Keysight Technologies Inc. demonstrated the Advanced Design System (ADS) Electro-Thermal Simulator at the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2015, Booth 739, Phoenix, May 17-22. The solution provides accurate, temperature aware IC simulation results by using device temperatures that take into account thermal coupling and thermal characteristics of the RFIC/MMIC component packaging.

IMS is the premier annual international meeting for technologists involved in all aspects of microwave theory and practice. It consists of a full week of events, including paper presentations, tutorials and workshops, as well as an exhibition featuring more than 550 companies.

Keysight experts demonstrated critical capabilities of the Electro-Thermal Simulator, including:

  • Accuracy, realized in the solution’s temperature-aware circuit simulation results based on state-of-the-art thermal solver technology
  • Efficiency, brought about through the solution’s direct integration with the ADS layout environment and circuit simulators, which eliminates the need to transfer data to stand-alone thermal solvers
  • Speed, stemming from the solution’s high capacity thermal solver technology, which has been tested on SoC designs with thousands of components

The ADS Electro-Thermal Simulator supports 1) steady-state (harmonic balance, DC, AC, S-parameter) analysis, and 2) transient and envelope analyses. Engineers can use the simulator with GaAs, Si and SiGe, as well as a number of other process technologies.

The simulator runs on the Linux 64-bit OS platform and also will soon support the Microsoft Windows OS platform.

A webcast highlighting the functionality of the Electro-Thermal Simulator will take place on June 4. The webcast, “Avoid Design Hazards and Improve Performance with Electro-Thermal Simulation,” will explore the use of full electro-thermal analysis to provide accurate electrical and thermal results with full chip capacity and submicron resolution.

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