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Agilent Technologies to invest in device modeling software

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Agilent Technologies Inc. has plans to expand the company's investment in its Integrated Circuit Characterization and Analysis Program (IC-CAP) device modeling software. Agilent Technologies will establish a new research and development modeling center in Asia to serve the industry's leading semiconductor foundries and to respond to advancements in complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) modeling in particular.

According to Agilent, the recent decline in viable solutions has allowed Agilent to gain marketplace prominence as the only Fortune 500 company providing CMOS modeling solutions.

Agilent has seen several leading semiconductor foundries choose IC-CAP because they want a device-modeling platform that keeps pace with CMOS technology advances. Agilent is increasing investment in important areas by adding key engineering talent in Asia, where Agilent can work closely with these foundries.

IC-CAP provides powerful and efficient characterization and analysis capabilities for today's semiconductor modeling processes, including instrument control, data acquisition, graphical analysis, simulation, optimization and statistical analysis.

IC-CAP is a device modeling software platform to include a comprehensive extraction methodology for all three of the standard CMOS device models: BSIM3, BSIM4 and PSP, giving designers the ability to use current extraction processes and move to the next-generation model within a single software environment.

Recent advances in IC-CAP modeling packages have improved customer productivity. For example, IC-CAP and the BSIM4 modeling package have reduced some customer foundry processes from 14 days to two days. IC-CAP also allows designers to build model libraries for simulators, such as those in Agilent's Advanced Design System, a leading RF and microwave circuit and system design and simulation platform.

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