximation
    • Skin depth calculator

CAD Model generation

  • Fully parametric models can be generated for
    • CST Microwave Studio
    • FEKO
    • AWR
    • CHAMP
  • Generated models include as-designed parameter values
  • Generated models include notes to guide further usage
  • Generated models are ready-to-run and include all solution settings
  • Generated models have been validated for a broad range of designs and parameter combinations

Custom antenna Templates:

  • Custom antennas may be added by users including:
    • Images and design sketches
    • Keywords describing the structure
    • Information about the structure and performance within a structured documentation format
    • Reference documents
    • Parameter definitions
    • Design notes
    • CAD models***
    • Measured or simulated performance charts
  • Custom templates may be protected using a password
  • Custom templates may be shared/transferred using an export/import mechanism

Documentation:

  • “Antenna Magus: Getting Started”
  • "Antenna Topics: Planar antennas and surface waves"
  • "Antenna Topics: Understanding Antenna Baluns"
  • “Help: How do I design an antenna?”
  • “Help: How do I use the Array synthesis tool?”
  • "Help: How do I use the Compare Window?
  • “Help: Working with Specifications”
  • “Help: How do I use the substrate and waveguide libraries?”
  • “Help: How do I use the Toolbox tools?”
  • “Help: How do I work with Antenna Templates in Antenna Magus?”
  • “Help: Some frequently asked questions”
  • “Help: What do the terms in Antenna Magus mean? (Technical notes).”
  • "What will happen with my antenna suggestion?"
  • "What will happen with my feature suggestion?"
  • "What is new in the latest version

Minimum Hardware Requirements:

  • 64-bit PC hardware
  • 64-bit Windows Server 2008/2012, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10
  • Node-locked licencing – no network connectivity required, but the licensing procedure is simplified by allowing Antenna Magus to connect to the internet.
  • Floating licences – all machines using the floating licence must be connected to the same local-area-network as the floating licence server machine while Antenna Magus is open.

Prerequisites for Installation:

  • Installation requires that a user with administration rights executes the installation
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 will be installed during the Antenna Magus installation
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Update 3 will be installed during the Antenna Magus installation
  • Floating Licence Network – .NET framework not required on the server that will host the floating license server, only on machines that will host the client application

General:

  • The Evaluation version of Antenna Magus requires no licence keys or registration for installation.
  • The Classroom version of Antenna Magus provides access to a larger subset of antennas than the Evaluation version, and requires a licence key.
  • The Professional version of Antenna Magus is available as a node-locked installation or as a floating network installation.
  • Not all listed features / antennas are available on all licences.
  • A list of resellers is available here

* Some devices may not allow tweaking-or have limitations on the tweak range/s

** Only a subset of the antennas available on export

*** Native support is only available for FEKO and CST Microwave Studio CAD models