Agilent Unveils Wireless Test Benches for Cadence Design Platform

10/15/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced its RF Design Environment (RFDE) wireless test benches, the first product that offers system-level wireless signal sources and standards measurements from within Cadence Design System's industry-standard Virtuoso custom design platform. The new RFDE wireless test benches enable verification of RF circuit designs to help engineers in the communications industry increase productivity and speed development of wireless products.

Today, system-level verification of circuit-level designs is performed late in the development cycle. The frequent use of unconnected tools to perform design verification increases risk and costs, leading to delays in the development cycle. Now, wireless system architects can develop test benches early in the development cycle and export them from Agilent's Advanced Design System (ADS) into RFDE. RFIC designers can then access the test benches from within the Cadence analog and mixed-signal design flow framework to verify their circuit designs before going to manufacturing. In addition, several pre-configured wireless test benches are available as an RFDE option, and provide fully parameterized sources and measurements to help meet today's complex wireless standards such as WLAN, 3GPP and TD-SCDMA.

"Agilent's new wireless test benches fill the tremendous needs of our customers who are designing to the latest communication standards and increasingly integrating and verifying their designs within complex systems," said Jim Tabuchi, marketing and services manager of the EEsof EDA Division at Agilent. "RFDE wireless test benches are the result of our ongoing alliance with Cadence and are the latest enhancement to our widely accepted RFDE electronic design automation software."

Agilent's RFDE electronic design automation (EDA) software environment tightly integrates RF simulation technologies from Agilent's ADS into Cadence's analog and mixed-signal design flow. The RFDE wireless test benches are part of the ongoing alliance between Agilent and Cadence to provide technologies that support complete systems-to-IC design implementation solutions for wireless communications products.

RFDE wireless test benches use Agilent's industry-leading simulation technologies such as Circuit Envelope, Agilent Ptolemy and Automatic Verification Modeling. In addition, the Agilent Connection Manager works with RFDE wireless test benches to download data from RFDE to test instrumentation so that system verification can be performed earlier in the development cycle.

More information on Agilent EDA tools is available at

U.S. Pricing and Availability
RFDE wireless test benches will be available for RFDE 2003C, which is expected to ship in January 2004. Yearly subscription prices for RFDE start at approximately $24,000.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 30,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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