ADS 2014 delivers significant enhancements

February 20, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Agilent Technologies has announced a powerful new version of the Agilent EEsof EDA Advanced Design System software, ADS 2014. Designed to dramatically improve design productivity and efficiency with the latest technologies and capabilities, ADS 2014 is the software’s most significant ADS release to date.

ADS 2014 provides users with the latest technologies and capabilities as well as continued enhancements for silicon RFIC, MMIC, RF printed circuit board, and multi-technology RF module design. Key features include:

  1. Automatic electromagnetic (EM) simulation setup and design partitioning, which automates the removal of SMD and IC active devices, and placement of ports, then reconnection of the design 10X+ faster and 20X+ fewer mouse clicks.
  2. Physical layout-versus-schematic (LVS) with device recognition and an innovative module-level LVS that uncovers multi-technology wiring and pin-swap errors.
  3. Wireless verification test benches that provide circuit design verification solutions for the newest and most challenging multi-band, wide-bandwidth standards (LTE, LTE-A and 802.11ac) with a dramatically simplified user interface.
  4. Improved layout interconnect design and editing capabilities, including new power and ground planes with smoothing and thermal relief, new intelligent vias and interconnect routes.
  5. Controlled Impedance Line Designer for quickly and accurately optimizing stack-up and line geometry for multi-gigabit-per-second chip-to-chip links.
  6. Silicon RFIC schematic interoperability with Virtuoso for bi-directional schematic interoperability between ADS and Cadence Virtuoso.
  7. ADS Board Link, the next-generation printed circuit board integration solution for bi-directional transfer of layouts, schematics and libraries between ADS and enterprise PCB tools.
  8. Simulation support for Agilent’s DynaFET model, an advanced neural network model for III-V FETs (GaAs and GaN), to accurately model the effects of trapping, de-trapping, and self-heating, in a single, global model, valid for all (active) applications, without the need for tuning.

ADS 2014 is expected to ship in the first calendar quarter of 2014.