Microwave Office® For MMICs

Advancing the State of High-Frequency Design Automation

With intense time-to-market pressures, our designers need proven design flows that work seamlessly and Microwave Office fills this need. Dr. Simon Mahon, Director of MMIC Design Mimix Broadband, Inc.

AWR is synonymous with innovation. Developed by monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) design engineers who knew there had to be a better way, our flagship Microwave Office design environment has forever changed the way that RF/microwave ideas become MMIC reality. What differentiates us from the competition? A complete design flow that combines cutting edge technologies that are easy to use, coupled with the ability to integrate your favorite tools for each part of the design process. The AWR Design Environment™ (AWRDE), with its revolutionary Unified Data Model™ (UDM), is such a unique, stable foundation that while others are patching and updating legacy platforms, we are able to invest our development resources
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in creating new technologies that enable designers to solve the latest, most challenging problems quickly and accurately. Nearly every wireless, microwave, or millimeter-wave product on the market today incorporates components designed with AWR technology. With our winning combination of innovation and ease-ofuse, it’s no wonder our Microwave Office design suite is the industry’s fastest
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growing software platform for MMIC design. AWR enables you to bring your designs to life in the shortest time and with the greatest flexibility—positively impacting your bottom line!


The Microwave Office MMIC design flow delivers the industry’s most innovative tools, most intuitive user interface, and the most complete integration with third
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party technologies—enabling engineers to solve tough, modern design problems and maintain their competitive advantage against fierce competition.


The AWR user environment is not just a collection of tools and technology but rather an integrated, cohesive design flow engineered to maximize your productivity and minimize the need for training and re-training, manual intervention, and time.

Much more than a design tool, Microwave Office software is a complete design flow offering all of the essential technologies: linear and nonlinear circuit simulators, EM analysis tools, layout-vs.-schematic checks, statistical design capabilities, and parametric cell libraries with built-in DRC.

Leading Edge MMIC PDKs Process design kits (PDKs) are the cornerstone of any MMIC EDA flow. AWR works with foundries the same way we work with our customers: we help them solve problems. We have collaborative relationships with the world’s top foundries, and we work side-by-side with them to develop and maintain leading edge PDKs for start-of-the-art design. The result is a whole new class of PDKs supporting concurrent electrical-physical co-design in a single environment, simultaneous frequency-time domain simulation support, and single schematic/single environment verification. AWR’s MMIC PDKs reduce risk and help you deliver production-ready designs from a streamlined flow. Early Design Flaw Identification Microwave Office software flow and features were not developed in a vacuum for software’s sake but to enable design engineering of real products --and design engineering is all about robust design! ACE™ circuit extraction combined with Intelligent net™ (iNets) schematic-defined routing speeds your ability to model complex interconnects early in the design flow,

without using time-consuming electromagnetic (EM), so you can quickly capture and debug critical couplings early in the flow. Circuit-based annotations provide immediate, simulated-feedback for current density and critical voltages, pin-pointing reliability issues long before layout. And once you get into layout, AWR’s unique bridge code makes certain that vias are properly inserted from any routed line to critical components, like metal insulator metal capacitors (MIM caps), eliminating difficult-to-find open- and short-circuits that are all too plentiful in other layout tools
Microwave Office software is renowned for its speed and convergence, allowing MMIC designers to power through the toughtest amplifier simulations, even simulating changes during layout and verification.

While other software tools hold customers captive to their way of doing things, AWR has built Microwave Office software from the ground up based on the concept of a user-flexible environment that encourages additional and alternative solutions to enable more successful MMIC design. Your flow demands the flexibility to continue using, or to add third-party point tools and to integrate to adjacent flows like test or enterprise printed circuit board (PCB). All of these requirements are possible with the Microwave Office MMIC design flow. In addition, custom inhouse software can be added through industry-standard interfaces, ensuring the inclusion of all your intellectual property and giving you a leg up on the competition. Modeling One model, many simulators has been an impossible goal for many decades, especially if both time- and frequency-domain simulation needs to be supported. AWR has made it a reality with Verilog-A support for all our simulators providing you with the ultimate in portability for nonlinear steady-state and transient design needs. For greater model security, a C++ interface is available for both electrical simulation models and physical ‘pCells’. EM Socket™ The Microwave Office EM Socket interface is unique technology developed by AWR to enable integration with a variety of EM point tools. In addition, we provide fast, accurate, and efficient EM analysis through access to our proprietary X-models™ discontinuity models, as well as to our own EM technologies of EMSight™ and AXIEM™ Verification Socket™ Microwave Office DRC and layout vs. schematic (LVS) features enable you to access “signed off/approved” DRC/LVS tools such as Mentor Graphics’ Calibre® and ICED, which can be easily orchestrated from within the Microwave Office environment. And for users of TriQuint PDKs, the mailDRC option further expedites these steps.

With thousands of designs, AWR’s Unified Data Model is the industry’s most modern and stable platform for concurrent MMIC design. Linear and nonlinear, frequency- or time-domain, layout, EM, EXTRACTion, and thru verification, the UDM keeps your design synchronized thereby giving most designers 50% better design cycle time over other flows.

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APLAC® harmonic balance and transient The incomparable APLAC circuit simulator combines linear and nonlinear frequency-domain simulation with time-domain transient. Renowned for its speed and convergence on the toughest problems, APLAC converges in minutes where others take hours. ACE automated circuit extraction technology Diagnosing critical couplings is a breeze with ACE. By creating parameterized netlists using distributed models, many with highly optimized EM solvers built right in, ACE powers through your layout to create the same models you would have created in the schematic, but 10,000x faster than any alternative approach. iNet technology, X-models and bridge code MMIC interconnects are not just dumb metal in the design; they are the design. Most layout tools treat interconnects as a “don’t care” and capture/simulate environments make them the problem bain of existence EM solvers. iNets, X-models and bridge code, all powerful, industry-first technologies from AWR, address interconnects right up front in the schematic and concurrently and dynamically synchronize them with the rest of the flow: layout, EM, and verification. These technologies provide better modeling and reduced verification time for interconnects earlier in the flow, when it’s easier and less costly to find and fix design issues. AXIEM 3D planar EM technology The revolutionary AXIEM product is the industry’s first solver to enable the user to incrementally trade-off speed for accuracy from DC through millimeter wave. AXIEM reduces cycle time with its adjustable speed and accuracy, and saves infrastructure costs because it is the only 3D planar EM solver you need.

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