Agilent Speeds Communications Product Design with Digital TV Library

4/1/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced the availability of its enhanced DTV (digital TV) design library to help speed development of products used in a wide range of consumer and commercial DTV applications. The DTV library now includes test benches that enable design verification earlier in the design cycle.

The DTV library works with Agilent's Advanced Design System (ADS) and Agilent's RF Design Environment (RFDE) electronic design automation (EDA) software to provide developers with models and verification test benches for analyzing the RF effects in communications devices designed to European (DVB-T) and Japanese (ISDB- T) DTV standards. Many of the models that support these standards can also be used when designing to other popular and emerging communications standards.

"The DTV library gives engineers the advantage of being able to test and verify their designs during each stage of development, helping to speed the design process," said Afshin Amini, product manager of Agilent's EEsof EDA Division. "With each new library release, Agilent continues to supply engineers with the models and tools to support emerging communications standards such as DVB-T."

The models and test benches available in the DTV library help speed development of DTV devices in several ways. The models provide engineers the necessary intellectual property to enable a quick start on RF/baseband design, and the test benches make it possible to link ADS simulated data with Agilent instruments to verify virtual designs and existing hardware earlier in the design cycle. Previously, verification could only be performed after all the system hardware was built and measured with test instrumentation.

DTV models and test benches created within the ADS Ptolemy environment can be used with ADS or imported into Agilent RFDE. When imported into RFDE, RFIC designers can access DTV test benches from within the Cadence analog and mixed-signal design framework to verify DTV circuit designs before manufacturing begins.

About Agilent ADS and Agilent RFDE
Agilent ADS software offers a complete set of system and circuit simulation technology and instrument links for RF and microwave design in a single, integrated design flow. Agilent Ptolemy is a system-level simulation and design environment within ADS that is based on a hybrid of data flow and timed synchronous technologies. Agilent RFDE tightly integrates RF simulation technologies from Agilent's ADS into Cadence's analog and mixed-signal design flow to aid in large-scale RF/mixed-signal IC design.

More information about the Agilent enhanced DTV design library, ADS, and RFDE is available at

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent DTV design library is expected to be available in May 2004 as an option that works with ADS 2003A. Agilent ADS 2003A is available now, 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 28,000 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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