Cadence Enhances RF Verification

Venice, Florida &#8212 Cadence Design Systems, Inc. has introduced a new simulation technology to verify wireless integrated circuits implemented in advanced CMOS process nodes. Cadence has added the “turbo” technology it recently brought to the Virtuoso&#174 Spectre&#174 Circuit Simulator to its RF analysis. The result is performance improvements of two to five times for analysis and verification of large RF circuits targeting advanced CMOS process nodes, and with no degradation in accuracy.

This technology complements a complete manufacturability-aware solution from Cadence for design, implementation and verification of RF integrated circuits (RFICs). Based on the Virtuoso custom design platform, this solution enables designers to deal with the challenge of integrating RF with analog/mixed-signal baseband, and the emerging need for RFIC-focused electromagnetic analysis.

The complete solution includes the Cadence Virtuoso RF Designer, which brings a full-wave fast planar electromagnetic (EM) field solver to the RF/wireless designer's desktop. Virtuoso RF Designer offers designers advanced verification capabilities for faster electromagnetic analysis of complex structures and geometries — all within a single design flow, accelerating chip finishing and verification. Virtuoso RF Designer integrates seamlessly into the Virtuoso front-end and leverages Cadence's patented electromagnetic analysis technology to accelerate and accommodate large designs found in today's RFICs and System-on-Chip (SoC).
The Cadence RFIC solution provides an interactive link between system design and circuit design by integrating with Simulink from The MathWorks. In addition, Cadence has developed a toolbox for MATLAB that allows designers to access their simulation results in MATLAB for advanced visualization and post-processing.

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