Microwave Journal

Keysight Technologies demonstrates electro-thermal solver at IMS2015

May 29, 2015

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.

Additional information about IMS 2015 is available at www.ims2015.org. An image of the ADS Electro-Thermal Simulator is available at www.keysight.com/find/Electro-ThermalSimulator_images.

More information is available at www.keysight.com/find/eesof.