Agilent releases a new version of its Advanced Design System

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced availability of the next major release of its core high-frequency electronic design automation (EDA) software. The new Advanced Design System (ADS) 2006A makes it easy for designers to take advantage of RF architecture and synthesis capabilities to generate complex, high-frequency system and circuit designs within their current ADS design flow.

Agilent acquired sophisticated RF system architecture capabilities when it acquired Eagleware in August 2005. The company is retaining the Eagleware GENESYS platform while integrating key technology into the ADS design flow to increase designers' speed and efficiency. The integrated capabilities in ADS 2006A include:

  • WhatIF — an intermediate frequency (IF) planning tool for RF system architects
  • Spectrasys — the only continuous-spectrum RF system simulator with root-cause analysis; and
  • Synthesis — eight design assistants that implement manufacture-ready circuit-level designs, such as precise image-reject filters for RF boards.

The new version of ADS allows designers to create an RF system, rearrange system blocks quickly to improve performance, and then implement some of the circuits straight from the simulator. By building bridges from the RF architect tools to ADS, Agilent has given ADS users access to new technology without disrupting their established design flow, making the communications system design process faster and more efficient.

The ADS release also contains links to the Agilent Knowledge Center for real-time application help and problem-solving. The Agilent Knowledge Center is an online technical support forum and support data archive that is accessed by more than 10,000 registered users worldwide. The ADS 2006A user documentation is similarly linked.

A view of the ADS 2006A user interface during the creation of an RF system

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The ADS software release is available for immediate download. Supported ADS users are encouraged to visit the Software Download area of the Agilent Knowledge Center.
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