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AWR Press Release - 2/12/2009

AWR Helps Alcatel-Lucent Eliminates File Translation Bottleneck
Between (PCB) and High-Frequency Design Tools

Gives Thumbs Up to AWR's Co-Design Tools After Rigorous Evaluation
at Company's Platform Hardware Center

AWR PCB Layout ToolsSherry Hess
President of Marketing
AWR Corp.
(310) 726-3000

Click to visit the Applied Wave Research website

The Design Challenge

The circuits created by the PHC must conform to the electrical and physical requirements for the systems of which they will be a part. Because these systems tend to evolve as they are developed, a great deal of flexibility is required, which has been hampered for many years because the PHC was forced to maintain two separate component libraries. When beginning an RF or microwave design, the footprint had to be synchronized and verified with both the Mentor Graphics printed circuit board (PCB) software tools and AWR's high-frequency design software.

After the layout was complete, data was transferred via DXF (data exchange format) from AWR's Microwave Office software to Mentor Graphics Expedition. However, there was no way to perform bidirectional data transfer in order to import the microwave schematic or symbols to Mentor's DXDesigner, or to export circuit modifications performed in Expedition back to the Microwave Office platform. The increasing complexity of the team's design coupled with the sheer volume of its workload made this productivity roadblock unacceptable.

What design problem did AWR's software help you to solve?

AWR Connected™ for Mentor Graphics Expedition, for which the PHC was a beta site, has helped the design team overcome its previous productivity roadblocks and has, in just a few months, yielded significant reductions in design time. With AWR Connected for Mentor Graphics Expedition, there is no library duplication, since the dynamically linked software utility automatically creates a complete AWR library file (symbols, part numbers, substrate definitions, footprints, padstacks, and layer process) directly from the Mentor tools and automatically updates the library file whenever there is a Mentor-invoked change. The software enables real-time, seamless bidirectional transfer of schematic and layout between the two tools, so that the schematic and layout can be sent from the Microwave Office environment to Mentor tools, modified, and sent back to Microwave Office.

In addition, Microwave Office circuit simulation and analysis can be driven from Mentor, and a Mentor PCB can be linked to many Microwave Office projects. This can be performed locally, throughout the PHC, or even throughout Alcatel-Lucent via the Internet. Perhaps fundamentally most important for the PHC design teams i
s the assurance that they will always have the correct footprints and library when performing an RF simulation. Now that AWR Connected for Mentor Graphics Expedition has been verified through rigorous testing, the PHC will further leverage its ability to link the formerly separate and redundant high-frequency simulation and PCB domains.

The full article is available at


Readers can get more detailed information by visiting, by calling AWR at (310) 726-3000, by e-mail at, or by contacting their local AWR representative.

About AWR
AWR is the innovation leader in high-frequency EDA software that dramatically reduces development time and cost for products employed in wireless, high-speed wired broadband, aerospace and defense, and electro-optical applications. The company's core technology is unique among high-frequency EDA platforms in that it is inherently open and flexible. AWR continually strengthens its product portfolio with innovative new technologies that enable faster, more streamlined product development, the most recent of which are the ACE™, RFA™, and AXIEM™ tools. The privately-held company has thousands of active users and is headquartered at 1960 East Grand Avenue, Suite 430, El Segundo, Calif. 90245. For more information about AWR and its products, please visit

(c) 2009 AWR Corporation. All rights reserved. AWR, the AWR logo, and Microwave Office are registered trademarks of AWR Corporation.

Analyst, AWR Design Environment, ACE, AXIEM, RFA, and Visual System Simulator are trademarks of AWR Corporation. All others may be trademarks of their respective holders.
Posted 2/15/2009

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