Real Intent – Part II

Business in the high-speed digital design area also reached record levels, led by the introduction of IBIS-AMI model generation and simulation. The rapid growth of multi-gigabit digital links has caused designers to “hit the microwave wall” and to stop thinking of chip-to-chip signals as a stream of ones and zeros. This creates the need for actual signal integrity design tools that are accurate at microwave frequencies, which plays to Agilent's strength.

Agilent's introduction of X-parameters* to model non-linear circuits turned heads the previous year, and this year EEsof has added this capability to both SystemVue, its ESL design software for system architects and algorithm developers, and to Genesys, its low-cost, EDA software for RF/microwave circuit board and subsystem designers.

X-parameters have created a discontinuity in the design world, according to Mark Pierpoint, Agilent EEsof's new vice president and general manager. “Generating nonlinear behavioral models from simulation can reduce simulation time by a factor of more than 100,” Mark said. “Major amplifier vendors worldwide have discovered the benefit of measuring, modeling and simulating using X-parameters.”

Advanced Design System 2011

The blockbuster story of the past twelve months, however, occurred in September 2010, when Agilent EEsof began unveiling details of the highly-anticipated next release of its flagship RF design software, Advanced Design System 2011. ADS 2011 will provide users breakthrough capabilities for multi-technology design inherent in advanced RF System-in-Package (SiP) components. Two years in the making, ADS 2011 includes true multi-faceted RF design, which enables co-design with combined technologies (board, laminate, package, module, and IC), and it boasts a use-model that makes EM simulation far easier for every engineer.

The Advanced Design System (ADS) 2011 delivers many exciting new features for all ADS users with new capability for multi-technology co-design like that inherent in RF modules and system-in-package (SiP) designs. ADS 2011 builds upon the recent ADS releases, expanding Agilent's complete MMIC/Module desktop flow to deliver the industry's leading, complete, integrated, end-to-end product realization RF design solution.

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So with the release of ADS 2011 imminent, with new capabilities and improvements for all ADS users, and after a year of releasing improvements in every product in its product line, the future surely appears bright for EEsof ONE YEAR LATER.

“There are clear opportunities for further growth as we apply more of Agilent's engineering and measurement technology to solve customer challenges” concluded Pierpoint.

Note: We are grateful to those Agilent EEsof EDA persons named above who participated in this ONE YEAR LATER update, along with Kirt Kisling of Agilent, who is today Marketing Programs Manager.

  • "X-parameters" is a trademark of Agilent Technologies, Inc. The X-parameter format and underlying equations are open and documented. For more information, click here.


    About the Writer:

    Since 1996, Dr. Russ Henke has been and remains active as president of HENKE ASSOCIATES, a San Francisco Bay Area high-tech business & management consulting firm. The number of client companies for Henke Associates now numbers more than forty. During his corporate career, Henke operated sequentially on "both sides" of MCAE/MCAD and EDA, as a user and as a vendor. He's a veteran corporate executive from Cincinnati Milacron, SDRC, Schlumberger Applicon, Gould Electronics, ATP, and Mentor Graphics. Henke is a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and served on the SME International Board of Directors. Henke was also a board member of SDRC, PDA, ATP, and the MacNeal Schwendler Corporation, and he currently serves on the board of Stottler Henke Associates, Inc. Henke is also a member of the IEEE and a Life Fellow of ASME International. In April 2006, Dr. Henke received the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the CAD Society, presented by CAD Society president Jeff Rowe at COFES2006 in Scottsdale, AZ. In February 2007, Henke became affiliated with Cyon Research's select group of experts on business and technology issues as a Senior Analyst. This Cyon Research connection aids and supplements Henke's ongoing, independent consulting practice (HENKE ASSOCIATES). Dr. Henke is also a contributing editor of the EDACafé EDA WEEKLY, and he has published EDA WEEKLY articles every four weeks since November 2009; URL's available.

    Since May 2003 HENKE ASSOCIATES has also published a total of ninety-three (93) independent COMMENTARY articles on MCAD, PLM, EDA and Electronics IP on IBSystems' MCADCafé and EDACafé.

    Further information on HENKE ASSOCIATES, and URL's for past Commentaries, are available at March 31, 2011 will mark the 15th Anniversary of the founding of HENKE ASSOCIATES.

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