RF/Microwave Circuit Design

Cadence® Microwave Office® circuit design software is used by leading manufacturers to develop high-frequency electronics. RF-aware layout, high-frequency models, and a powerful harmonic balance (HB) simulator ensure accurate and fast simulation results for first-pass success. The intuitive interface, innovative design automation, and design-assist features promote optimum engineering productivity and accelerate the development of RF/microwave IP across monolithic microwave IC (MMIC), RF PCB, and module technologies as standalone components or integrated within complex multi-technology systems.

Key Benefits


The best-in-class HB engine provides fast and rigorous convergence of highly nonlinear networks to address RF/microwave circuits with large transistor counts and/or harmonic content


Design automation, an intuitive interface, and scripting/customization supports all phases of product development in less time


Co-simulation with system, electromagnetic (EM), and mutliphysics simulators provides in-situ parasitic extraction, design verification, thermal analysis, and standards-compliant communication testbenches

Features at a Glance

  • Cadence APLAC® HB Simulator – Proprietary multi-rate HB engine provides robust linear and nonlinear frequency-domain circuit simulation

  • Comprehensive Libraries – Simulation models for discrete and IC-based active and passive devices, and distributed transmission lines

  • EM Analysis – Fully integrated multiple planar and 3DEM analysis solvers for circuit/EM co-simulation, design verification, and in-situ S-parameter extraction

  • Load Pull – State-of-the-art load-pull analysis and design support

  • Stability – Linear and nonlinear stability analysis

  • Thermal – Electrothermal co-simulation technology for MMICs, IC packages, RF PCBs, modules, and RF/microwave systems

  • Synthesis – Impedance-matching and filter-synthesis wizards (options)


AWR technology is also available with Cadence OnCloud Platform

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Plan and pricing

RF and microwave design workflows require high-frequency solutions. Utilize the best solutions with powerful, integrated circuit, system, and electromagnetic (EM) software from Cadence.

  • Circuit design software for accurate RF/microwave simulation
  • 3D planar EM analysis for S-parameter extraction and design verification
  • System simulation and modeling for wireless communications and radar systems

90 hours. Named user license.

USD $990/mo

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