Agilent Targets RFIC and MMIC Designers with Verilog-A Support

1/6/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced Verilog-A support in its RF Design Environment (RFDE) 2003C and Advanced Design System (ADS) 2003C electronic design automation (EDA) tools. Verilog-A support enables RFIC and MMIC designers to use Agilent's industry-leading EDA tools to more quickly develop highly accurate analog behavioral and compact device models that simulate at speeds comparable to built-in C-based models.

Verilog-A is a high-level, industry-standard modeling language used by analog, RF, microwave and mixed-signal system designers to create behavioral and device models. These models are used for verification of RFIC and MMIC designs for products such as cellular phones, pagers, wireless and broadband networks, and radar and satellite communications systems. Traditionally, these models are implemented by the EDA vendor or end-users using proprietary interfaces for each simulator. Verilog-A-based models, unlike most C-based or proprietary models, are immediately accessible by many designers, regardless of the simulation technology they are using.

Agilent's Verilog-A software is based on new compiler technology developed by Tiburon Design Automation, an EDA company that creates products to improve analog modeling for circuit simulation. Tiburon-DA's technology contains an efficient compiler that enables Verilog-A simulation speeds comparable to C-based models. With this technology, designers can develop complex analog models more quickly and with less effort while maintaining simulation performance.

"Our customers have an ever-increasing need for behavioral and device models that are customized for higher accuracy," said Marc Petersen, marketing manager at Agilent's EEsof EDA division. "The Verilog-A solution from Tiburon-DA gives designers the flexibility and portability of an industry-standard language, together with the simulation performance of a built-in model."

Support for Verilog-A technology in RFDE and ADS allows designers with existing Verilog-A model libraries to access Agilent's best-in-class simulation technologies, as well as quickly develop new libraries of Verilog-A-based models for design and simulation.

About Agilent RFDE
Agilent RFDE is an RF EDA software environment that tightly integrates leading RF simulation technologies from Agilent Advanced Design System into Cadence Design System's industry-standard analog and mixed signal design flow. Agilent ADS software offers a complete set of front-to-back simulation and layout tools for RF and microwave IC design in a single, integrated design flow.

For more information about Agilent's EDA tools and Verilog-A support, visit

U.S. Pricing and Availability
Verilog-A support will be available as an option in Agilent RFDE 2003C and ADS 2003C, both of which are expected to ship later this month. Yearly subscription prices for RFDE start at approximately $24,000. Prices for ADS 2003C start at approximately $8,400.

About Tiburon Design Automation
Tiburon Design Automation, Inc. is a Santa Rosa, California-based Electronic Design Automation company developing products to improve analog modeling for circuit simulation. More information is available on the web at

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 29,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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