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EDA platform offers faster RF module design, verification

Posted: 08 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:electronic design? EDA software? design and simulation?

Agilent Technologies Inc. now offers an EDA platform that provides a speedier design and verification process. It has integrated its full-wave 3D simulator Electromagnetic Design System (EMDS) into its Advanced Design System (ADS) environment, reducing the steps necessary for accurate design of HF RF/microwave modules, RF boards and planar antennas.

"Designers lose a lot of time translating a layout structure into another drawing environment, redefining the layer stacks and dielectric properties, assigning port numbers and reconnecting an S-parameter black box for co-simulation with active elements," said Bart Van Hecke, product manager with Agilent's EEsof EDA division. "Integrating our full-wave 3D EM (electromagnetic) simulator with the ADS circuit and system design environment eliminates the need for layout translation."

At a price comparable to that of typical circuit simulators, EMDS-for-ADS makes full 3D EM simulation accessible to the entire ADS community of users, rather than just serve as a tool for EM experts.

ADS offers a complete set of front-to-back simulation and layout tools and instrument links for RF and microwave IC design in a single, integrated design flow. The Agilent EMDS-for-ADS allows designers to make informed design decisions and adjustments before physical prototyping begins, eliminating costly design iterations and saving months in a typical product-development cycle.

EMDS-for-ADS is especially useful when simulating circuits built with non-homogenous planar dielectrics, cavities under spiral inductors, multichip modules and their wire bonds to substrates, circuits mounted in QFN packages, and printed inverted-F antennas with their matching circuit elements in cellphones. It is also useful for verifying the results of planar EM simulations before beginning hardware fabrication.

The Agilent EMDS-for-ADS can also be used as a stand-alone, full-wave 3D EM software platform, with its own complete 3D drawing and visualization environment for non-planar structures such as connectors, packages, machined parts and antennas.

The EMDS-for-ADS is now available. Pricing starts at approximately $18,000.

- Ismini Scouras

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