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Cadence kits RF design tools

Posted: 15 Dec 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cadence Design Systems  RF Design Methodology Kit  wireless 

Cadence Design Systems Inc. announced its RF Design Methodology Kit, which is designed to address key challenges in wireless design. According to the company, this kit helps wireless chip designers achieve shorter, more predictable design cycles by better ensuring that silicon performance matches design intent.

The methodology kit leverages the latest technologies from Cadence for intelligently managing parasitic extraction and linking system-level design with IC implementation, and accurately, yet rapidly, verifying complete wireless designs that span digital, analogue and RF. The kit includes an 802.11 b/g WLAN transceiver reference design, a full suite of RF verification IP, test plans, and applicability training on the RF design and analysis methodologies. The kit focuses on front-to-back RF IC design and addresses behavioural modelling, circuit simulation, layout, parasitic extraction and re-simulation, and inductor synthesis. It also focuses on IC verification within a system context, leveraging system-level models and test benches for use by designers in the IC environment.

Additionally, the RF Design Methodology Kit leverages accurate 3D extraction technology and advanced physical modelling capabilities from Assura RF, links to system-level environments, and key functionality in the Virtuoso custom design platform with Flexible Balance option for calibrated results of transient and frequency analysis. The Virtuoso AMS Designer link to MATLAB and Simulink from The MathWorks is an example of a link to a key system-level design tool. The link to MATLAB and Simulink provides an executable specification that is continually elaborated throughout the development process. Thus, a common environment can be leveraged as IC designers verify against a system-level specification across multiple domains, including system, digital, mixed-signal and analog RF, said Cadence.

"Our customers continue to meet the market demands for ICs with wireless functionality, integrating voice and data capability with less power at a lower cost and within a shorter timeframe," said Ajay Malhotra, SVP of Marketing at Cadence.

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