June 8, 2011

Agilent Technologies' Latest 3-D EM Simulation Platform Provides New Solver, Speed Improvements

EMPro 2011.07 includes a new Eigenmode Solver for finding the resonant frequencies of cavity structures.

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced the release of Electromagnetic Professional 2011.07, an electromagnetic modeling and simulation platform that creates 3-D models and analyzes the electrical performance of packages, connectors, antennas and other RF components.

Known as EMPro, the platform is tightly integrated with Agilent's Advanced Design System software for the design of RF and high-speed integrated circuits, modules and PC boards. The release features significant new capabilities and improved speed for modeling RF and high-speed components.

EMPro 2011.07 delivers a new Eigenmode solver, which quickly finds the resonant frequencies for cavity filters, a common high-frequency component used in wireless communication systems. Filter designers can also visualize the resulting electromagnetic fields at each resonant frequency and make adjustments to the cavity structure to optimize filter performance.

EMPro 2011.07 also provides faster simulations with existing solvers. The Finite Element Method simulator in EMPro 2011.07 features CPU multithreading enhancements to the iterative solver, resulting in a 2x speed improvement on computers with quad-core CPUs. The EmPro 2011.07 Finite Difference Time Domain simulator offers GPU acceleration enhancements resulting in a 6x speed improvement on models with curved or non-orthogonal surfaces, when using computers with CUDA-based GPU cards from NVIDIA.

As an added benefit, PC board designs can now be directly imported from Cadence Allegro to EMPro 2011.07, where various signal integrity and EMI analyses can be performed. Additionally, EMPro 2011.07 incorporates several new features that improve ease of use and design efficiency. For example, new toolbars and hotkeys make it easier and faster to perform common operations. New cutplanes allow the user to view internal details of complex structures and easily snap to internal objects. Animated electromagnetic field visualization enhancements provide improved design insight.

Availability and Other Details
Agilent's EMPro 2011.07 will be available for download in July. For more information, go to www.agilent.com/find/eesof-empro2011.07. A photo of the new software release is available at www.agilent.com/find/EMPro2011_07_images.

Agilent will demonstrate its newest design and test innovations for advanced RF and microwave research, development and manufacturing at the 2011 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, June 7-9, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Booth 813. Attendees will be able to join Agilent and its solution partners on Agilent Avenue to connect expert to expert with leaders in the industry.

About Agilent EEsof EDA Software
Agilent EEsof EDA is the leading supplier of electronic design automation software for microwave, RF, high-frequency, high-speed digital, RF system, electronic system level, circuit, 3-D electromagnetic, physical design and device-modeling applications. More information is available at 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 chemical analysis, life sciences, electronics and communications. The company's 18,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2010. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.