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Agilent Technologies announces first complete PSP model extraction package


New device-modeling tool improves efficiency, accuracy of CMOS modeling

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 28, 2006

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the first complete and commercially available Pennsylvania State University-Philips (PSP) model parameter extraction package for advanced complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) device models. The new package, for use with Agilentís Integrated Circuit Characterization and Analysis Program (IC-CAP) software platform, provides more accurate and efficient modeling than was possible with previously available solutions.

ďCMOS modelers are finding that parameters that canít be calculated using the BSIM4 model are causing costly errors in their results,Ē said Chris Eppers, product manager with Agilentís EEsof EDA division. ďAs device geometries approach 65 nm and smaller, the BSIM4 model no longer holds for growing analog and RF applications. A more advanced modeling solution, such as the PSP model, is necessary.Ē

Semiconductor foundries use IC-CAP software to accurately characterize foundry processes, resulting in reduced design cycles, decreased manufacturing costs and faster time-to-market for a variety of devices. With Agilentís PSP Model Extraction Package and IC-CAP, software designers can generate complete models based on the most recent version of the Compact Modeling Councilís standardized PSP model. The package includes an easy-to-use interface for measurement collection, recommended extraction flows and model implementation. Agilentís PSP Model Extraction Package has been verified with foundry data from several large CMOS foundries.

The PSP Model Extraction Package is part of Agilentís broad strategy to support the latest standardized CMOS models. Following Agilentís recent acquisition of Xpedion Design Systems, the company plans to leverage its established expert relationship with PSP model developer Dr. G. Gildenblat for continued PSP model development and training.

More information about the Agilent PSP Model Extraction Package for IC-CAP is available at

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Pricing and Availability

The Agilent PSP Model Extraction Package is orderable now, and is expected to ship before the end of 2006. IC-CAP parameter extraction software is available now, with prices starting at approximately $15,000.
About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the worldís premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The companyís 20,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $5.1 billion in fiscal year 2005. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at


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