RFIC design software upgraded

RFIC design software upgraded

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Agilent’s 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, further extending Agilent’s RF performance leadership;
  • Dramatically 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;
  • An enhanced crystal oscillator convergence option that reduces the frustration of simulating crystal oscillators.

GoldenGate version 2011 boasts 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. Additionally, by closing the loop between system and circuit designers using the new SystemVue and GoldenGate links and flows, designers can greatly accelerate system-level verification of RFICs.

A new tree/tabbed graphical user interface for the Cadence Analog Design Environment eases the configuration of RF analyses and environment/options selection.

For more information on GoldenGate version 2011, go to

Agilent will demonstrate its newest design and test innovations for advanced RF and microwave research, development and manufacturing at the 2011 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, June 7-9, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Booth 813. Attendees will be able to join Agilent and its solution partners on Agilent Avenue to connect expert to expert with leaders in the industry.

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