The Cadence® AWR Design Environment® platform provides RF/microwave engineers with integrated high-frequency circuit (Cadence AWR® Microwave Office® software), system (Cadence AWR Visual System Simulator™ (VSS) software), and electromagnetic (EM) (Cadence AWR AXIEM analysis/Cadence AWR Analyst software) simulation technologies and design automation to develop physically realizable electronics ready for manufacturing. The platform helps designers manage complex IC, package, and PCB modeling, simulation, and verification, addressing all aspects of circuit behavior to achieve optimal performance and reliable results for first-pass success.
Highlights of the latest v15 release of Cadence AWR Design Environment
Unified Design Capture Provides front-to-back physical design flow with dynamically linked electrical and layout design entry. Components placed in an electrical schematic automatically generate a synchronized physical layout based on libraries of standard, customized, and/or vendor-provided components.
Simulation and Analysis Integrates circuit, system, and EM simulation technologies for investigating linear and nonlinear network behavior. Designers can perform in-situ EM extraction of interconnects, develop component specifications from system link budgets, and analyze device performance with system testbenches for communication standards.
Design Flow Supports complex hierarchical projects with parameterized subcircuits for easy optimization and tuning. Circuit, system, or EM-based subcircuits can be quickly developed and used to populate larger, more complex networks common in today’s RF front-end circuitry.
Interoperability and Manufacturing Third-party interoperability with industry-standard tools enables the exchange of design data for schematic or netlist import, bi-directional EM co-simulation, electrical-rule check (ERC)/design-rule check (DRC)/layout vs. schematic (LVS), and production-ready GDSII export. Additionally, powerful yield analysis and optimization addresses manufacturing tolerances for more robust designs and greater profitability.
Customization The powerful application programming interface (API) extends the capabilities of the software using popular programming languages, providing user-defined scripts for automating common or complex tasks and custom design flows.