Electronic Design Automation for Tomorrow’s  Communication Systems.

Context

The growth of 5G wireless RF-Microwave communication solutions is an exciting research field due to its ability to accommodate more users at higher data rates. The penetration of smartphones for universal wireless connectivity has increased the adoption of an additional frequency spectrum for the cellular wireless network. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), therefore, actively use RF and MW Computer-Aided Design (CAD) solutions to anticipate the performances of their products. CAD tools allow them to develop innovative system architectures in a timely manner, avoiding iterative design flows, time-consuming and costly prototyping and measurement steps.

The use of software tools for circuit modeling and simulation of high-frequency electronic systems is now becoming a must for all OEMs developing communications equipment.

Without these tools, it is impossible to develop high-performance circuits that meet communications standards with a great level of confidence. Our simulation tools, to our knowledge, are the only ones in Europe which can offer such advantages.

Objectives of EDITUS

AMCAD wishes to become a European leader, providing software tools to make the design flow of high-frequency electronic circuits more reliable. Knowing that entrenched competitors have strengthened their position in our industry, the intend of the EDITUS project was to lead a market analysis about Global Radio Frequency (RF) and Microwave Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Software to help AMCAD refining its strategy, based on a SWOT analysis.

The social and economic impact

With the help of this software, communication equipment will be more efficient and less energy consuming. Today, reducing the energy consumption of 5G equipment is a major challenge to fight global warming. At its level, AMCAD offers solutions that make it possible to design energy-efficient and powerful communication systems. The underlying social and economic impact of this project is, therefore, important.

This project has received funding from the Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement n°889381.