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Agilent adds Verilog-A support

Posted: 08 Jan 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:agilent technologies? verilog-a? rf design environment 2003c? rfde 2003c? advanced design system 2003c?

Claiming a significant advantage over proprietary models, Agilent Technologies has introduced Verilog-A support for its RF Design Environment (RFDE) 2003C and Advanced Design System (ADS) 2003C EDA tools. Verilog-A is a standard language that lets users develop analog behavioral and compact device models.

Behavioral and device models are traditionally implemented by EDA vendors or end users based on proprietary interfaces for each simulator. Verilog-A models, in contrast, work with any compliant simulator. Agilent customers can use existing Verilog-A model libraries or develop new models.

The Agilent Verilog-A software is based on new compiler technology developed by Tiburon Design Automation. The technology includes a compiler that claims to allow Verilog-A models to simulate as quickly as C-based models.

Agilent's RFDE integrates RF simulation technologies into Cadence Design Systems' analog and mixed-signal design flow. The ADS software offers front-to-back simulation and layout tools for RF and microwave IC design.

Verilog-A support will be available as an option for RFDE 2003C and ADS 2003C, both of which are expected to ship later this month. Yearly subscription prices start at $24,000 for RFDE and $8,400 for ADS.

- Richard Goering

EE Times

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