11 March 2011

Agilent launches 2011 version of Goldengate RFIC simulation software

Agilent Technologies Inc of Santa Clara, CA, USA has announced GoldenGate version 2011, the latest release of its RFIC simulation, verification and analysis software.

Version 2011 targets advanced-node RFIC design with improved performance, fast mismatch analyses for analog/RF applications, and a new easy-to-use graphical user interface. It also extends the software’s RFIC analysis to more easily incorporate package and board effects.

“There are various ways to approach performance enhancements,” says Paul Colestock, product planning and marketing manager with Agilent’s EEsof EDA organization, which supplies electronic design automation software for microwave, RF, high-frequency, high-speed digital, RF system, electronic system level, circuit, 3D electromagnetic, physical design and device-modeling applications. “Agilent’s approach is to provide continuous improvement on the circuits that our customers care most about.”

GoldenGate version 2011 software delivers the following updates for RF design analysis:

  • carrier-analysis improvements that deliver significantly better scalability and performance on multicore CPUs;
  • much improved performance of carrier and SSNA noise analyses;
  • fast yield-contributor analyses for RF and analog/mixed-signal designers, including DC, AC and oscillator analysis;
  • enhanced fast circuit-envelope analysis that accelerates RF functional path simulations by an order of magnitude or more, with broader support for RFIC-centric source configurations for models including memory effects; and
  • an enhanced crystal oscillator convergence option that reduces the frustration of simulating crystal oscillators.

GoldenGate version 2011 has a number of improvements for wireless design verification. Fast mismatch analysis dramatically accelerates the block and functional path verification that RFIC designers perform every day, without loss of accuracy, including new support for Cadence corners tool.

The updated adslib for the GoldenGate library now includes delay-defined transmission lines and Philips–TU Delft standard/user-defined bondwire models. Using this, engineers can simulate more of their designs by including RF package and board effects. Also, by closing the loop between system and circuit designers using the new SystemVue and GoldenGate links and flows, designers can accelerate system-level verification of RFICs.

Version 2011 also improves both the tool’s usability and, in turn, user productivity. A new tree/tabbed graphical user interface for the Cadence Analog Design Environment, for example, eases the configuration of RF analyses and environment/options selection.

Agilent’s GoldenGate version 2011 is available now, with a starting price of just under $25,000.

Agilent will demonstrate its newest design and test innovations for RF and microwave research, development and manufacturing in booth 813 at the IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Society (MTT-S) International Microwave Symposium for 2011 (IMS2011) in Baltimore, MD, USA (7–9 June).

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