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ST 65nm RF platform includes GoldenGate simulation

Posted: 27 Jan 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RF IC? simulation software? 65nm design platform?

STMicroelectronics has added Agilent Technologies' GoldenGate RF IC simulation in its 65nm Design Platform. The qualification of GoldenGate for ST's 65nm RF technology is part of a long-term collaboration between the two companies to accelerate customers' RF IP development time.

Agilent's GoldenGate software is an advanced simulation and analysis solution for integrated mixed signal RF IC designs. Its unique simulation algorithms are optimized for the challenging demands of today's complex RF ICs, and its capacity enables full characterization of complete transceivers, including parasitics, prior to tape-out. GoldenGate includes frequency domain, time domain and mixed-signal simulation technologies to ensure proper device operation, increased manufacturability and reduced design spins. It also includes a suite of automation tools that helps designers easily launch simulations, quickly analyze circuit performance and diagnose problems with mixed-signal RF ICs earlier in the design cycle. GoldenGate is part of Agilent's RF IC solution, including Momentum for planar 3D EM simulation and Ptolemy for standards-based wireless compliance analysis.

"The support of GoldenGate in ST's 65nm Design Platform allows our customers and our internal RF designers to use the best-in class simulation engine for RF IC design and verification," said Jean-Paul Morin, CAD manager, technology R&D, ST. "RF ICs at advanced process nodes are very complex, and time to market can be significantly impacted without the right strategy for design and verification. We see GoldenGate as a cornerstone of this methodology for the mutual benefit of ST and its customers."

ST's 65nm RF Design Platform allows designers to develop high-performance SoC products for low-power, wireless, networking consumer and high-speed applications. It is fully supported by the industry's leading CAD tools from Agilent and other leading EDA vendors.

"The long-standing relationship with STMicroelectronics has met many milestones for RF IC design in adopting Agilent's EDA platforms and tools for RF IC design, including our RF Design Environment and Momentum EM simulator," said Thierry Locquette, Global EDA account manager with Agilent's EEsof EDA division. "I am pleased that we have reached yet another milestone with the adoption of GoldenGate for RF simulation and advanced verification, proving that our next generation of RF IC tools continues to meet the company's high standards."

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