Design Automation


Integrated EDA solution cuts RF PCB development time

12 November 2008 Design Automation

Mentor Graphics and Agilent Technologies announced a jointly developed solution that can significantly improve productivity for the design of RF circuits on printed circuit boards. The industry-first solution is expected to cut PCB design cycle times in half and improve the quality of mixed-technology designs.

This tightly integrated solution enables PCB mixed-signal designers (RF, analog and digital) to concurrently design a PCB using Mentor’s Expedition Enterprise or Board Station XE flows and seamlessly integrate it with Agilent’s Advanced Design System (ADS) EDA software for RF design and simulation.

“System designs have evolved to the point where digital, analog and RF on the same PCB for wireless, handheld and telecom industries is the norm,” said Henry Potts, vice president and general manager of Mentor’s Systems Design Division. “Designing these mixed-technology systems requires tight integration of the physical layout environments and their respective simulation tools to insure optimised performance and short design cycle times. While Mentor Graphics is the leader in signal integrity simulation for digital PCBs, a collaboration with Agilent to integrate its RF specialised tools with the Mentor PCB systems design flows will provide our customers with capabilities needed to solve the complex multimode system issues they encounter today.”

Agilent’s ADS is a high-frequency, high-speed electronic design automation software platform. It offers complete design integration to designers of products such as cellular and portable phones, pagers, wireless networks, radar and satellite communications systems, and high-speed digital serial links.

Mentor Graphics’ Expedition Enterprise and Board Station XE design flows provide users with advanced PCB systems design technologies.



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