Agilent Technologies Inc. announced shipment of the latest release of its flagship RF and microwave design and simulation platform, Advanced Design System 2011. As the industry's most comprehensive multi-technology design platform, ADS 2011 represents a significant breakthrough in electronic design automation.

Agilent also announced that its work with GaAs/GaN and RF SiGe/BiCMOS/CMOS foundries and relevant SMD component vendors has resulted in their support for ADS 2011. During the past six months, the majority of existing ADS process design kits and libraries have been upgraded and verified on early access releases. These upgraded kits and libraries will be made publicly available to foundry and component vendor customers in the coming days, enabling them to take advantage of new capabilities in ADS 2011.

The new kits work seamlessly with ADS 2011.01, as well as ADS 2009 Update 1 and prior ADS releases. As a result, users need only download and install the desired kit, independent of which ADS release they are using. Requests for specific kits should be directed to the appropriate component vendor or foundry.