Agilent Debuts Physical Connectivity Engine with Interconnects Built-in

7/14/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced the industry's first physical connectivity engine to incorporate electrical connectivity built into layout artwork. The new engine for Agilent's Advanced Design System (ADS) 2004A electronic design automation (EDA) software helps speed and streamline microwave design for wireless communications products.

"Our new physical connectivity engine takes interconnect verification to a new level," said Joe Civello, product marketing manager at Agilent's EEsof EDA Division. "ADS 2004A opens the entire design process to connectivity checking so that microwave designers will save significant time and improve efficiency."

In the past, EDA tools did not preserve layout interconnect information for MMIC, microwave module and high-frequency printed circuit board designs. Therefore, a multistep process was required to extract a connectivity netlist from a design's schematic and layout artwork to verify electrical interconnections. This process was inefficient and time-consuming, and left unchecked potential connectivity problems such as touching or overlapping polygonal shapes that belonged to different nodes.

The physical connectivity engine's breakthrough technique for microwave-based design removes interconnect constraints placed on designers in the form of wires and traces. The engine establishes electrical connections with polygonal layout artwork for multilayered hierarchical designs. Because all polygonal shapes in the layout now carry electrical connectivity information, nodal and physical connectivity checks are possible at any point in the design process.

The physical connectivity engine enables designers to start either in schematic or layout, implement custom-tailored layout interconnects, perform on-the-fly layout interconnect information extraction, and back-annotate custom-tailored interconnects to the schematic. The engine expands the concept of pins to include edges and areas, allowing design kit and component library developers to define edge and area pins that are unique to their layout components, regardless of the component's complexity.

Agilent ADS offers a complete set of system and circuit simulation technology and instrument links for RF and microwave design in a single, integrated design flow. The physical connectivity engine is one of a number of enhancements to the ADS 2004A release that makes it easier to use.

More information about ADS 2004A and the new physical connectivity engine is available at Images are available at

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The physical connectivity engine is available as part of ADS 2004A. Agilent's ADS 2004A is expected to be available in October 2004, 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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