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Features and Capabilities List

The following table contains a partial list of the LINC2 software suite programs, features and capabilities.  Because of size constraints, not all features can be listed here.  Please click the Products tab (on the Home page) or browse the rest of this website for more information on the LINC2 suite of programs and synthesis modules.

Feature FAST AMP Pro Filter (Standard) Filter Pro LINC2 (Standard) LINC2 Pro Comments
Includes FAST: Fast Amplifier Synthesis Tool
Yes
No No No     No     No Special Discount Offer - Save $231
Includes AMP Pro (advanced and basic amplifier circuit synthesis) No
Yes
No No  
             No
 
Yes
included with LINC2 Pro Purchase; Save $795
Includes Filter Pro (advanced and basic filter synthesis) No No No
Yes
 
              No
 
Yes
included with LINC2 Pro Purchase; Save an additional $795
Includes Attenuator Synthesis Module No No No No  
Yes
 
Yes
 
Includes Matching Network Synthesis Module
Yes
Yes
No No  
Yes
 
Yes
 
Includes TLine Transmission Line Design and Synthesis Module No No No No  
Yes
 
Yes
 
Includes Circles Utility
Yes
Yes
No No  
Yes
 
Yes
 
Includes RF Calculator Utility No No No No  
Yes
 
Yes
 
Includes De-embedding Utility No No No No  
Yes
 
Yes
 
Includes Schematic (general purpose schematic capture/schematic editor)
Yes
Yes
       Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Schematic editing: Undo, Copy/Duplicate parts, Move or Delete any part or group of parts
Yes
Yes
       Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Create, edit and simulate any circuit using nodal netlist circuit description
Yes
Yes
       Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Simulate circuit directly from schematic page
Yes
Yes
       Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Unlimited number of simulation/measurement ports No
Yes
No No  
Yes
 
Yes
 
Large number of graph plots (up to 32 simulation data sets on each graph or chart) No
Yes
No No  
Yes
 
Yes
 
Graphics displays of simulation results (Rectangular plots, Smith Charts, Graphs etc.)
Yes
Yes
       Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Display circuit stability analysis (graph stability factors and plot stability circles) Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes
Output displayed results to printer
Yes
Yes
       Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Display simulation results and data in numerical tables
Yes
Yes
       Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Print schematics (Save, Recall, or Print schematics) Yes Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Generate circuit netlist files from schematic Yes Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Print circuit netlists (Save, Recall, or Print netlists) Yes Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Export LINC2 schematics directly into AWR Microwave Office No Yes No No Yes Yes  
Export simulation results to S-parameter data files Yes Yes No No Yes Yes  
Export/Save simulation results and data to Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (CSV) files No Yes No No Yes Yes  
Synthesize live schematics (synthesized schematics can be edited, tuned or optimized) Yes Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Synthesized netlists can be edited or tuned (interactive real-time tuning) Yes Yes No No Yes Yes  
Interactive real-time tuning Yes Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Assign named variables on schematic to any number of component element values No Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Named variables can be used for tuning or optimization No Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Optimization (built-in high performance optimizer) No Yes No Yes Yes Yes  
Monte Carlo statistical yield analysis Yes Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Simulate with complex circuit ports (real or complex ports) Yes Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Simulate with circuit ports defined by external data files Yes Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Simulate with differential or balanced circuit ports (as well as single-ended ports) Yes Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Read in external data files as schematic circuit elements Yes Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Read in external data files as netlist circuit elements Yes Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Read multi-port S-parameter files (as well as one and two-port Touchstone S-parameters) No Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
External S-parameter data file viewer (display graphs and Smith Charts from file data) Yes Yes No No Yes Yes  
Context sensitive online help system No Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Large component library; more than 30,000 device and component files No Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
More than 50 built-in device models, circuit elements and schematic symbols Yes Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Physical models include microstrip, stripline, and discontinuity models Yes Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Physical line models include coupled microstrip and coupled stripline No Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Physical line models include coplanar waveguide No Yes No No Yes Yes  
Electrical T-Line models include 2/4-port lines, coupled lines, and open and shorted stubs Yes Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Automatic schematic conversion of electrical line models to physical (microstrip/stripline) models Yes Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Place markers on graphs and Smith Charts for precise data readout at a specific frequency Yes Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Easy drag-and-drop action moves markers to a new location along a plot Yes Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Special marker function automatically finds minimum and maximum locations on a plot No Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Special marker function automatically finds zero phase cross-over (for oscillator design) No Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Special marker function automatically finds point of maximum loaded Q No Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Marker function automatically finds Q at any frequency or Q at plot (data) maximum No Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Automatically convert impedance between single-ended ports to differential impedance Yes Yes        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Click Match to synthesize a matching network between any two real or complex schematic ports Yes Yes No No Yes Yes  
User defines equations (specify new user defined relations between variables and component values) Yes Yes No No Yes Yes  

Design and Synthesis

             
Automated design and synthesis of Low Noise Amplifiers (LNA) for minimum noise (Fmin) Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Automated design and synthesis of LNA for maximum gain (Gmax) Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Automated design and synthesis of LNA for noise and gain tradeoffs Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Automated design and synthesis of LNA for gain and stability tradeoffs Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Design LNA for minimum noise with improved input match (trading output RL for improved input RL) No Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Design LNA with automated 3-way tradeoff between noise, input RL (return loss) and output RL No Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Synthesize LNA with lumped or distributed matching networks Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Synthesize LNA with choice of any source or load port impedance Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Automatically stabilize device using low noise series feedback technique Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Automatically stabilize device using series or shunt load resistance Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Automatically synthesize LNA schematic with matching and stabilization networks applied Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Automatically synthesize LNA netlist with matching and stabilization networks applied Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Design LNA using Available Power Gain procedure Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Design LNA using Operating Power Gain procedure Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Design LNA using Transducer Power Gain procedure No Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
LNA design with automatic display of Noise Circles, Gain Circles, Stabilty Circles and RL Circles Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Displayed gain circles include numerical printout of location and size of circles Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Displayed stability circles indicate stable region and numerical printout of location and size of circles Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Draw user specified constant Ga and Gp gain circles for single frequency or broadband sweep Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Draw stability circles for single frequency or broadband sweep Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Draw user specified constant input and output mismatch circles No Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Draw Noise Circles for user specified NF (noise figure) Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Smith Chart display of optimal source and load impedance for single frequency or broadband sweep Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Numerical printout of optimal source and load impedance and reflection coefficients Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Extract broadband optimal source and load data to saved data file No Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Automated design and synthesis of single stage and multistage linear amplifiers Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Automated design and computer synthesis of single stage and multistage balanced amplifiers No Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Design and computer synthesis of single and multistage push-pull or differential amplifiers No Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Synthesize single stage or multistage amplifiers with lumped or distributed matching networks Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Automatically synthesize inter-stage matching networks for multistage amplifiers Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Synthesize single or multistage amplifier schematics complete with matching and stability networks Yes Yes NA NA Yes Yes  
Design and synthesize balanced filters (with differential ports) NA NA        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Synthesize single-ended filters (with unbalanced ports): lowpass, highpass, bandpass and bandstop NA NA        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Synthesize lumped and distributed filters with Bessel, Butterworth and Chebyshev response shapes NA NA        Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Design and synthesize microwave distributed filters in microstrip and stripline NA NA No Yes Yes Yes  
Simulate filter response from schematic (circuit theory simulation) or EM electromagnetic simulation NA NA No Yes Yes Yes  
Filter (geometry) layout viewer and layout editor (Sonnet) NA NA No Yes Yes Yes  
Export distributed filter layout to DXF file and translate to Gerber for generating PWB NA NA No Yes      No Yes  

New features, capabilities and improvements are routinely added- features and capabilities are subject to change without notice.

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