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Optimal, AWR team for EM extraction design flow

Posted: 16 Aug 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:optimal? applied wave research? awr? electromagnetic extraction design flow? em extraction design flow?

Optimal Corp. and Applied Wave Research Inc. (AWR) announced today (Aug. 16) that they developed the first commercially-available 3D full-wave electromagnetic (EM) extraction design flow. According to a press release, the AWR-Optimal methodology addresses complex signaling issues in wireless communications IC designs operating from 1GHz to over 50GHz.

Combining Optimal's O-Wave product with AWR's Microwave Office and Analog Office design suites through the AWR EM Socket interface, the new design flow enables microwave and RF designers to perform accurate 3D full-wave EM simulation and parasitic extraction to verify the performance of entire chips before committing the designs to fabrication.

"The challenges facing designers of wireless products are quite substantial and require a software solution that is built on an open, standard-based software platform, allowing easy integration of the most capable, best-in-class tools to capture, synthesize, simulate, optimize, layout, extract and verify designs in all domains," explained James Spoto, AWR president and CEO.

Keyword: transparency

Through the new EM flow, users can directly invoke the O-Wave solver from AWR's design environment. Users can then transparently extract design and process information, such as geometry, materials, excitation and loading conditions, of the RF circuit and pass that information to the O-Wave, which then automatically builds a 3D finite element model and solves for the electrical and magnetic fields of the design. Upon completion of O-Wave's 3D full wave EM simulation, it transparently feeds back frequency dependent solutions (such as E-fields and S/Y/Z-parameters) to the AWR design environment for further simulation and analysis.

Len Perham, chairman and CEO of Optimal, said, "As technology alliance partners, AWR and Optimal demonstrate the ability of two vendors with leading-edge technology to collaborate successfully in order to provide intrinsic value to the customer, in this case, the microwave and RFIC designers who are encountering increasingly challenging circuit problems at the advanced semiconductor technology nodes."

The integration is free of charge to customers with valid maintenance contracts and will be available through both companies in the second half of Q3 2004. Both O-Wave and AWR's design suites are available for Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP.





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