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What's New in PathWave Design 2021?

PathWave DesignThe PathWave Design Introduction is the annual product announcement for Keysight PathWave Design Software (formerly Keysight EEsof EDA). This includes major platform releases for PathWave ADS, PathWave RFIC Design (GoldenGate), PathWave Device Modeling (IC-CAP), PathWave System Design (SystemVue), PathWave EM Design (EMPro), and PathWave RF Synthesis (Genesys).

PathWave Design 2021

PathWave Design 2021 includes new capabilities to provide you with solutions to address today's design challenges as well as anticipated industry trends for the future. Including increasing design complexity of multi-chip RF modules associated with 5G design and simulation at RF, microwave- and mmWave frequencies, broadband modulation, electro-magnetic and thermal effects on design performance, increasing number of wireless standards, phased array design, beamforming, linearity, workflow integration, GaN models & extraction for high power applications, DDR5 simulation solutions and much more.

Platform Releases & Key New Capabilities

PathWave ADS for RF & Microwave DesignPathWave ADS for RF & Microwave Design

  • Circuit Simulation Performance Improvements: Envelope, Compact Test Signals, Distortion EVM, 5G VTB to dramatically improve simulation speed and accuracy for 5G design throughout the design cycle, not only for final verification.
  • Data Display Analysis Modernization
  • RFPro simulation with Encrypted 3D models; RFIC FEM packaging analysis in ADS and Virtuoso platforms
  • Layout vs. Layout Verification
  • SimService: Improved High Performance Computing setup and speed for EM simulation technologies

PathWave ADS for High-Speed Digital DesignPathWave ADS for High Speed Digital Design

  • Memory Designer Pre-Layout Flow Enhancements
  • RapidScan-Z0 in SIPro
  • VPI Link for E-O-E system simulation
  • SimService for Parallel EM simulations

PathWave ADS for Power Electronics Design

PathWave ADS for Power Electronics Design

  • Datasheet-based modeling

PathWave RFIC Design (GoldenGate)

  • New loading mechanism for Virtual Test Benches
  • Native PSF and PSF-XL support
  • PDK parsing phase has been dramatically sped up
  • Transistor model updates

PathWave System DesignPathWave System Design (SystemVue)

  • RF Impairment Modeling
  • Model Driven Engineering Flow
  • 5G NR Library Update

PathWave EM Design (EMPro)

  • Part encryption to ensure IP protection
  • FEM increased robustness
  • Python 3.7 update

PathWave Device ModelingPathWave Device Modeling (IC-CAP) and Model Builder (MBP)

  • RF GaN Modeling – Trapping and thermal modeling of the CMC standard model
  • Product modernization – PathWave style UI and usability improvements
  • Reliability modeling – AgeMOS model extraction package
  • Next generation A-LFNA – Breakthrough noise measurements in the measurement speed and performance

PathWave RF Synthesis (Genesys)

  • Platform Updates and more

PathWave ADS 2021 will ship in the coming weeks, with PathWave EM Design and PathWave RFIC Design following in the weeks thereafter. PathWave System Design & PathWave Device Modeling will ship later this year. PathWave RF Synthesis is expected to ship in early 2021.

Additional Resources

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