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Agilent buys technology that identifies thermal problems

Posted: 05 May 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Agilent? Gradient Design? electrothermal analysis?

Agilent Technologies Inc. has purchased electrothermal analysis technology from Gradient Design Technology, the developer of HeatWave electrothermal analysis software.

Agilent EEsof EDA has assumed ownership of Gradient's core technology, which allows designers to isolate and fix thermal problems encountered when developing integrated circuits. The technology will accommodate engineers who employ both the integrated Advanced Design System software and Gradient's Heatwave solutions.

The acquisition stems from a cooperative agreement between Agilent and Gradient that began in 2012, when a version of Gradient's technology was integrated into the ADS software as part of a comprehensive multi-technology solution for RFIC and MMIC development. In 2013, Agilent announced an expanded business relationship with Gradient that included increased financial commitment on Agilent's part in exchange for increased access to Gradient's electrothermal analysis technology.

"Thermal management is one of the toughest challenges facing modern IC designers," said Todd Cutler, general manager of Agilent EEsof EDA, adding, "... our integrated ADS electrothermal solution was so well received by customers following its introduction and has already been adopted by several major RFIC/MMIC vendors."

A 30 second video of the ADS Electrothermal Simulator.

The electrothermal analysis technology will be demonstrated, along with several of the company's most recent design and measurement solutions, at IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium 2014 in June.

- Graham Prophet
??EE Times Europe

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