Agilent Helps Power Amplifier Design Engineers with DesignGuide

4/22/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) announced three new DesignGuide utilities and a new application guide in the latest version of the Agilent Advanced Design System (ADS 2003A) electronic design automation (EDA) software. The features are tightly integrated into ADS 2003A to help power amplifier design engineers accelerate time-to-market by automating many time-consuming steps in the design process.

"Early adopters of ADS 2003A have responded enthusiastically to the new power amplifier design features," said John Olah, application group manager of Agilent EEsof EDA. "For companies implementing the easy-to-navigate software, automation allows engineers to focus more time and resources on developing innovative designs and getting products to market faster."

The Transistor Bias utility improves design flow by automating the biasing of Bipolar, MOSFET and GaAs devices. It automatically extracts transistor DC parameters and synthesizes an appropriate network to achieve a given bias point. The resulting transistor performance is verified and displayed graphically.

The Smith Chart and Matching utilities can automatically synthesize matching networks, accelerating the design process. The Smith Chart's graphical user interface allows the designer to create a matching network topology and watch the frequency response in real time. The Matching utility allows for both narrow-band and broadband matching. The Matching software transforms a matching networks' lumped components to ideal transmission lines and microstrip elements.

The Load Pull application guide allows designers to import load-pull data from Focus Microwave and Maury Microwave load-pull systems. The scattered data interpolation is used to generate load- and source-pull contours for measuring multiple parameters simultaneously. This data can then be used with impedance matching to synthesize matching networks.

Agilent ADS 2003A offers the industry's most complete front-to-back MMIC design flow solution. Its advanced simulation and verification technologies are used by system and circuit design engineers developing complex discrete RF/microwave modules and integrated MMICs for products such as cellular phones, pagers, wireless and broadband networks, and radar and satellite communications systems.

Information about Agilent's EDA tools is available on the Web at

U.S. Pricing and Availability
DesignGuides with the Transistor Bias, Smith Chart and Matching utilities are available for purchase with ADS 2003A. The Load-Pull application guide is included with ADS 2003A. 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, life sciences and chemical analysis. 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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