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Key Features & Specifications

Advanced Design System (ADS) 2009 Update 1 includes:

  • New X-Parameter* Generator — creates fast, IP-protected nonlinear models
  • Enhanced Integrated 3D EM Analysis — including Finite Element EM sweeps, optimization and co-simulation with circuit analysis
  • Complete MMIC ADS Desktop Flow to Manufacturing — including enhanced PDKs, Desktop LVS and Calibre LVS integration
  • New Optimization Cockpit — interactively monitor, tune and guide optimizations for better results, faster
  • Signal Integrity Channel Simulation and Eye Diagram Statistics
  • Dozens of other improvements to the circuit & EM simulators, models & libraries, and the ADS Core platform including layout & data display


Advanced Design System 2009 Update 1

ADS 2009 Update 1 delivers new features and improved value for all ADS users with special focus on MMIC and RF Module design, including enhancing the complete flow to manufacturing. These new features eliminate the time to integrate disparate point tools from numerous vendors (e.g. 3D EM and Layout). This, along with the new simplified ADS product structure, can provide significant license cost savings for the MMIC/Module design. Learn more about the new ADS product structure.

New X-Parameter Generator

X-parameter models are fast, cascadable, nonlinear behavioral models that accurately account for frequency mixing and impedance mismatch. X-parameters fulfill a long standing need from the high-frequency design community for nonlinear behavioral models that can be created from measurement or simulation with the same speed and convenience as the well known linear S-parameters. The X-Parameter Generator enables MMIC, RF-SIP and RF module design houses to provide their customers with an accurate, pre-prototype model of their nonlinear devices (e.g. power amplifiers, front-end modules and transceivers) to further enable concurrent design and secure early design wins. Learn more about the W2305 X-Parameter Generator.

To see a demonstration, refer to Video Demos on Generating X-parameters from Circuit Level Designs.

Enhanced Integrated 3D EM Analysis

3D parameterized components from Electromagnetic Professional (EMPro) can now be used for swept simulation and optimization in the ADS Finite Element simulator (EMDS G2). Custom parameterized 3D components can be created in EMPro’s solid modeling environment and then placed in ADS layout. EMDS G2 can then simulate the 3D component together with the surrounding layout and even co-simulate with ADS circuit simulators. This powerful combination will detect chip/module/package/board interface issues much earlier in the design process. Learn more about EMPro.

Complete MMIC ADS Desktop Flow to Manufacturing

  • Enhanced and customized GaAs foundry qualified, approved and supported Process Design Kits (PDKs) that include Calibre & Assura DRC support and new MMIC toolbars
  • MMIC toolbars enable the full set of layout editing commands customized for foundry-specific PDKs, including single-button commands to: convert traces to transmission-line elements; edit transmission-line elements (stretch, tap, split, move to layer); automatically insert vias; automatically create multi-layer metal traces; synchronize layout back to the schematic; check design differences between layout and schematic; show nodal and physical connectivity; and launch the 3D layout viewer and DRC engine. To see a demonstration of the MMIC toolbars, refer to the New "Easy to Use" Layout Tool Bar Video Demo.
  • Multi-technology PDK support provides easier management of interconnect layers and automation of MMIC/Module assembly for 3D EM simulation
  • ADS Desktop LVS, a new layout vs. schematic design checker that requires no setup and catches errors early in the design cycle
  • Calibre LVS integration supplements existing support for Calibre & Assura DRC

Learn more about Keysight EEsof EDA Foundry Partners and Industry Resources.

New Optimization Cockpit

The optimization cockpit is a new interactive environment (cockpit) that enables you to enter multiple optimization variables and goals and interactively tune and control the progress of the optimizer. This enables you to achieve the best performance while gaining design insights on the behavior of the optimized variables versus the goals. At a glance, you can identify which variables are constrained at the limits of their allowed ranges and adjust these limits to allow the optimizer to achieve better results. You can also observe the Pareto of which goals dominate the error function to provide guidance on setting the goal weightings. View a video demo of the new Optimization Cockpit in ADS 2009 Update 1.

Signal Integrity Channel Simulation and Eye Diagram Statistics

ADS 2009 Update 1 adds the following capabilities to the Channel Simulator in the W2302 Transient Convolution Element:

  • Decision feedback equalizer (DFE) and Feed-forward equalizer (FFE) support with automatic tap optimization
  • Statistical simulation mode
  • Bit-error rate (BER) contour and bathtub display
  • New eye mask utility with automatic violation checker
  • Enhanced crosstalk modeling
  • I/O Buffer Information Specification (IBIS) Emitter-coupled logic (ECL) Models
  • New Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) Front Panel tool

Learn more about ADS for signal integrity.

For a summary of the features and capabilities that have been added or improved upon in this release, refer to Advanced Design System 2009 Updates.

View other ADS Product Versions.

* "X-parameters" is a trademark of Keysight Technologies, Inc. The X-parameter format and underlying equations are open and documented. For more information click here.