TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Unveils New IC-CAP Platform for Device Characterization and Modeling

  TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Unveils New IC-CAP Platform for Device
  Characterization and Modeling

         Software Includes Angelov-GaN Modeling and Python Scripting

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- December 18, 2012

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced the latest release of its
device modeling software platform, the Integrated Circuit Characterization and
Analysis Program (IC-CAP).

With IC-CAP 2013.01, Agilent introduces major improvements to its flagship
product for high-frequency device modeling. One key improvement is turnkey
extraction of the Angelov-GaN model, the industry standard compact device
model for GaN semiconductor devices.

GaN technology is becoming commonplace in today’s high-power RF communication
circuits and automotive electronic components. Modeling these devices is
challenging due to the impact of trapping and thermal effects on the device
electrical characteristics. Existing GaAs models have been used as a first
attempt to model GaN devices, but they are not accurate enough. The
Angelov-GaN model, developed by Professor IItcho Angelov at Chalmers
University of Technology, is quickly establishing itself as the industry’s
solution to this dilemma.

Agilent’s W8533 Angelov-GaN extraction package, which is part of the IC-CAP
platform, was developed in conjunction with industry partners and validated on
real GaN processes. It provides a dedicated software environment that allows
users to perform the necessary measurements and extraction of the Angelov-GaN
model. Typical DC and network analyzers are supported for making DC and
S-parameter measurements and de-embedding. A convenient interface lets users
execute a step-by-step extraction flow to obtain the model parameters. A
turnkey flow provides quick start modeling of GaN devices. The package also
enables complete customization to optimize the flow to different technology
flavors of GaN processes. Simulations are performed using Agilent’s Advanced
Design System.

IC-CAP 2013.01 also features a new Python programming environment that is up
to 100 times faster for typical tasks such as parameter extraction, data
analysis, instrument control and interface responsiveness. It enables better
code organization and provides an extensive set of libraries for math,
instrument control and statistical analysis. With IC-CAP Python, users gain
major efficiency when developing their programs. Python programs are
interoperable with existing programs, ensuring compatibility with ongoing
IC-CAP projects.

“As the leading provider of RF device characterization and modeling, Agilent
continues to make bold improvements to our IC-CAP product,” said Roberto
Tinti, device modeling product manager with Agilent EEsof EDA. “This release
represents a major milestone, as Python greatly improves an engineer’s ability
to learn and get the most out of IC-CAP. We continue to lead the way in
high-frequency modeling with our Angelov-GaN extraction package.”

Other new features in IC-CAP 2013 .01 include support of Smartspice
simulations and support for gain compression and two-tone intermodulation
distortion measurements with Agilent’s PNA-X network analyzer. This is a
critical capability since nonlinear device characterization is essential to
verifying model accuracy in real applications. Another part of the platform,
IC-CAP WaferPro (a powerful automated on-wafer measurement solution), now
features usability and user interface enhancements to facilitate test-plan

About IC-CAP Software

Agilent IC-CAP software is a device-modeling program that delivers powerful
characterization and analysis capabilities for today’s semiconductor modeling
processes. Providing efficient and accurate extraction of active device and
circuit model parameters, IC-CAP performs numerous modeling tasks, including
instrument control, data acquisition, graphical analysis, simulation and
optimization. It is used by semiconductor foundries and design houses to
characterize foundry processes.


IC-CAP 2013.01 will be available for download in January at More information on
IC-CAP and the Angelov-GaN package is available at and, respectively. An image of the
IC-CAP Angelov-GaN Extraction Package is available at

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

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company
and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics,
electronics and communications. The company’s 20,500 employees serve customers
in more than 100 countries. Agilent had revenues of $6.9 billion in fiscal
2012. Information about Agilent is available at

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