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Agilent Inc. (A) announced that its Model Builder Program (MBP) and Model Quality Assurance (MQA) software have been selected by Shanghai Integrated Circuit Research and Development Center (ICRD) for model extraction and verification at 45-nm process nodes.

Shanghai IC R&D center is a non-profit institute supported by the state and local government of Shanghai to enhance technologies used by the Chinese IC industry.

Agilent’s MBP is a comprehensive software solution used by semiconductor foundries and design houses to extract and customize SPICE model libraries. The solution includes powerful, built-in characterization, modeling capabilities as well as an open interface for modeling strategy customization.

The complexity of device modeling has increased considerably over time due to the demand for increased functionality, smaller device sizes and lower power consumption. Therefore, engineers have been using software tools to automate design and analysis right from the modeling stage to the final system verification stage.

Agilent’s MBP and MQA software have the required capabilities to provide the highest-quality models. The software provides the requisite measurement, extraction and verification for the modeling of advanced circuit designs. The solution ensures a fully integrated data flow across Agilent’s device-modeling platform and establishes standard operating procedures for modeling in team environments.

These will help Shanghai ICRD improve the various aspects of device modeling work (i.e. measurement, extraction and verification) much more efficiently.

Agilent’s revenues in the second quarter of 2013 were $1.73 billion, up 3.1% sequentially and flat year over year, just short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.74 billion. Its Electronic Measurement segment remained the largest contributor and accounted for 44% of its revenues, up 5.3% sequentially but down 13.2% year over year.

Currently, Agilent Technologies has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). Semiconductor stocks that have been performing well and are worth considering include Aspen Tech Inc (AZPN), Rambus Inc. (RMBS) and STMicroelectronics NV (STM), all carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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