Agilent Technologies has begun shipping its GoldenGate 2012.10 RFIC simulation, verification and analysis software. The 2012 release offers RFIC designers a host of technology enhancements for accelerated design verification, extended design-for-manufacturing solutions and improved links to system design. Additionally, new licensing models offer users greater purchasing flexibility.
GoldenGate 2012 accelerates design verification through a number of technology enhancements that allow users to set up distributed simulations, run them and display and analyse massive amounts of data.
Agilent is also offering GoldenGate users an extended parallel simulation license at a fraction of the cost of the base GoldenGate simulator license. It is supported in any scenario launching a parallel simulation, including ADE-XL in Cadence Virtuoso.
X-parameters generation is a key capability of GoldenGate 2012 in that it allows designers to capture the nonlinear behaviour of active components such as amplifiers and saves the data for quick use in simulation models in RF system or circuit designs, while also hiding all intellectual property.
Other new and improved capabilities in GoldenGate 2012 include: AC stability analysis, which provides simplified setup, analysis and results processing for Bode stability analysis using the Middlebrook technique. The analysis allows the circuit’s open-loop gain and phase characteristics to be determined while the loop remains closed and requires no changes to the schematic; improved links to system-level simulation, including enhancements to the Fast Circuit Envelope model export from GoldenGate to SystemVue and the ability to export and evaluate Application Extension Language expressions during Virtual Testbench evaluation with Ptolemy and a broad range of usability enhancements, including improvements in RFIC simulation, support for advanced analysis and millimeter-wave design, and wireless standard-compliant verification.