5 June 2012

Agilent’s latest GoldenGate software release speeds design verification

Agilent Technologies Inc of Santa Clara, CA, USA has announced GoldenGate 2012, the latest release of its RFIC simulation, verification and analysis software.

Raising the bar on performance and usability, the 2012 release offers RFIC designers a host of technology enhancements for accelerated design verification, extended design-for-manufacturing solutions and improved links to system design. Additionally, new licensing models offer users greater purchasing flexibility.

Agilent is demonstrating GoldenGate 2012 — along with a range of solutions for everything from circuit-level modeling through system verification for general RF, microwave, 4G communications and aerospace/defense applications — booth 313 at the Design Automation Conference (DAC 2012) in San Francisco (3-7 June). GoldenGate 2012 will also be demonstrated in booth 1015 at the 2012 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in Montreal, Canada (17-21 June).

Agilent says that, since design verification can be a tedious and time-consuming task for RFIC designers, GoldenGate 2012 accelerates design verification through technology enhancements that allow users to set up distributed simulations, run them with unmatched performance, and display and analyze massive amounts of data.

The firm also offers an extended ‘parallel simulation license’ at a fraction of the cost of the base GoldenGate simulator license. The license is supported in any scenario launching a parallel simulation (and ADE-XL in Cadence Virtuoso).

A key feature of GoldenGate 2012 is the extraction of X-parameters (a mathematical superset of S-parameters used for characterizing the amplitudes and relative phase of harmonics generated by nonlinear components under large input-power levels). The new GoldenGate 2012 X-parameters feature allows designers to capture the nonlinear behavior of active components such as amplifiers and to save the data for quick use in simulation models in RF system or circuit designs, while also hiding all intellectual property.

“We are very pleased to see the new X-parameters extraction support in GoldenGate,” comments Alireza Shirvani, VP of engineering at Amalfi Semiconductor Inc. “We are using X-parameters to speed up design and co-simulation at the die-module interface, and to share an executable circuit model that encodes the proprietary details.”

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