Agilent Technologies' Updated Software Offers Microwave Engineers Complete MMIC Design Flow Solution

2/19/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced the Agilent Advanced Design System 2003A, a new version of its communications electronic design automation (EDA) software. ADS 2003A helps microwave engineers improve productivity by offering the industry's most complete front-to-back MMIC design flow solution.

"Agilent's Advanced Design System is the most commonly used simulation environment among our customer base," said Paul Litzenberg, applications engineering manager of Foundry Services at TriQuint Semiconductor. "TriQuint provides ADS design kits for our GaAs IC processes, including TQTRx, TQHBT, and TQHiP. We are pleased to be working with Agilent to further improve and expand the functionality of these design kits."

"ADS is the accepted industry standard for the design of Microwave circuitry, especially for integrated circuits," said Johannes Borkes, department head of Integrated Circuits and Systems at IMST GmbH, Germany. "Its open platform, which allows the addition of 'user defined models,' provides a large degree of flexibility. Our cooperation with Agilent enables us to embed our model and design libraries seamlessly into the ADS software."

ADS provides engineers creating microwave designs with an integrated environment for schematic capture, simulation, analysis, and layout as well as connected solutions with Agilent instrumentation. ADS 2003A delivers new modeling technology, design kit infrastructure support, and physical design capabilities that provide new and existing ADS customers with more options for an MMIC physical design flow. Five new products give MMIC designers more solution scalability choices without compromising upgradeability. ADS 2003A's new products include the following:

"Microwave designers are the core of our business," said Joe Civello, ADS platform manager for Agilent EEsof EDA. "We are continuing to provide products and solutions that large or small companies can start and grow with, allowing them to maximize the return on their MMIC EDA investment."

Agilent ADS 2003A supports the following operating systems: Microsoft(r) Windows(r) NT 4.0/2000/XP, HP-UX 11.0, and Sun(tm) Solaris 7/8/9.

Agilent ADS 2003A will debut at the Wireless System Design Conference and Expo in Agilent's booth no. 816, Feb. 25-27, 2003. More information on Agilent ADS products is available at An MMIC design flow illustration is available at

U.S. Pricing and Availability
Agilent ADS 2003A is expected to be available in May 2003 with prices starting at approximately $8,400.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 35,000 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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