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Agilent Technologies Announces Availability of Powerful New TriQuint Process Design Kit that Streamlines MMIC Design Process


PDK Provides Most Complete MMIC Design Flow Available for TriQuint’s TQPED E/D pHEMT Process

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the availability of a powerful foundry-certified process design kit (PDK) to support TriQuint Semiconductor’s popular TQPED GaSs E/D pHEMT process. Providing the most complete MMIC design flow available using Agilent’s Advanced Design System (ADS) platform, the new TQPED PDK completely renovates layout functions, adds many design automation and routing capabilities, and provides a MMIC toolbar personality to help streamline the MMIC design process. The PDK is available now from TriQuint.

One of the PDK’s new capabilities is a TriQuint mailDRC function that can be launched automatically with the design embedded in an e-mail message. This capability allows users to easily and quickly obtain DRC results from TriQuint, through their Microsoft(r) Outlook client, directly from the ADS environment without having to bother with annoying translation steps. In addition, the PDK includes substrate definitions for Agilent’s integrated 3-D planar EM simulator, Momentum, to help decrease design cycle time.

“We are excited to provide this upgraded TQPED PDK to use with Agilent’s ADS, a trusted MMIC design platform,” said Glen Riley, vice president and general manager of TriQuint’s Commercial Foundry business unit. “This PDK will make it easier than ever before to design low-noise amplifiers, power amplifiers and other integrated MMIC’s using the industry-leading TQPED E/D pHEMT process technology.”

“Given the popularity of the TriQuint TQPED process technology with our installed customer base, our continued collaboration with TriQuint is critical to providing future upgraded PDKs for TriQuint processes,” said Jim McGillivary, vice president and general manager of Agilent EEsof EDA. “Such upgrades will ensure that ADS users of TriQuint kits have a complete streamlined flow that supports the multiple EM technologies integrated within ADS, like the Momentum tool. Users will also be able to extract X-parameter* models of their TriQuint designs either directly from ADS or through Agilent instrumentation, providing an accurate and complete unified behavioral modeling capability and further simplifying the design process.”

ADS is a powerful electronic design automation software platform and the industry’s leading MMIC design platform. It offers complete design integration to designers of products such as cellular phones, wireless networks, radar and satellite communications systems, and high-speed digital serial links. ADS is the industry leader in high-frequency design, supporting system and RF design engineers developing all types of RF designs, from simple to the most complex, from RF/microwave modules to integrated MMICs for communications and aerospace/defense applications. Additional information is available at


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