6 April 2010


Agilent’s GoldenGate software chosen by RF Integration

Agilent Technologies Inc of Santa Clara, CA, USA says that RF Integration Inc of Billerica, MA, USA has selected its GoldenGate software — a simulation, verification and analysis solution for integrated RF circuit design within the Cadence Virtuoso design flow — for use in developing advanced radio-frequency integrated circuits (ICs).

RF Integration designs and develops custom RF products using SiGe, CMOS, GaAs or GaN processes (in advanced process nodes down to 65nm or below) in ASIC, IP or system-in-package (SiP) form factors that improve RF performance, power consumption, cost and size for performance-sensitive defense, industrial, medical and consumer applications. Agilent says that the simulation accuracy, capacity and performance benefits offered by GoldenGate are critical to supporting RF Integration’s development of high-performance, customized RF systems-on-a-chip.

“Our business depends on our use of best-in-class, cost-effective tools, to cut our simulation times and improve accuracy,” says Ray Moroney, RF Integration’s VP of development operations. “We specifically selected Agilent’s GoldenGate software because of its accuracy, versatility, speed, capacity, proven performance and cost effectiveness. In benchmarking exercises, it allowed us to cut as much as 50% off the simulation times of full receiver and transmitter chains,” he adds.

“RF Integration’s ability to deliver leading-edge customized RF solutions to their end customers is critical to their business and pushes the envelope on simulation requirements,” says Paul Colestock, RFIC product manager with Agilent’s EEsof EDA organization.

Agilent says that GoldenGate’s unique simulation algorithms are optimized for the challenging demands of today’s complex RF circuit design, enabling full characterization of complete transceivers prior to tape-out. GoldenGate is part of Agilent’s RFIC simulation, analysis and verification solution, which also includes Momentum for 3D planar electromagnetic simulation, Ptolemy Wireless Test Benches for system level verification, and the Advanced Design System (ADS) Data Display for advanced data analysis. This software suite links the RF system, subsystem, and component-level design and analysis as part of a comprehensive RFIC design flow. GoldenGate is fully compatible with Cadence IC5 and IC6 platforms.

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