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MMSIM,Virtuoso Spectre,Harmonic Balance

  • MMSIM 12.1 SpectreRF -- Preview of Coming nport Attractions! Part 2

    Greetings, MMSIM 12.1 contains many new features to aid RF designers. Many of these changes are described in my Part 1 blog post. I've saved my favorite for last....here's a preview of the changes to the nport component in MMSIM12.1. 1. The Edit Object Properties/Add Instance form has been revised...
    Posted to RF Design (Weblog) by Tawna on Mon, Nov 19 2012
  • MMSIM12.1 SpectreRF Preview of Coming Attractions! - Part 1

    Greetings! MMSIM 12.1 contains many new features to aid RF designers. Here's a preview of the changes... Documentation Improvements The SpectreRF User Guide is being completely rewritten and updated for MMSIM12.1. Check it out - I'm sure you'll really like it! Harmonic Balance Improvements...
    Posted to RF Design (Weblog) by Tawna on Mon, Nov 12 2012
  • Modeling Oscillators with Arbitrary Phase Noise Profiles

    When you need to include noisy oscillators in SpectreRF transceiver simulations, you have at least 3 options: 1) Semi-autonomous simulation is the most accurate approach, recommended whenever the transistor-level model of the oscillator is available. 2) rfLib/osc model is less accurate but it’s...
    Posted to RF Design (Weblog) by Tawna on Thu, May 24 2012
  • Nport Application Note has been Updated and Re-Released

    Happy New Year! After many requests, I set aside some time and updated the Using the nport in Spectre and SpectreRF Simulations appNote for MMSIM 11.1. You may download the appNote on Cadence Online Support . More nport enhancements are planned, so stay tuned! If you have any comments or questions, please...
    Posted to RF Design (Weblog) by Tawna on Tue, Jan 3 2012
  • New Time-Saving Feature in IC6.1.4 ISR2: Plot S-Parameter Data Directly From ViVA!

    If you haven't heard about it....there is a new feature in IC6.1.4 ISR2 which makes troubleshooting circuits containing nports ( s-parameters ) much easier and faster! Starting i n IC6.1.4 ISR2, you can now plot s-parameters directly in ViVA (without having to create a test bench and run a Spectre...
    Posted to RF Design (Weblog) by Tawna on Thu, May 20 2010
  • Using The Composite Triple Beat Source to Speed up QPSS Analysis

    Say you have a design with 4 input frequencies: 3164M (vco), 1449M (tone0), 1456M (tone1), 1442M (tone2). Currently when you do a qpss analysis, you are inserting a total of 4 separate ports in your schematic and running a simulation. There is a divide by 2 in your circuit, so one of the frequencies...
    Posted to RF Design (Weblog) by Tawna on Thu, Jan 14 2010
  • NPORT S-Parameter Model Enhancements

    In MMSIM 7.2, two new parameters have been added to the Spectre nport primitive: datatrunc and causality . In MMSIM 7.1, passivity checking was added. The nport now has causality correction, passivity checking and enforcement, and the ability to remove small couplings terms from the input s-parameter...
    Posted to RF Design (Weblog) by Tawna on Wed, Dec 30 2009
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