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GoldenGate 2013.10 Release Notes

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GoldenGate 2013.10 (4.8.4) Hotfix Release Notes

Released in June 2014

  • GoldenGate 2013.10 (4.8.4) is run as a plug-in simulator in the Cadence environment (GoldenGate RFIC simulator). If it is desired to additionally have the ADS Data Display, Momentum 3D planar EM simulator, and supported Ptolemy sources and sinks, then co-installation of GoldenGate Tools or ADS is required. The required GoldenGate Tools or ADS co-installation versions are:
    • GoldenGate Tools: 2014.01
    • ADS: 2014.01

WARNING: Support discontinued for

  • 32-bit Linux OS
  • SiMKit v3.8 m1100, m2002, and m3002 models

     

    Starting October 2014, support for Suse10 platform will be discontinued.

New Support For

  • SiMKit 4.2
  • WLAN_11ad VTB
  • Noiseless Instances in the AC and SP analyses under the Noise tab

Problems Fixed In

  • SiMKit models take priority over GoldenGate’s equivalent built-in models
  • Running a Sensitivity Task with extracted view
  • Correlated noise sources when used in multithread mode
  • Convergence heuristics (DC Helper) used by the Envelope Transient engine with IQ modulators

  • Slowdown in PDK parsing of behavioral sources caused by very slow license checkouts from remote license servers
  • dbm() performance function definition

Platform Support

  • Supported Platforms:
    • Linux RHEL 5: 64-bit is the primary operating system (OS) for GoldenGate
    • Linux RHEL 6: 64-bit
    • Suse Linux: 64-bit 10.x.x, 11.x.x

Cadence ADE Support

  • Supported Versions:
    • IC 5.1.0 and all subversions
    • IC 6.1.4, 6.1.5, 6.1.6 and all subversions

GoldenGate Tools or ADS Support

GoldenGate 2013.10 (4.8.4) HF supports the following GoldenGate Tools/ADS versions:

  • GoldenGate Tools or ADS 2014.01
  • GoldenGate 2013.10 will work with GoldenGate Tools 2014.01 or ADS 2014.01 with Cadence IC 6.1 only.
  • When you are using GoldenGate 2013.10 with GoldenGate Tools 2014.01 or ADS 2014.01, use the Licensing software version 2014.01. To download the latest Licensing software version, click here.

 

GoldenGate 2013.10 (4.8.3) Hotfix Release Notes

Released in April 2014

  • GoldenGate 2013.10 (4.8.3) is run as a plug-in simulator in the Cadence environment (GoldenGate RFIC simulator). If it is desired to additionally have the ADS Data Display, Momentum 3D planar EM simulator, and supported Ptolemy sources and sinks, then co-installation of GoldenGate Tools or ADS is required. The required GoldenGate Tools or ADS co-installation versions are:
    • GoldenGate Tools:  2014.01
    • ADS: 2014.01

WARNING: Support discontinued for

  • 32-bit Linux OS
  • SiMKit v3.8 m1100, m2002, and m3002 models

Starting October 2014, support for Suse10 platform will be discontinued.

Improvements In

  • The parameter declarations inside structural if/else blocks. More robust error handling for expressions in assert statements.
  • The diode model: added support for nbv parameter

Problems Fixed In

  • Processing very long expressions (> 4000 characters) present in some PDKs that resulted in a crash
  • The diode model: when IS and ISW are zero, and compatible=hspice that was causing errors during the simulation
  • Creation of results file when no output file was set under the Results Create tab in the Environment Options form
  • Parsing PSP model cards where the "noisemethod" parameter value is set to "subckt"
  • BSIM 4.7 model to take into account the "min" parameter that was ignored earlier
  • UTSOI 2 model: "delvto" and "factuo" are now recognized as instance parameters

Platform Support

  • Supported Platforms:
    • Linux RHEL 5: 64-bit is the primary operating system (OS) for GoldenGate
    • Linux RHEL 6: 64-bit
    • Suse Linux: 64-bit 10.x.x, 11.x.x

Cadence ADE Support

  • Supported Versions:
    • IC 5.1.0 and all subversions
    • IC 6.1.4, 6.1.5, 6.1.6 and all subversions

GoldenGate Tools or ADS Support

GoldenGate 2013.10 (4.8.3) HF supports the following GoldenGate Tools/ADS versions:

  • GoldenGate Tools or ADS 2014.01
  • GoldenGate 2013.10 will work with GoldenGate Tools 2014.01 or ADS 2014.01 with Cadence IC 6.1 only.
  • When you are using GoldenGate 2013.10 with GoldenGate Tools 2014.01 or ADS 2014.01, use the Licensing software version 2014.01. To download the latest Licensing software version, click here.

GoldenGate 2013.10 (4.8.2) Hotfix Release Notes

Released in March 2014

  • GoldenGate 2013.10 (4.8.2) is run as a plug-in simulator in the Cadence environment (GoldenGate RFIC simulator). If it is desired to additionally have the ADS Data Display, Momentum 3D planar EM simulator, and supported Ptolemy sources and sinks, then co-installation of GoldenGate Tools or ADS is required. The required GoldenGate Tools or ADS co-installation versions are:
    • GoldenGate Tools:  2014.01
    • ADS: 2014.01

WARNING: Support discontinued for

  • 32-bit Linux OS
  • SiMKit v3.8 m1100, m2002, and m3002 models

Starting October 2014, support for Suse10 platform will be discontinued.

New Support For

Improvements In

Problems Fixed In

  • Fast Envelope Level 2 and Level 3, when the simulations are run in non-Steady-State mode (Steady-State option = Off)
  • Back annotation of MINT based HICUM models 2.30 and 2.31
  • Checking the DC paths to ground with S-Parameter blocks
  • Handling of "$time" and named constants such as M_PI in behavioral sources
  • AC Noise UI form for the output probe and input port settings

Platform Support

  • Supported Platforms:
    • Linux RHEL 5: 64-bit is the primary operating system (OS) for GoldenGate
    • Linux RHEL 6: 64-bit
    • Suse Linux: 64-bit 10.x.x, 11.x.x

Cadence ADE Support

  • Supported Versions:
    • IC 5.1.0 and all subversions
    • IC 6.1.4, 6.1.5, 6.1.6 and all subversions

GoldenGate Tools or ADS Support

GoldenGate 2013.10 (4.8.2) HF supports the following GoldenGate Tools/ADS versions:

  • GoldenGate Tools or ADS 2014.01
  • GoldenGate 2013.10 will work with GoldenGate Tools 2014.01 or ADS 2014.01 with Cadence IC 6.1 only.
  • When you are using GoldenGate 2013.10 with GoldenGate Tools 2014.01 or ADS 2014.01, use the Licensing software version 2014.01. To download the latest Licensing software version, click here.

GoldenGate 2013.10 (4.8.1) Hotfix Release Notes

Released in January 2014

  • GoldenGate 2013.10 (4.8.1) is run as a plug-in simulator in the Cadence environment (GoldenGate RFIC simulator). If it is desired to additionally have the ADS Data Display, Momentum 3D planar EM simulator, and supported Ptolemy sources and sinks, then co-installation of GoldenGate Tools or ADS is required. The required GoldenGate Tools or ADS co-installation versions are:
    • GoldenGate Tools: 2014.01
    • ADS: 2014.01

WARNING: Support discontinued for

  • 32-bit Linux OS
  • SiMKit v3.8 m1100, m2002, and m3002 models

Starting October 2014, support for Suse10 platform will be discontinued.

Improvements In

  • The Sweeps UI for GDE Scenario Builder
    • Truncates long text entries in rows
    • Added tool-tip for the Load and Save buttons
  • The VTB GUI: grouped debug options together
  • The GDE window
    • Rearranged the job options drop-down menu such that the "Kill Current Job" option is available at the last
    • Added search capability in the log and error files
  • When generating FCE models, GoldenGate only exports the probes that are declared in the Virtual Probes dialog box or added to the schematic. It does not exports the signals that are added from the Save Node Voltages.

Problems Fixed In

  • UTSOI v1.14
  • Extracting noise information and inserting it to the FCE model file.
  • Handling of "$freq" to support frequency-dependent R/L/C devices available in some design kits
  • Adding a variable in the Sweeps UI for GDE Scenario Builder
  • The Sweeps UI for GDE Scenario Builder- Removed "GoldenGate Syntax" variable type

Platform Support

  • Supported Platforms:
    • Linux RHEL 5: 64-bit is the primary operating system (OS) for GoldenGate
    • Linux RHEL 6: 64-bit
    • Suse Linux: 64-bit 10.x.x, 11.x.x

Cadence ADE Support

  • Supported Versions:
    • IC 5.1.0 and all subversions
    • IC 6.1.4, 6.1.5, 6.1.6 and all subversions

GoldenGate Tools

GoldenGate 2013.10 (4.8.1) HF supports the following GoldenGate Tools/ADS versions:

  • GoldenGate Tools or ADS 2014.01
  • GoldenGate 2013.10 will work with GoldenGate Tools 2014.01 or ADS 2014.01 with Cadence IC 6.1 only.
  • When you are using GoldenGate 2013.10 with GoldenGate Tools 2014.01 or ADS 2014.01, use the Licensing software version 2014.01. To download the latest Licensing software version, click here.

GoldenGate 2013.10 (4.8.0) Release Notes

Released in December 2013

  • GoldenGate 2013.10 (4.8.0) will work with GoldenGate Tools 2012.08 HF7, GoldenGate Tools 2014.01, ADS 2012.08 HF7, ADS 2013.06 HF3, and ADS 2014.01. It is only necessary to install GoldenGate Tools or ADS, if you want to use the following features with the GoldenGate RFIC Simulator: Data Display, Momentum, supported Ptolemy sources and sinks

WARNING: Support discontinued for

  • 32-bit Linux OS
  • SiMKit v3.8 m1100, m2002, and m3002 models

Starting October 2014, support for Suse10 platform will be discontinued.

Improvements In Design Verification

  • ET Analysis
    • Added support for the FYC Analysis.
    • Added band spectrum max(), mean(), and min() performance functions.
  • SP Analysis
    Added support for the FYC Analysis.
  • Sensitivity Analysis
    Added support to compute the sensitivity of a circuit performance with respect to all the element's parameters defined at the schematic level. This task is available in DC, CR, and SSNA Analyses.
  • System Level Links
    • New support for the Verification Test Bench (VTB). VTB allows easy-to-use EVM, BER, or ACPR type of measurements.
    • Added support for the FCE Noise Analysis.
  • New automatic steady-state detection and auto-harmonic estimation.
  • New oscillator algorithm specially targeted for high-Q oscillators.
  • Noise Analysis
    Improved Noise contribution table (NCT). NCT contains mean value and standard deviation for each noise source and combines all contributions tables into a single one.
  • Jivaro for GoldenGate Parasitic Reduction Tool
    Parasitic reduction is optionally launched by the GoldenGate simulator. It is no longer required to create a "reduced" view in the Cadence database.
  • Verilog-A
    • Support for Verilog-A LRM 2.3
    • Verilog-A modelcard support
    • Sharing of compiled Verilog-A made simple
    • Support for Verilog-A encryption
  • Improved UI
    • Added Virtual Sources and Virtual Probes in the Analysis window.
    • Virtual Sources and Virtual Probes can be assigned to ALL or only a single analysis in case of multiple analyses setup in the same ADE session. In the Performances Editor, only relevant sources and probes are displayed.
    • Mandatory fields are denoted by *.
    • Added Reload option in the Results form.
  • Modified the reported memory usage to include only the virtual memory allocated by the simulator. Earlier, the reported value included a static portion of the linked code, making it difficult to compare different versions of the simulator. From now onwards, GoldenGate will report only the allocated virtual memory.

Additional Support For

  • Models
  • .ts extension for touchstone S-parameter files.

Documentation Enhancements

Agilent EEsof Licensing and GoldenGate

  • GoldenGate 2013.10 requires: a) version 2013.09 of the EEsof EDA licensing software, b) version 3.1 codewords to run, and c) the licensing server software, lmgrd and agileesofd, to be upgraded to at least the same versions as what are included in EEsof EDA Licensing software 2013.09. GoldenGate <version> will not start if any of these requirements is not met. Refer to the License Codeword Version Compatibility Table.
  • In the EEsof EDA License Tools version 2013.09, licensing vendor daemon (agileesofd) is upgraded to sync up with FlexNet FNP 11.11.1.2 version of FLEX license manager (lmgrd). GoldenGate installer for the Windows platform will automatically set up these two new license server daemons by default for the local node-locked license users; for Linux, you need to follow the Linux/Solaris Licensing Setup instruction to complete the licensing configuration process. For more details, refer to Licensing (For Administrators).
  • A real-time and systematic license setup troubleshooting utility, Diagnose, is added to the License Manager tool. This utility produces a detailed health report of a user's currently configured licensing environment.
  • A My Support ID utility is added to the License manager tool to allow a user to retrieve his/her Support ID required to contact Agilent EEsof Tech Support.

Enhancements and Improvements

  • For simplified and robust licensing, PJC (Per Job Control) licenses are no longer checked out by GoldenGate 2013.10.
  • The License Setup Wizard no longer requires Administrator privilege on Windows to setup license files. Administrator privilege is only required to setup the windows service that will automatically start the license server upon system restart rather than on EEsof application startup.

Licenses supported in previous releases are no longer supported. For more information refer to Licensing

How to Order a New License:
New licenses can be ordered for GoldenGate 2013.10 (4.8.0) using the Agilent EEsof EDA License Request Form.

Issues Addressed

  • On windows, a possible Administrator privilege issue preventing the automatic restarting of the FlexFNP license server program, lmgrd after the PC comes out of the hibernation mode has been fixed. The License Setup Wizard will automatically restart the server without any user intervention.

Platform Support

  • Supported Platforms:
    • Linux RHEL 5: 64-bit is the primary operating system (OS) for GoldenGate
    • Linux RHEL 6: 64-bit
    • Suse Linux: 64-bit 10.x.x, 11.x.x

Cadence ADE Support

  • Supported Versions:
    • IC 5.1.0 and all subversions
    • IC 6.1.4, 6.1.5, 6.1.6 and all subversions

GoldenGate Tools

GoldenGate 2013.10 (4.8.0) supports the following GoldenGate Tools/ADS versions:

  • GoldenGate Tools or ADS 2012.08 HF7 or later hotfix
  • GoldenGate Tools or ADS 2014.01
  • ADS 2013.06 HF3

    GoldenGate 2013.10 will work with GoldenGate Tools 2014.01 or ADS 2014.01 with Cadence IC 6.1 only.

Known Issues and Workarounds in GoldenGate 2013.10 (4.8.0)

  • The FCE models that are extracted from GoldenGate 2013.10 (4.8.0) are incompatible with SystemVue 2013.08 release, and will cause SystemVue to crash.
    Workaround: To have SystemVue 2013.08 work with the GoldenGate 2013.10 FCE models, do the following:
    1. Extract the ggfet_systemvue.dll from
      <GoldenGate>/etc/ggfet_systemvue.win_32-o.2013.08.7z for 32-bit SystemVue
      <GoldenGate>/etc/ggfet_systemvue.win_64-o.2013.08.7z for 64-bit SystemVue
    2. Copy to the SystemVue location at
      C:\Program Files\SystemVue2013.08\Bin for 32-bit SystemVue
      C:\Program Files (x86)\SystemVue2013.08\Bin for 64-bit SystemVue
  • The Verification Test Bench (VTB) simulations:
    • Will produce independent ds files for the Sweep and Monte Carlo tasks.
    • Are not supported in conjunction with parallel simulations.
  • absdelay() is not supported in Carrier (HB) analysis. The system issues the following error.
    absdelay() operator is not currently supported in HB and ET analyses.
  • Parameter default in the nport device model. The default for the thermalnoiseparameter is reset to match a new default in Spectre IC06.15.140 as following:

    Spectre

    GoldenGate

    Default
    (in bold)

    Pre IC06.15.140

    Pre 2012.10 (4.7.2)

    thermalnoise =no (off)

    IC06.15.140 and later

    2012.10 (4.7.2) and later

    thermalnoise =yes (on)

Note:

In the designs that use analogLib nport devices with the thermalnoise parameter set to a default, you will see some differences in the noise outputs with GolenGate 2013.10 (4.8.0) and later releases. To reproduce the older results, set thermalnoise =off in the nport devices in your schematics.

  • Compatibility issues with Spectre devices from analogLib:
    • noisetemp is ignored in analogLib nport device
  • With SSNA and FYC selected, S12 and S22 do not vary with trials. Only S11 and S21 results are correct.
  • Sweep Task is not supported for the parameters with mapped names
  • XP Analysis is not supported in simulations with GDE
  • New/Old UI forms:
    • Old states containing sweep task variables and saved with the old UI can miss variable definitions when opened with the new UI.
      Workaround: Opening an old saved state with UI click on a variable entry in the sweep task listbox and apply, then resave the state.
  • In the Monte CarloTask:
    • Correlation variables that refer to device instances are not supported.
    • When a PDK parameter is declared to have both process and mismatch variations only the last declaration (in a netlist) is accepted.
    • weight is ignored for Yield Goals.
    • When simulation has failed for some MC trials with the Local Parallel setting the results for the failed trials are not accessible.
    • When re-running a parallel Monte Carlo simulation, after changing the number of processes and trials, the output data does not get refreshed correctly in an existing qWave plot.
      Workaround : Upload the updated data manually.
    • The saved trial data file does not list the complete set of model parameters for models with bins and the rerun mechanism will not give correct results.
      Workaround: Use the start from number that usually defaults to 1 to specify the desired rerun trial and set No. of Trials to 1.
    • The .mc results file does not list the complete set of model parameters for models with bins. Statistics calculated against these model parameters will be inaccurate. The statistics of the performance measures by themselves are correct.
  • Instances of adsLib components inside model files will not be processed correctly if the Spectre format is set to be case-insensitive (simulator lang=spectre insensitive=yes). This is not an issue for most users that will be using the schematic editor.
    Workaround: Edit the model files so a simulator lang=spectre statement would precede the blocks with the adsLib components declarations and the default case sensitive format would be applied.
  • The use model of the Virtual Test Bench (VTB) has several restrictions that include:
    • Analysis it works in
    • Version of GoldenGate Tools it can be simulated with
    • Signals it can handle
    • Ports and simulation parameters settings
      For more information refer to VTB Uses and Restrictions
  • After running a Momentum simulation, you may generate a symbol for the S-parameter model to reuse the data in the GoldenGate simulations. Note that in this case the symbol must be generated with a grounded reference pin to run in GoldenGate. However if you want to simulate the extracted view of a layout with a Momentum model for a part of the layout, you need to use the symbol for the S-parameter model generated without a reference pin
  • Current and voltage output information is not available in the DDS Results Viewer when either an input Digital State File or Ptolemy components with parameter sweeps are used
  • In Cadence ADE:
    • When simulation states are saved as the design cell views, opening several states simultaneously within the same ADE session might lead to state corruption.
      Workaround : Reload the corrupted states with Session > Load States
  • In IC6.x ADE:
    • The Vir Probe, Vir Src, and Job Manager buttons are not displayed in the window
      Workaround : Use the menu items instead to access to the Vir Probe, Vir Src and Job Managersettings, respectively, as follows:
      • Outputs > GoldenGate Probes ...
      • Setup > Virtual Source Editor ...
      • Simulation > Job Manager ...
    • A double-click on the Variables section in the ADE window launches the native dialog, not the one that belongs to the GoldenGate simulator.
      Workaround : To access the GoldenGate dialog, use Variables > Edit ...
      Please also refer to GoldenGate Integration into ADE-L and ADE-XL Test Editor documentation.
  • Licensing
    • The new license server software packaged in the EEsof EDA License Tools version 2013.09 does not work on SuSE 10 platform. Use SuSE 11 or RHEL 5 or 6 instead as your Linux license server machine.
    • There is a known Flexera FNP issue, whereby mixing node-locked codewords and floating codewords in one license file can result in: a) Remote simulations not working or b) A second local simulation not working in case the license is node-locked and also has incorrect version.
      Workaround: It is strongly recommended that you do not mix node-locked codewords and floating codewords in one license file nor in any configuration that ends up with node-locked codewords and floating codewords both available on the same server. In other words, put the node-locked license and the floating license on different servers, and point to the respective one based on what you need to run.
      Additionally, we also recommend you to remove expired codewords, to separate out the new and the old versions of codewords into different files and different servers, and to point to the respective one based on what you need to run.
    • On the Linux platform, _LICENSE_FILE needs to be correctly specified before starting GoldenGate. Without that being set correctly, GoldenGate would not start.
    • Not specifying the TCP/IP port for the license server during license setup may lead to unexpected behavior and/or license checkout failure on the Windows platform. We strongly recommend you to always explicitly specify the TCP/IP port associated with each license server.
    • A node-locked and floating bundle operating on Linux cannot be shared between products using EDA License Tools version 2013.09 and 11.9.0.0 or earlier when run at the same time.
    • The "Check-in failed" message occurs in the license activity log occasionally can be ignored; the license mentioned in this message is actually properly returned.
    • License Setup Wizard does not remove any previous user-configured FLEX Windows License Service installed using FlexNet's lmtools.
      Workaround: You must remove the previous user-configured Windows License Service via lmtools.
      • Run the lmtools.exe from C:\Program Files\Agilent\EEsof_License_Tools\bin to invoke the lmtools utility. The lmtools utility window is displayed.
      • In the Service/License File tab, check the Configuration using Services option. All user-configured FLEX Windows License Services will be listed.
      • Select the service you wish to remove.
      • Select the Config Services tab and click the Remove Service button to remove the service.
        To ensure that the license service or lmgrd is running, click View Log. A log window appears that confirms whether agileesofd and lmgrd are up and running.
    • While running multiple versions of prior GoldenGate releases together, set _MAXIMUM_BUNDLE_USAGE=ON in your environment so that all of them will use the same method to check out licenses. Otherwise, you might receive an error message, "Licensed number of users already reached".
    • On some Windows 7 machines, when more than one definition of an Ethernet adapter exists (duplicates), license checkouts may appear to hang up.
      Workaround: Disable the duplicate network card definitions in your network settings: Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections. This issue has been acknowledged by Flexera and they have created a bug report (SIOC-000103097).
    • If a license server is configured with two license versions, that is, version 2.8 and 2.9 node-locked license files, the license server may crash.
      Workaround: You should combine the two license files into one file, instead of using them separately.
    • For LSF style distributed simulations, in case of windows, ensure that the PATH points to the $HPEESOF_DIR/EEsof_License_Tools/${architecture} directory that corresponds to the EEsof release being used. This needs to be done in order to ensure that the proper version of the Flexera utilities (like lmutil) gets picked up in the path before any older in-compatible versions (that may also be installed on a users’ system.)
    • License Setup Wizard (aglmwizard.exe), which is used to set up and record the license path would not work if you already have an environment variable set for _LICENSE_FILE.
      Workaround: You can use _LICENSE_FILE variable to point to license file or refer to Licensing (For Administrators).
    • The License Setup Wizard will exit or not properly configure a license server, if the server has all of its licenses currently in use.
      Workaround: Wait for a license on the server to become available as you normally would before launching the product.
    • If GoldenGate does not start after you reboot your 64-bit Windows computer, and a license denial message is displayed, then it might be caused by a spurious registry entry. Check to see if registry entry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\FLEXlm License Manager\EEsof EDA License Server exists; if it does, remove it and restart GoldenGate.
    • Unable to set license in case unicode characters are used either in path or license file name because the Flex License Service does not support these characters.
    • When the same user is running similar simulations from multiple sessions of GoldenGate on the same computer and display—that is, the same User-Display-Host— and if simulations are rerun an extra license may be pulled.
      Workaround: Select Simulation > Stop in all the GoldenGate sessions to release all the simulator licenses, then rerun the simulations.
 
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