Agilent Offers Full-wave EM Modeling from Within Cadence Virtuoso

11/12/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced an addition to Agilent's RF Design Environment (RFDE) that offers full-wave electromagnetic (EM) modeling capability for RF and mixed-signal design from within Cadence Design System's industry-standard Virtuoso custom-design platform. Agilent RFDE Momentum enables fast, accurate electromagnetic modeling to help engineers in the communications industry increase productivity and speed development of wireless and wireline products.

Today, physical-level analysis of integrated circuits (ICs) is typically performed with resistor-capacitor extraction technology, which provides rules-based modeling of parasitics for an entire IC. RFDE Momentum allows Cadence users to perform more accurate full-wave EM modeling on select Virtuoso cells, as well as physical verification of critical passive nets. These critical functions bring an extremely high level of confidence to the RF mixed-signal IC design process.

"Agilent's new RFDE Momentum lets IC designers find and model high-frequency effects early in the design flow, before they become an expensive problem," said Marc Petersen, RFIC marketing manager of Agilent's EEsof EDA Division. "RFDE Momentum works synergistically with existing RC extraction tools, helping to add needed modeling accuracy to critical design nets where failure can damage an entire process run."

Agilent RFDE Momentum uses industry-proven planar EM simulation technologies found in Agilent's Advanced Design System (ADS) Momentum EM simulator to enable full-wave as well as quasi-static modeling, adaptive mesh refinement and DC-point generation. These technologies work in concert to provide fast and accurate EM modeling.

Agilent RFDE electronic design-automation software environment tightly integrates RF simulation technologies from Agilent's ADS into the Cadence Virtuoso custom design platform. RFDE Momentum is a robust and seamless integration of EM modeling technology into the Cadence Virtuoso custom design platform, and is a result of the ongoing alliance between Agilent and Cadence to provide technologies that support complete systems-to-IC design implementation solutions for wireless and wireline communications products.

Additional information on Agilent RFDE Momentum is available at

U.S. Pricing and Availability
Agilent RFDE Momentum 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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