News | June 19, 2012

Agilent Technologies' Advanced Design System Selected By Sivers IMA For Front-To-Back Silicon RFIC Implementation

Agilent Technologies Inc. recently announced that Sivers IMA, a leading European manufacturer of microwave products for telecommunications, industrial, and test and measurement applications, has selected Agilent’s Advanced Design System 2011 EDA platform for complete silicon-based RFIC/MMIC implementation.

“We are expanding our peak-performance millimeter wave product portfolio toward silicon-based, proprietary MMIC designs to leverage the advantages of higher integration and reduced cost,” said Christer Stoij, chief technology officer at Sivers IMA. “We selected ADS for the complete front-to-back implementation of corresponding devices because it delivers proven RF circuit simulation, integrated EM solvers and RF-relevant backend support. ADS is designed for our type of application, allowing us to introduce new unique products for E-band and V-band radio links, with full control of the millimeter wave architecture.”

The ADS platform provides a complete RFIC design flow—including layout, enhanced foundry-certified PDKs, LVS and DRC—which is crucial for a successful implementation of wireless front-ends. The scalable front-to-back solution not only facilitates the job of the RFIC designer from the beginning, but also directly integrates with other domains such as RF modules and RF system-in-package design.

Key ADS features help simplify and speed the design flow. ADS Layout, for example, features an RFIC toolbar for easier, more efficient physical design and trace routing. Desktop DRC and LVS help verify and correct layouts against foundry design rule checks prior to tape out and catch errors early in the design cycle, all from the user’s desktop. In addition, ADS’ integrated 3-D planar EM simulator, Momentum, combines full-wave and quasi-static EM solvers for simplified passive, interconnect and parasitic modeling. Moreover, the ADS design kit for the IHP 0.13 μm SiGe process (SG13S) used in a first project supports a complete ADS front-to-back design flow with design rule check for most recurring rules.

“The popularity of the ADS platform for silicon-based RFIC design has grown tremendously over the years, bolstered by our significant expansion of ADS design kit support,” said Juergen Hartung, RFIC marketing manager for Agilent EEsof EDA. “Customers can now use these kits for a variety of RF CMOS, RF SOI and SiGe BiCMOS technologies to enjoy full back-end support that includes schematic-driven layout creation, layout-versus-schematic check, and integrated 3-D planar electromagnetic and 3D-FEM simulators.”

More information on ADS is available at

About Agilent EEsof EDA Software
Advanced Design System is the world’s leading electronic design automation software for RF, microwave and high-speed digital applications. In a powerful and easy-to-use interface, ADS pioneers the most innovative and commercially successful technologies, such as X-parameters* and 3-D electromagnetic simulators, used by leading companies in wireless communications and networking as well as the aerospace and defense industries. For more information about Agilent ADS, visit

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, electronics and communications. The company’s 18,700 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $6.6B in fiscal 2011. For more information, visit

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SOURCE: Agilent Technologies