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Application Of The Ansoft Serenade 7.0 Pc Software In A Wireless Course

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.85.1 - 4.85.7

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Willie Ofosu

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Session 2520

Application of the Ansoft Serenade 7.0 PC Software in a Wireless Course Willie K. Ofosu Telecommunications Department Penn State Wilkes-Barre


Wireless applications have experienced rapid growth in recent years, resulting in the need for design and analytical tools for practicing engineers that are fast and reliable. This is reflected in the university academic programs where courses in wireless form part of the telecommunications program. The Ansoft Serenade 7.0 PC Software responds to this need as a design and analytical tool in industry and as a teaching aid in the classroom.

I. Introduction

For some years, emphasis on computers and computer applications captured the attention of industry to the point where many other technical areas seemed to take second place in the priority list of many industries. While the focus on computing has not diminished, other technical areas are regaining popularity due to the contributions they make in advancing technology. This is particularly true if the application of the technology is computer-based. An example of this in the field of telecommunications is the resurgence of wireless applications.

Leading up to and during the second world war, radio (wireless applications) played an important part in telecommunications. But post-World War II technological advancement did not occur at the same rate of growth for wireless (RF - radio frequency) applications as it did for areas such as data communications. This situation however has seen some major changes in the recent past since computer applications were incorporated with wireless applications. Factors such as speed of transmission and the ability to transmit vast amounts of information supported the use of computers and equipment that incorporated microprocessors. For some years, the exercise of reducing the size (volume) and weight but at the same time making the equipment more powerful has been the focus of many manufacturers. Another condition that has been a contributing factor to the increase in wireless applications is accessibility to areas that would be problematic for wireline connectivity. Also, the fact that unbounded media does not have the same limitations in terms of bandwidth utilization as do bounded media such as copper makes wireless more attractive.

* This work was made possible through the University Program grant by Ansoft Corporation. ** Diagrams used with permission of Ansoft Corporation.

Ofosu, W. (1999, June), Application Of The Ansoft Serenade 7.0 Pc Software In A Wireless Course Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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