RFIC simulation, verification and analysis software

November 19, 2012 // By Julien Happich
Agilent Technologies is now shipping its GoldenGate 2012.10 RFIC simulation, verification and analysis software, offering extended design-for-manufacturing solutions and improved links to system design.

GoldenGate 2012 accelerates design verification through a number of technology enhancements that allow users to set up distributed simulations, run them with unmatched performance, and display and analyze massive amounts of data.

Agilent also offers GoldenGate users an extended parallel simulation license at a fraction of the cost of the base GoldenGate simulator license. It is supported in any scenario launching a parallel simulation, including ADE-XL in Cadence Virtuoso.

X-parameters generation is another key capability of GoldenGate 2012. It allows designers to capture the nonlinear behavior of active components such as amplifiers and save the data for quick use in simulation models in RF system or circuit designs, while also hiding all intellectual property.

The tool now supports AC stability analysis, which provides simplified setup, analysis and results processing for Bode stability analysis using the Middlebrook technique. The analysis allows the circuit's open-loop gain and phase characteristics to be determined while the loop remains closed and requires no changes to the schematic.

Improved links to system-level simulation include enhancements to the Fast Circuit Envelope model export from GoldenGate to SystemVue and the ability to export and evaluate Application Extension Language expressions during Virtual Testbench evaluation with Ptolemy.

A broad range of usability enhancements include improvements in RFIC simulation, support for advanced analysis and millimeter-wave design, and wireless standard-compliant verification.

A design-for-manufacturing enhancement integrates GoldenGate 2012 into the MunEDA WiCkeD tool suite for the analysis, sizing and modeling of circuits. The integration enables automatic compensation of process variations and parasitic influences, and helps reduce the overall power consumption and noise in RF circuits.

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