Integrated, Efficient Flow Reduces Risk, Speeds Power Amplifier Module Design
Agilent Technologies announces an expansion of the use of its Advanced Design System (ADS) EDA software at Skyworks Solutions Inc., an innovator of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors. The two companies have customized the ADS platform for an integrated and efficient design-for-manufacturing flow. The expansion enables rapid development, high performance and manufacturability for Skyworks’ front-end power amplifier modules. Agilent and Skyworks engineers worked together to create design-for-manufacturing customization using the integrated Momentum 3-D planar simulator for electromagnetic simulation of module effects alongside ADS RF circuit simulation. They modified menus in ADS to include customized Process Design Kits (PDKs), component libraries and corner simulation setups. In addition, Agilent’s technical staff supported the Skyworks engineers by providing a customized noise simulator specifically for the company. ADS is a powerful electronic design automation software platform, offering complete design integration to designers of products such as cellular phones, wireless networks, radar and satellite communications systems, and high-speed digital serial links.