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Agilent Technologies announces industry's first 64-bit 3D-planar electromagnetic modeling software

Latest Momentum version improves capacity, accuracy and speed for design and verification of passive components, interconnects

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 6, 2005

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced a 64-bit version of Momentum, its 3D-planar electromagnetic software. The release offers significantly improved accuracy, capacity and speed for design and verification of passive components and interconnects for RFIC, MMIC and PCB/hybrid/module design.

The new 64-bit capability eliminates memory limitations and cuts EM simulation and verification time in half. For problems such as large interconnect, packaging and antenna-array structures, speed improvements of up to eight times have been observed. Until now, 3D-planar EM simulators have been available only for 32-bit processing, such as in personal computers. Thirty-two-bit computers are limited to up to a few gigabytes of memory, which also limits the size and complexity of the problems they can solve. Designers are often faced with simplifying their designs to stay within memory limitations, thus sacrificing accuracy. In many cases, EM analysis has simply been eliminated from the design process, incurring the risk of poor design performance and costly additional prototyping.

"Electromagnetic analysis is well known for superior accuracy and is a key piece of a predictive design flow," said Mounir Adada, product marketing manager at Agilent's EEsof EDA division. "However, the overhead, in terms of time and design flow integration, can make it inefficient when fast design-cycle time is a must. The 64-bit version of Momentum makes fast, accurate analysis of large networks and interconnect structures possible."

Momentum is a 3D-planar electromagnetic simulator that accepts arbitrary design geometries, including multilayer structures, and accurately simulates complex EM effects such as coupling and parasitics. Fully integrated into both Agilent's Advanced Design System (ADS) and RF Design Environment (RFDE) software packages, this EM simulator helps designers accurately characterize and improve passive circuit performance. Agilent ADS offers a complete set of system and circuit simulation technology and instrument links for RF and microwave design in a single, integrated flow. Agilent RFDE is an RF EDA software environment that tightly integrates leading RF simulation technologies from Agilent ADS into the Cadence Virtuoso industry-standard analog and mixed-signal design flow.

"Our mutual customers benefit greatly from the Cadence-Agilent alliance and the integration of these tools and technologies into the Cadence Virtuoso custom design platform," said Steven Lewis, director of product marketing, Cadence Design Systems Inc. "Agilent is recognized as the leader in delivering ground-breaking software in the RF and microwave design space."

In addition to the 64-bit capability in Momentum, this new version also contains a new iterative solver technology that is a key technique for quickly processing large design and verification jobs. It also contains a new 3D metal interconnect modeling technique that allows horizontal as well as vertical current modeling on all sides of metal interconnects.

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U.S. Pricing and Availability

The new version of Momentum, integrated into both ADS 2005A and RFDE 2005A, is expected to be available in September 2005.

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 28,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $7.2 billion in fiscal year 2004. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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