Computer-aided-engineering (CAE) innovator AWR has added to its product portfolio via the acquisition of Simulation Technology and Applied Research, Inc. (STAAR) of Mequon, WI. The acquisition bring with it parallelized three-dimensional (3D) electromagnetic (EM) analysis tools based on the finite-element method (FEM). The acquisition was driven by AWR customer demand for a 3D FEM tool that could be used within the AWR Design Environment, a suite of RF/microwave design tools that includes the AXIEM 3D planar EM simulator.

STAAR will continue as a wholly-owned subsidiary of AWR Corp., retaining its operations and facilities in Wisconsin, and under the guidance of STAAR Founder Dr. John DeFord. STAAR, with more than decade in development of EM-based tools in collaboration with the US Department of Defense (DoD) and US Department of Energy (DoE), offers the Analyst software. On the acquisition, DeFord notes: "The entire team at STAAR is delighted that our Analyst technology was found to be the most compelling 3D FEM EM software for AWR to offer to its customer base. STAAR's product line, corporate philosophy of simulation accuracy and scalability, along with excellent customer service aligns well with AWR's corporate culture."