AWR, an innovation leader in high-frequency electronic design automation (EDA), announced Version 2009 of its Analog Office high-frequency analog and RFIC design software. This latest release includes AWR’s patent-pending multi-rate harmonic balance (MRHB™) technology, which dramatically increases the speed and reduces the computer memory required to perform steady-state analysis of complex multi-tone designs such as those found in receivers and transmitters with multiple stages of upconversion and downconversion.

Analog Office Version 2009 also offers AWR’s AXIEM™ 3D planar EM technology, which now supports 64-bit operating systems, multi-core PCs and shape pre-processing algorithms that decrease solution time for complex geometries.

Additional features in Analog Office Version 2009 include:

Automated Circuit Extraction (ACE): Improved extraction flow using frequency-domain interconnect modeling technology along with more traditional RLCK extraction.

Extract Flow with AXIEM: For very-high-frequency designs, the same layout can be effortlessly extracted to AXIEM software for full-wave 3D planar electromagnetic characterization.

DRC/LVS: PowerDRC/LVS technology provides fast, accurate, affordable physical verification solutions for analog and mixed-signal design and is now integrated into Analog Office software as an add-on module.

OpenAccess: As a founding member of the Interoperable PDK Library (IPL) alliance, AWR supports open access (OA) process design kits (PDK) and layout views that enable an interoperable design flow among EDA vendors.

Sapphicon PDKs: Comprehensive PDKs are now available for Sapphicon Semiconductor’s advanced 0.25-μm RF complementary metal oxide semiconductor (RF CMOS) silicon-on-sapphire processes.