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AGILENT Technologies and Computer Simulation Technology (CST) have announced two advances in the integration of the CST Microwave Studio (CST MWS) simulation tool with Agilent's Advanced Design System (ADS) electronic design automation software.

The integration helps RF and microwave designers improve passive circuit performance and increase confidence that manufactured products will perform optimally. These advances are implemented in the latest version of CST MWS.

Agilent ADS offers a complete set of system and circuit simulation technology and instrument links for RF and microwave design in a single, integrated flow. CST MWS offers fast and accurate 3D electromagnetic simulation when high-frequency designs require accurate characterisation of electromagnetic effects. Both products are used in design applications from wireless communication products to aerospace/defense. They offer shorter product-development cycles, virtual prototyping before physical design spins, and design optimisation.

The first advance is enhanced importing of layout data from ADS into CST MWS. This new import capability contains significant improvements in both performance and automation. All relevant information, including layers, material properties, frequency range and external ports are imported. Adjustments necessary for the 3D EM simulation are made automatically.

The second advance is a link for importing parametric S-parameter results from CST MWS into ADS. This link allows designers to use the S-parameters to perform parameter sweeps and circuit optimisation, including parametric 3D EM structures, interpolating between results for various anchor values.

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