MICROWAVE OFFICE® SUCCESS STORIES
Mimix Broadband, Inc. (now part of M/A Com)
Mimix Uses Microwave Office to Successfully Design Industry-Leading 35-45 GHz Receiver
The challenge was to integrate four functions on a single chip. AWR’s Microwave Office software enabled the Mimix design team to integrate all of these functions together and accurately model and simulate the final performance.
What design problem did AWR’s software help you to solve?
The challenge was the integration of four functions on a single chip: a low noise amplifier, an image reject mixer, an LO buffer amplifier, and an LO frequency doubler. Each building block was separately designed and its performance was simulated and optimized. The structure of the Microwave Office unified design environment made it easy to simultaneously optimize performance and design an integrated layout all within the one project.
What were your reasons for choosing AWR software?
- Integrated structure of the AWR Design Environment™
- Ability to make changes in layout and schematic mode simultaneously
- Clear and extensive documentation
- Superior technical support
What were the key benefits of using AWR software?
The ability to make changes in layout and schematic mode simultaneously was integral to the success of the design task. Critical sections of the design were EM simulated to ensure that coupling was not affecting simulated performance. The end result was a highly integrated 35-45 GHz receiver, XR1004, that is leading the industry in performance and level of integration.
What, in your estimation, are the most positive features of AWR’s software?
The user environment, the integrated, single platform, and the superior technical support.
"With intense time-to-market pressures, our designers need proven design flows that work seamlessly and Microwave Office fills this need. The fully integrated and easy-to-use solution speeds the design time of microwave and millimeterwave integrated circuits. In addition, the product comes with clear and extensive documentation and the support provided is first class."
Dr. Simon Mahon
Director of MMIC Design
Mimix Broadband, Inc.