Agilent Technologies (NYSE:
A), the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications,
electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis, today announced
validation of its GoldenGate RFIC simulation, analysis and verification tool
to accelerate RF readiness for STMicroelectronics' 32 nm RF CMOS technology.
The qualification of GoldenGate for STMicroelectronics' 32 nm RF technology
is the result of a long-term collaboration between the two companies that includes
65 nm and other market-critical processes.
"Our successful track record with GoldenGate allowed us to start optimizing
32 nm RF IP designs early in our technology development cycle with a comprehensive
AMS/RF Physical Design Kit and CAD solution," said Vincent Varo, CMOS and
derivative process design kit manager, Technology R&D, STMicroelectronics.
"These designs include best-in class RF devices (RF MOS, MOM, inductors
and varactors) offered with suitably qualified SPICE models, simulation environment,
layout PCells and physical verification (DRC/LVS-PEX) tool-suite. With time-to-market
such a critical component in recouping the investment in leading-edge technologies,
having a head start on complex RF blocks is invaluable."
"Having the right tools is often not enough to be competitive these days,"
said Thierry Locquette, Global EDA account manager with Agilent's EEsof EDA
division. "You also need the confidence to deploy them during the early
phases of the technology development cycle. This kind of confidence comes from
having past successes and is a byproduct of making the investment to build relationships
like the one we have established with STMicroelectronics."
Agilent's GoldenGate software is an advanced simulation and analysis solution
for integrated mixed-signal RFIC designs. 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 also includes a suite of automation tools developed
with the RFIC designer in mind. This suite helps designers easily launch simulations,
quickly analyze circuit performances and diagnose problematic issues with mixed-signal
RFICs earlier in the design cycle.