Agilent Technologies Announces Industry's First Complete, Front-to-Back Solution for MMIC, RF Module Design
Advanced Design System Release Enables Designers to Stay in their Preferred Design Platform, Eliminates
Need for Point Tools
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 1, 2009 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced
Advanced Design System (ADS) 2009 Update 1, the industry's first complete, front-to-back solution for monolithic
microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) and RF module design. The release integrates 3-D electromagnetic (EM)
analysis, wireless standards-based design verification libraries, X-parameter* simulation, and statistical design
and yield optimization. Advanced Design System 2009 Update 1 enables designers to stay within the design and
simulation platform of choice for their entire design cycle and eliminates the need for separate, time-consuming
"This release represents a big jump in efficiency for MMIC and RF module designers," said How-Siang Yap, product
marketing manager with Agilent's EEsof EDA division. "Designers clearly prefer a single design flow, without the
stops and starts associated with point tools. ADS 2009 Update 1 provides a single, superior flow where our
customers can do more analysis while spending less money on design tools."
Major benefits and features in ADS 2009 Update 1 include:
ο Integrated planar and 3-D EM simulation and analysis that allows designers to account for EM
effects from packages and interconnects without any import or export of data or models. This saves time and makes
the overall design process more efficient and accurate.
ο An X-parameter simulation model generator that
delivers fast, drop-in useable and accurate nonlinear behavioral models. These models eliminate the need for
datasheets of specification-based characterization parameters and the laborious measurements typically required
for accurate designs.
ο Easy-to-use statistical and yield Optimization Cockpit that allows the designer to
interactively modify settings in real time during the optimization, resulting in better, faster designs.
ADS 2009 Update 1 also includes other enhancements for MMIC design:
ο An MMIC layout personality,
allowing one-click access to commonly used MMIC layout functions for ease-of-use and increased engineering
ο Access to ADS layout functions from foundry-endorsed Process Design Kit (PDK) components
for faster, error-free MMIC/system-in-package (SIP) layout and design synchronization with the schematic.
ο Mentor Calibre Layout-Vs-Schematic (LVS) integration in the MMIC/SIP design flow, ensuring error-free layout
connectivity before hardware fabrication.
In addition, Agilent has recently established a new research and
development team specifically focused on enhancing PDKs to take advantage of the MMIC/SIP front-to-back design
flow in ADS2009 Update Release 1.
"Our partnership with key MMIC foundries and their customers ensures that
all criteria required for full PDK endorsement within ADS is met," said Steve Chen, Advanced Design System
research and development manager with Agilent's EEsof EDA division. "The partnerships allow the ADS EDA platform
to completely support the MMIC front-to-back flow signoff with Mentor's Calibre or Cadence's Assura verification
tools, which are required by many foundries and customers."
ADS 2009 Update 1 also integrates with Cadence
and Mentor backend verification tools, enabling the import of Design Rule Check results from Cadence Assura,
Mentor Calibre or Triquint MailDRC for viewing and correcting within the ADS layout environment.
About Advanced Design System
Agilent's Advanced Design System (ADS) is a powerful electronic design
automation software system. It offers complete design integration to designers of products such as cellular
phones, wireless networking and GPS, radar and satellite communications systems, and high-speed digital serial
links. ADS is the industry leader in high-frequency design. It supports system and RF design engineers developing
all types of RF designs, from simple to the most complex, from RF/microwave modules to integrated MMICs for
communications and aerospace/defense applications.
More information about ADS 2009 Update 1 is available at www.agilent.com/find/eesof-ads2009-update1. To
request a demo of ADS 2009, visit www.agilent.com/find/eesof-demo-software-request.
A high-resolution image of Agilent's ADS 2009 Update 1 software is available at
U.S. Pricing and Availability
ADS 2009 Update 1 will be available in September 2009,
with prices starting at approximately $21,000. It is also available in time-based bundles, starting at
approximately $8,000 per year.
About Agilent EEsof EDA Software
Agilent EEsof EDA software is used
in microwave, RF, high-frequency, high-speed, RF system, electronic system level (ESL), circuit, 3D
electromagnetic, physical design and device-modeling applications. Agilent EEsof EDA offers personal, value-priced
products as well as enterprise-level solutions that save money, improve design flows and simplify EDA vendor
relationships. Agilent EEsof EDA software is compatible with and is used to design the company's test and
measurement equipment. Additional information about all Agilent EDA software offerings is available at
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A
News) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics,
life sciences and chemical analysis. The company’s 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries.
Agilent had net revenues of $5.8 billion in fiscal 2008. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at
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