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Agilent ships latest platform for RF and microwave design and simulation

The backward compatible software is claimed to represent a significant breakthrough in electronic design automation.

Agilent Technologies is shipping the latest release of its flagship RF and microwave design and simulation platform, Advanced Design System 2011 (ADS 2011).

Agilent says its comprehensive multi-technology design platform ADS 2011 represents a significant breakthrough in electronic design automation.


Agilent also announced that its work with GaAs/GaN and RF SiGe/BiCMOS/CMOS foundries and relevant SMD component vendors has resulted in their support for ADS 2011. During the past six months, the majority of existing ADS process design kits and libraries have been upgraded and verified on early access releases. These upgraded kits and libraries will be made publicly available to foundry and component vendor customers in the coming days, enabling them to take advantage of new capabilities in ADS 2011.

The new kits are backwardly compatible so that users need only download and install the desired kit, independent of which ADS release they are using. Agilent advises that requests for specific kits should be directed to the appropriate component vendor or foundry.

ADS 2011 provides engineers with a multi-technology design environment for designing individual RF and microwave integrated circuits with different technologies (e.g., GaAs, SiGe and GaN). It features electromagnetic technologies for faster, more accurate simulations; a use model that makes electromagnetic simulation easy for all engineers; layout improvements for easier physical design; and dozens of improvements designed to enhance the platform's functionality and usability. With the ADS 2011, design verification no longer needs to stop at the boundary of a single integrated circuit’s or module's technology.

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