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Design suite boasts user interface enhancements

Posted: 01 Oct 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit  user interface  design flow 

AWR has released Version 2008 of its Analog Office design environment targeted for Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit (RFIC) design. Version 2008 includes hundreds of enhancements to the user interface and design flow that dramatically increase user flexibility and productivity.

Features such as project, elements, layout tabs, and the status window are now dockable and floatable, providing a design environment that is fully configurable to suit personal preferences. This new flexibility streamlines design tasks to save time, maximise useable screen space, provide greater insight into the design, and allow more complex designs to be handled more quickly.

Other major enhancements in include:

- Capacity: The APLAC harmonic balance engine delivers better convergence on highly non-linear circuits, circuits with thousands of transistors, and circuits in which the transistors are driven deep into compression. Non-linear noise analysis is now up to 100 times faster and consumes 90% less memory.

- Extraction: Improved extraction flow now enables simulation of interconnects using frequency-domain models in AWR's ACE technology in addition to more traditional RLCK extraction. For very-high-frequency designs, the same layout can be effortlessly extracted to AXIEM, AWR's new 3D planar EM solver for increased accuracy.

-Verification: AWR's new Precision Design Rule Checking (DRC) engine is targeted at the needs of today's complex silicon designs. The DRC user interface has also been improved to streamline the look and feel of DRC capability whether the engine being used is AWR's Precision, Mentor Graphics' Calibre, or Cadence Design Systems' Assura.

Version 2008 of the Analog Office design environment is available now for customers with active maintenance contracts by electronic download on the AWR website.

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