Agilent Technologies ADS 2014 Delivers Most Significant Enhancements to Date, Dramatically Improving Design Productivity and Efficiency

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — February 20, 2014 — Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced a powerful new version of the Agilent EEsof EDA Advanced Design System software, ADS 2014. Designed to dramatically improve design productivity and efficiency with new technologies and capabilities, ADS 2014 is the software’s most significant ADS release to date.

ADS 2014 Enhancements

ADS is the industry’s leading electronic design automation software for RF, microwave and signal-integrity applications. ADS 2014 provides users with new technologies, new capabilities and continued enhancements for silicon RFIC, MMIC, RF printed circuit board, and multi-technology RF module design. Features include:

  • Automatic electromagnetic (EM) simulation setup and design partitioning, which automates the removal of SMD and IC active devices, and placement of ports, then reconnection of the design 10X+ faster and 20X+ fewer mouse clicks.
  • Physical layout-versus-schematic (LVS) with device recognition and an innovative module-level LVS that uncovers multi-technology wiring and pin-swap errors.
  • Wireless verification test benches that provide circuit design verification solutions for the newest and most challenging multi-band, wide-bandwidth standards (LTE, LTE-A and 802.11ac) with a dramatically simplified user interface.
  • Improved layout interconnect design and editing capabilities, including new power and ground planes with smoothing and thermal relief, new intelligent vias and interconnect routes.
  • Controlled Impedance Line Designer for quickly and accurately optimizing stack-up and line geometry for multi-gigabit-per-second chip-to-chip links.
  • Silicon RFIC schematic interoperability with Virtuoso for bi-directional schematic interoperability between ADS and Cadence Virtuoso.
  • ADS Board Link, the next-generation printed circuit board integration solution for bi-directional transfer of layouts, schematics and libraries between ADS and enterprise PCB tools.
  • Simulation support for Agilent’s DynaFET model, an advanced neural network model for III-V FETs (GaAs and GaN), to accurately model the effects of trapping, de-trapping, and self-heating, in a single, global model, valid for all (active) applications, without the need for tuning.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Agilent’s ADS 2014 is expected to ship in the first calendar quarter of 2014. Pricing starts below $9,900.

More information on ADS 2014 is available at Additional details will be available in the upcoming ADS 2014 webcast, scheduled for April 3. To sign up for the webcast, go to ADS 2014 information may also be found in the Agilent EEsof EDA Newsletter. An image of the new software release is available at

About Agilent EEsof EDA Software

Agilent EEsof EDA is the leading supplier of electronic design automation software for microwave, RF, high-frequency, high-speed digital, RF system, electronic system level, circuit, 3-D electromagnetic, physical design and device-modeling applications. More information is available at

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company’s 20,600 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had revenues of $6.8 billion in fiscal 2013. Information about Agilent is available at

On Sept. 19, 2013, Agilent announced plans to separate into two publicly traded companies through a tax-free spinoff of its electronic measurement business. The new company is named Keysight Technologies, Inc. The separation is expected to be completed in early November 2014.

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Review Article
  • ADS 2014 Doesn't Improve Productivity June 11, 2014
    Reviewed by 'Spike Dawg'
    Agilent has created another monster, producing the most complex answer to a problem that did not exist... a new file structure. It is now a convoluted process of copying libraries and cells into existing libraries so that you can share a design. The old file structure did not have any issues, so Agilent created one.
    Errors and crashes occur in layout editor (still one of the worst in the industry), schematic capture, and relying on a software language that is not supported, or understood, by most of the world (AEL). The article fails to mention that anyone using this product creates a design 7.3 times slower than an engineer creating the same design in AWR.

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