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Model extraction package for use with IC-CAP

Posted: 17 Jul 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:model extraction package  DC  RF parameters  CMOS 

Agilent Technologies Inc. releases the first commercially available HiSIM2.4 model extraction package for DC and RF parameters for advanced CMOS device models.

The package, for use with Agilent's Integrated Circuit Characterisation and Analysis Program (IC-CAP) software platform, provides an easy-to-use, efficient and customisable method for measuring and extracting accurate DC and RF parameter values for the HiSIM2.4 model, claims the company. The HiSIM2.4 device model, developed by Hiroshima University in Japan, is one of the next-generation, industry-standard CMOS compact models for circuit simulation.

"Creating accurate device-simulation models for advanced CMOS digital processes is problematic because gate accumulation and tunnelling, trap-assisted tunnelling, and halo effects are observed at smaller technology nodes," said Roberto Tinti, product manager with Agilent's EEs of EDA division. "Circuit designers can use Agilent's HiSIM2.4 model extraction package to accurately predict the behaviour of highly non-linear RF circuits, such as mixers, amplifiers and switches."

According to Agilent, IC-CAP provides a powerful open and flexible environment for measuring and extracting device models for a broad range of process technologies, including CMOS, BJT and HBT on silicon and compound semiconductors. The HiSIM2.4 package—the latest in Agilent's series of IC-CAP Device Model Extraction Packages—gives designers the ability to automatically generate a complete device model for DC and RF parameters or adapt the package to meet specific modelling needs.

The HiSIM2.4 Model Extraction Package provides a high-speed link to Agilent's Advanced Design System (ADS) software. ADS supports the latest version of the HiSIM2.41 model, which is necessary to generate an accurate extraction of DC and RF parameters.

The Agilent HiSIM2.4 is an option with the IC-CAP 2008 Add-On 1 release. It is available now, with prices starting at approximately Rs.8.80 lakh ($22,000).

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