Lucent Technologies Licenses RF Chip Design Software to Ansoft Corporation

Mar 10, 1999, 00:00 ET from Ansoft Corporation

    MURRAY HILL, N.J., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Ansoft Corporation signed a
 licensing agreement today with Lucent Technologies, which will allow Ansoft to
 include patented technology for high-speed RF chip design in its Signal
 Integrity (SI) products.
     The new software -- known as IES3 (Integral Equation Solver in three
 dimensions) -- was developed at Lucent's Bell Labs.
     While previous RF design software worked on individual circuit components
 (capacitors, inductors and resistors) or small circuits, the new software
 handles much larger portions of a chip, including the complex interactions
 between the components.  In addition, the software provides faster simulation
 of RF circuit components to verify whether the circuit will work before
 manufacturing.
     "Lucent's IES3 technology fills an immediate need for efficient analysis
 of high-speed circuits," said Ansoft founder Zoltan Cendes.  "Integrating this
 Lucent technology into Ansoft's line of high-performance CAE tools promises an
 order of magnitude reduction in the time required to simulate large complex
 circuits."
     Currently, it takes four or more design iterations to develop
 manufacturable RF chips within the industry, and each iteration requires two
 to three months.  Using IES3, manufacturers should be able to produce RF chips
 on the first attempt.
     "Reducing both time-to-market and design costs are very important in the
 highly competitive and exploding wireless electronics market," said Al Dunlop,
 who led the Bell Labs research team that developed IES3.  The other
 researchers were David Long and Sharad Kapur.
     RF chips are more complicated to design than digital chips because they
 operate at higher frequencies.  These higher frequencies increase the levels
 of interference, noise and distortion.  For these reasons modeling or
 verifying RF circuits becomes even more critical, compared to digital
 circuits.
     Ansoft is a leading developer of EDA software.  Its products are used by
 engineers in the design of high performance electrical devices and systems,
 such as cellular phones, satellite communications, circuit boards, motors and
 anti-lock braking systems (ABS).  Ansoft markets its products worldwide
 through its direct sales force and distributors, and provides comprehensive
 customer support and training.  Ansoft customers include leading electronics,
 telecommunications, and automotive companies.  For further information on
 Ansoft Corporation (Nasdaq:   ANST), visit Ansoft's web site at www.ansoft.com.
     Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., designs, builds
 and delivers a wide range of public and private networks, communications
 systems and software, data networking systems, business telephone systems and
 microelectronics components.  Bell Laboratories is the research and
 development arm for the company.  For more information on Lucent Technologies,
 visit the company's web site at www.lucent.com.  For more information about
 IES3, including graphics and technical papers, visit
 www.bell-labs.com/project/IES3/.
 
     Note:  The "3" in "IES3" is superscript.
 
 

SOURCE Ansoft Corporation
    MURRAY HILL, N.J., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Ansoft Corporation signed a
 licensing agreement today with Lucent Technologies, which will allow Ansoft to
 include patented technology for high-speed RF chip design in its Signal
 Integrity (SI) products.
     The new software -- known as IES3 (Integral Equation Solver in three
 dimensions) -- was developed at Lucent's Bell Labs.
     While previous RF design software worked on individual circuit components
 (capacitors, inductors and resistors) or small circuits, the new software
 handles much larger portions of a chip, including the complex interactions
 between the components.  In addition, the software provides faster simulation
 of RF circuit components to verify whether the circuit will work before
 manufacturing.
     "Lucent's IES3 technology fills an immediate need for efficient analysis
 of high-speed circuits," said Ansoft founder Zoltan Cendes.  "Integrating this
 Lucent technology into Ansoft's line of high-performance CAE tools promises an
 order of magnitude reduction in the time required to simulate large complex
 circuits."
     Currently, it takes four or more design iterations to develop
 manufacturable RF chips within the industry, and each iteration requires two
 to three months.  Using IES3, manufacturers should be able to produce RF chips
 on the first attempt.
     "Reducing both time-to-market and design costs are very important in the
 highly competitive and exploding wireless electronics market," said Al Dunlop,
 who led the Bell Labs research team that developed IES3.  The other
 researchers were David Long and Sharad Kapur.
     RF chips are more complicated to design than digital chips because they
 operate at higher frequencies.  These higher frequencies increase the levels
 of interference, noise and distortion.  For these reasons modeling or
 verifying RF circuits becomes even more critical, compared to digital
 circuits.
     Ansoft is a leading developer of EDA software.  Its products are used by
 engineers in the design of high performance electrical devices and systems,
 such as cellular phones, satellite communications, circuit boards, motors and
 anti-lock braking systems (ABS).  Ansoft markets its products worldwide
 through its direct sales force and distributors, and provides comprehensive
 customer support and training.  Ansoft customers include leading electronics,
 telecommunications, and automotive companies.  For further information on
 Ansoft Corporation (Nasdaq:   ANST), visit Ansoft's web site at www.ansoft.com.
     Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., designs, builds
 and delivers a wide range of public and private networks, communications
 systems and software, data networking systems, business telephone systems and
 microelectronics components.  Bell Laboratories is the research and
 development arm for the company.  For more information on Lucent Technologies,
 visit the company's web site at www.lucent.com.  For more information about
 IES3, including graphics and technical papers, visit
 www.bell-labs.com/project/IES3/.
 
     Note:  The "3" in "IES3" is superscript.
 
 SOURCE  Ansoft Corporation