Agilent Technologies Inc. announced the launch of a series of 30-second demos on 10 popular microwave EDA usability innovations for its Advanced Design System software, electronic design automation software for RF, microwave and high-speed applications. The innovations further enhance the software’s ease of use, while improving the overall productivity of today’s RF and microwave engineers.

Agilent’s new usability innovations for ADS came about in direct response to customer feedback. In fact, they were specifically suggested by ADS users.

“The feedback we get on ADS is often related to its power, completeness and simulation accuracy, and over the past few releases of ADS we’ve added ease of use to the list,” said Charles Plott, product planning manager in Agilent’s EEsof EDA organization. “Our new 30-second demos represent just a sampling of what we’ve accomplished by tapping into the creativity of our users. We’re confident that both our existing customers and prospective customers will be pleased with what they see.”

Among the innovations are an Optimization Cockpit that simplifies the optimization process and a 3-D Viewer that includes EM visualization, allowing designers to see every detail of a circuit. Another new feature automatically generates layout look-alike components for use in schematics. Other user-inspired innovations include an Interactive Substrate Editor, Design Documentation Notebook, 3-D EM Components, and 3-D Connectivity Checker, just to name a few. Each new innovation is available at no charge as a standard feature in ADS.