TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies and SiSoft Introduce Pre-Standard IBIS-AMI Modeling Guide

  TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies and SiSoft Introduce Pre-Standard IBIS-AMI
  Modeling Guide

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. & MAYNARD, Mass. -- January 29, 2013

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) and Signal Integrity Software, Inc.
(SiSoft) today announced guidelines that enable system designers to use
advanced jitter and broadband analog capabilities when modeling high-speed
serial devices.

The new modeling guidelines are based on proposed enhancements to the IBIS
Algorithmic Modeling Interface (116-118 and 123.5), which are expected to be
included in the specification’s next version. Both SiSoft and Agilent support
the modeling techniques in the new guidelines in advance of full
standardization.

These techniques can be used to more accurately model the behavior of
multi-gigabit serial links and are already supported in the current release of
SiSoft’s Quantum Channel Designer and Agilent’s Advanced Design System
simulation environments. Tools for building IBIS-AMI models using these
techniques are included in the current release of SiSoft’s IBIS-AMI Software
Development Kit and Agilent’s SystemVue AMI Modeling Kit.

Until now, IBIS-AMI models used to design and optimize high-speed serial links
have lacked comprehensive jitter-modeling parameters and were limited to
simple, first-order models of transmitter output drivers and receiver
input-termination behavior. Including better parameters and more advanced
modeling techniques in IBIS was first proposed in 2010, and the necessary
extensions are expected to be approved in 2013. The new guidelines from SiSoft
and Agilent enable users to create models that include techniques the two
companies developed together to support design projects for mutual
semiconductor and systems design customers.

“We appreciated the opportunity to work with Agilent and our mutual customers
to move IBIS modeling capabilities forward,” said Todd Westerhoff, vice
president of software products at SiSoft. “SiSoft collaborates with customers
and suppliers to solve tough design problems. In this case, we not only
addressed a critical customer problem, but were able to validate proposed
enhancements to IBIS with another EDA vendor as well.”

“When EDA vendors collaborate, customers win,” said Colin Warwick, product
manager for high-speed digital design at Agilent EEsof EDA. “By working
together we not only have a timely solution, but also the impetus to move this
important industry standard forward.”

Agilent and SiSoft worked with semiconductor suppliers to upgrade their models
using the new guidelines and tested the models for portability and consistency
of results. An illustration of the excellent correlation achieved between the
simulators is available at www.agilent.com/find/IBIS_models_images.

The two companies are also working with the IBIS Open Forum to incorporate the
new techniques into a future version of the IBIS specification. Doing so will
further increase the accuracy, interoperability and portability of IBIS-AMI
models.

Both SiSoft and Agilent will be at DesignCon in the Santa Clara Convention
Center (Booths 100 and 201, respectively), Jan. 28-31. SiSoft will be showing
how it collaborates with customers and suppliers to solve the world’s toughest
high-speed design problems. Agilent will be showing high-speed digital
solutions that help engineers to design, simulate, analyze, debug and ensure
compliant designs while cutting through the challenges of gigabit digital
designs.

About SiSoft

SiSoft provides award-winning EDA simulation software, methodology training
and consulting services for system-level, high-speed design. Quantum Channel
Designer is SiSoft’s environment for the design and analysis of multi-gigabit
serial links and a DesignVision Award Winner. SiSoft’s software products
automate comprehensive pre- and post-route analysis of high-speed interfaces,
detailing a design’s operating voltage and timing margins. More information on
SiSoft can be found at www.sisoft.com.

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, 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 www.agilent.com.

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Contact:

Agilent Technologies Inc.
Janet Smith, +1-970-679-5397 (Americas)
janet_smith@agilent.com
Twitter: @JSmithAgilent
Sarah Calnan, +44 (118) 927 5101 (Europe)
sarah_calnan@agilent.com
Iris Ng, +852 31977979 (Asia)
iris-hw_ng@agilent.com
or
SiSoft
Ronda Katz, +1-978-461-0449
rkatz@sisoft.com