Technologies (NYSE: A), today announced that TSMC has certified the accuracy,
performance and compatibility of Agilent's GoldenGate RFIC circuit simulator
for baseband designs targeting TSMC's 65LP nanometer (nm) and 40LP nm processes.
The TSMC SPICE Tool Qualification Program targets TSMC's 65/40 nm and smaller
geometry process technologies, delivering improved device model accuracy, enhanced
simulation efficiency and compatibility, and enabling faster time-to-market
and first-pass silicon success.
"As part of the TSMC Open Innovation Platform, I am pleased to announce
that Agilent's GoldenGate RF/mixed-signal simulator has met the stringent 65/40LP
nm baseband SPICE Tool Qualification Program requirements for accuracy and compatibility,"
said Tom Quan, deputy director of Design Service Marketing at TSMC. "GoldenGate
qualification reports for TSMC's 65/40nm processes have been posted on TSMC-Online."
"With the ever-increasing complexity and operating characteristics for
next-generation wireless ICs, foundry and EDA collaboration is essential for
successful RFIC designs in these leading-edge technology nodes," said Paul
Colestock, RFIC product marketing manager with Agilent's EEsof EDA division.
"We are pleased with the certification of GoldenGate for these advanced
RFIC nodes as well as the relationship we have established with TSMC on several
fronts that will benefit our mutual RFIC customers."
GoldenGate is an advanced simulation and analysis solution for integrated mixed-signal
RFIC design. Its unique simulation algorithms are optimized for the challenging
demands of today's complex RFICs, and its capacity enables full characterization
of complete transceivers, including parasitics, prior to tape-out. GoldenGate
takes advantage of frequency-domain, time domain and mixed-signal simulation
technologies to ensure proper device operation, increased manufacturability
and reduced design spins.
GoldenGate also includes a suite of automation tools to increase overall simulation
coverage developed with the RFIC designer in mind. This suite helps designers
launch multiple, parallel simulations, quickly analyze circuit performances
and diagnose problems with mixed-signal RFICs earlier in the design cycle.
GoldenGate is part of Agilent's RFIC simulation, analysis and verification
solution that also includes Momentum for 3-D Planar electromagnetic simulation,
Ptolemy Wireless Test Benches for system level verification, and the Advanced
Design System EDA Data Display for advanced data analysis. This suite links
the RF system, subsystem, and component-level design and analysis as part of
a unique and comprehensive design flow.