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Agilent Technologies' SystemVue 2009.08 Unlocks RF-DSP Co-design, Custom Flow for "Model-Based Design"


SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 5, 2009

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that SystemVue version 2009.08 is now available for download. It features a number of new capabilities including an automated link that unlocks RF-DSP co-design and a fully custom, high-performance baseband signal processing design flow. Coupled with new IP reference libraries for DVB-S2, mmWave WPAN (IEEE 802.15.3c) and 3GPP LTE, the SystemVue 2009.08 release accelerates design of high-performance physical layer (PHY) signal processing in both aerospace/defense and commercial wireless applications.

Automating RF Modeling for DSP Developers

A key feature of SystemVue 2009.08 is a new simulation interface -- the RFlink -- which more effectively models RF transceivers and air interface for baseband designers. Available in SystemVue's optional W1719 RF System Design Kit, the RFlink bridges the gap between baseband signal processing and proven RF tools. Traditional DSP approaches either add "RF" block sets to limited dataflow simulators or use a brute-force analog co-simulation method that is orders of magnitude slower than DSP tools. In contrast, Agilent's automated RFlink conveniently embeds RF architectures into a baseband DSP environment, for a unified top-down team approach to system design. Using it, baseband designers can now re-use an RF system architect's own IP to see the impact of additional RF effects (e.g., internal impedance mismatch, nonlinearities and reverse propagation) within their native DSP environment, verify the robustness of their algorithms, and reduce overall design margins.

"SystemVue's new RFlink feature improves the accuracy and convenience of modeling the RF portion of signal processing chains, without burdening DSP architects with clunky analog tools or requiring specialized RF expertise," said Frank Ditore, product manager of Agilent's SystemVue. "By allowing the RF, system and baseband design teams to share a common environment for concurrent design, the link enables superior top-down RF-baseband partitioning and reduces overall design margins."

Enabling High-Performance Custom Model-Based Design

Another critical feature of SystemVue 2009.08 is its ability to enable a complete, end-to-end (system level to hardware) model-based design flow. This flow is made possible by allowing user-defined modeling of high-performance PHYs at multiple levels of abstraction, including C++ and math language algorithms, bit-true fixed-point models and cycle-accurate VHDL generation.

Together with easy scripting and instrument links for verification, SystemVue 2009.08 is now capable of importing and encapsulating a company's high-performance signal-processing IP flow, and verifying models at each level of abstraction -- either at the communications system level or a lower hardware level. This integration makes SystemVue a cost-effective, open, vendor-neutral platform for demanding custom applications, such as radar, software-defined radio and homeland security.

New Reference IP for Emerging Wireless PHYs

Other new features found in Agilent's SystemVue 2009.08 release are algorithmic references for emerging physical layer standards. These references allow system architects and baseband designers to verify signal processing algorithms and hardware implementation long before test equipment or commercial PHYs are available and include:

About SystemVue 2009

SystemVue 2009 is Agilent's new electronic design automation (EDA) platform for electronic system-level (ESL) design. The new platform cuts physical layer (PHY) design time in half for high-performance communications algorithms and system architectures, for both wireless and aerospace/defense applications.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Agilent's SystemVue 2009.08 is now available for download at Pricing for the SystemVue environment starts at approximately $15,000. A free 30-day evaluation is available at A photo of SystemVue 2009.08 is available at

About Agilent EEsof EDA Software

Agilent EEsof EDA is the technology leader and industry's leading supplier of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software for microwave, RF, high-frequency, high-speed, RF system, electronic system level (ESL), circuit, 3-D electromagnetic, physical design and device-modeling applications. Agilent EEsof EDA offers personal, value-priced products as well as enterprise-level solutions that save money, improve design flows and simplify EDA vendor relationships. Agilent EEsof EDA software is compatible with and is used to design the company's test and measurement equipment. Additional information about all Agilent EDA software offerings is available at

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 18,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.8 billion in fiscal 2008. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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