Bookham adopts Agilent's MMIC design-flow solution

22 April 2003 Caswell, UK Lightwave Europe--Bookham Technology has migrated its MMIC model and design libraries to the latest release of Agilent Technologies' Advanced Design System software ADS 2003A.

22 April 2003 Caswell, UK--Bookham Technology has migrated its MMIC model and design libraries to the latest release of Agilent Technologies' Advanced Design System software ADS 2003A.

Under an early adopter program, Bookham has been working with Agilent to improve the finished software and to ensure a smooth transfer for its customers who will be using the new release in the near future.

"ADS is used by many of the serious MMIC designers in the world, and many are also using our foundry processes," said Ray Taylor, Business Manager, RF MMICs & Foundry Products, at Bookham. "We must provide full support for new releases of ADS and make sure that our design libraries work seamlessly with it."

"Microwave designers are the core of our business," said Joe Civello, ADS platform manager for Agilent EEsof EDA. "We are continuing to provide products and solutions that large or small companies can start and grow with, allowing them to maximize the return on their MMIC EDA investment.

The early adopter program is a key part of ensuring that ADS benefits from the experience of the leading designers and foundries like Bookham, and so continues to meet their needs and those of their customers."

ADS 2003A is directly focused at MMIC design applications and offers major advances in virtually all product areas, from simulation models and foundry design kits to schematic design, simulation capabilities, data display, layout, design synchronization and verification, and support for manufacturing.

ADS now offers the most powerful front-to-back design flow for MMIC design. Bookham has developed design kits that support schematic and layout design in ADS for their MESFET and pHEMT processes. These kits will be demonstrated at the International Microwave Symposium in Philadelphia in June 2003. The libraries are freely available on CD-ROM to customers of Bookham's MMIC foundry services.

Bookham's Caswell foundry has the longest continuous history of GaAs development in the world, going back to 1962, and has retained over 100 man-years of experience in GaAs MMIC design.

The company's devices span commercial professional communications applications, including aerospace and military microwave markets, in addition to radio access, point-to-point links and point-to-multipoint links, including Wireless LANs, Wireless Local Loops and Microwave Multipoint Distribution Systems.

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