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Agilent Technologies Improves RF Board Design with Latest Genesys EDA Software Release

Aug 01, 2008

Artwork Mask, Modeling and User Interface Enhancements Save Time for RF Designers with Tight Deadlines and Budgets

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced shipment of its Genesys 2008.07 release. The new Genesys release contains improvements to the reliability of artwork masks for electromagnetic (EM) verification and RF board manufacturing, along with modeling and user interface improvements. This functionality results in shorter design cycles with fewer iterations for RF designers with tight deadlines and budgets.

The Genesys 2008.07 release reliably exports RF board mask and artwork files to a wider of board fabricators, inexpensive rapid-prototyping machines and a variety of CAD/CAM software for physical product design. The release also includes a graphical artwork previewer and pre-production editor, allowing designers to inspect masks for layer alignment issues, short circuits or open circuits, and then make direct real-time adjustments with less guesswork. The underlying technology for reliable artwork exchange was adapted from Agilent's ADS 2008 platform, and is included as a free upgrade to all supported users of Agilent Genesys.

In addition to direct board fabrication, the new artwork tools allow users to import drawings for EM verification using the Momentum GX planar-3D EM simulator. Artwork exchange for Genesys users is improved particularly for the DXF, DWG and Gerber formats.

"We find that many Genesys customers connect to general-purpose board flows, where RF layouts are rolled up into a more mainstream CAD/CAM tool for overall product design," said Mounir Adada, product marketing manager with Agilent's EEsof EDA division. "Now, after layout using an external corporate process, it's practical for the RF artwork to return to Genesys for a final EM verification in Momentum GX. This closed loop helps ensure that designs work the first time."

The Genesys 2008.07 release also contains advanced, Windows(tm)-based facilities for modeling and key user interface improvements, including:

  • An industry-first, real-time equation debugger, allowing users to breakpoints and examine intermediate values of key variables inside scripts and models;

  • ability to easily repair complex s of modeling and post-processing equations;

  • a new industry-standard "Math Lang" scripting and modeling language that is compatible with the syntax and more than 100 math operators found worldwide in ".m" files;

  • "tabbed docking windows" that open and close dynamically to maximize working screen area;

  • a new multithreaded environment, which remains interactive during heavy simulation, optimization, and EM sessions, and;

  • more than 200 other improvements and defect fixes, such as support for d Wiki-based documentation and importation of "CITIfile" S-parameter data files from Agilent instruments.

These improvements are now included with the Genesys Core environment, and are available to currently supported Genesys users as an .

Supported Genesys customers are invited to download the 2008.07 release from the Agilent Knowledge Center (www.agilent.com/find/eesof-knowledgecenter). All others may request a free software evaluation at http://www.agilent.com/find/eesof-genesys-evaluation-pr.

About GENESYS

Genesys is an integrated EDA software platform for self-supporting RF and microwave designers and workgroups. From initial system architecture through final documentation, Genesys provides state-of-the-art performance in a single easy-to-use design environment that is fast, powerful and accurate.

Eagleware-Elanix, the originator of Genesys, was acquired by Agilent Technologies in 2005. Agilent continues to preserve the attractive pricing of Genesys for individual and self supporting design groups, while continually improving the software through innovative new technologies for breakthrough RF and microwave system and circuit design.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Genesys 2008.07 configurations for high-yield physical board design start at approximately $4,000, which includes the first 12 months support and all the new features listed in this press release. The "Genesys Nonlinear Pro GX" is a new configuration, which adds nonlinear simulation and Momentum GX EM simulation to Genesys Core, for approximately $16,000 total system cost, and also includes the first 12 months of support.

For more information about Genesys 2008.07, visit http://www.agilent.com/find/eesof-genesys2008_07.

For more information about Genesys suites, visit http://www.agilent.com/find/eesof-genesys.

Through October 2008, Agilent is offering special incentives to eligible Eagleware/Elanix customers to receive the latest product upgrades for their Genesys and SystemVue software. For more information regarding Eagleware Heritage Promotion 1.055, visit http://eesof.tm.agilent.com/forms/genesys_bts_promo.html.

A high-resolution image of the Genesys 2008.07 software is available at http://www.agilent.com/find/eesof-genesys2008_07_images.

About Agilent EEsof EDA Software

Agilent EEsof EDA software is compatible with and is used to design the company's test and measurement equipment. Additional information about all of Agilent's EDA software offerings is available at http://www.agilent.com/find/eesof.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2007. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at http://www.agilent.com.

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