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ADS Quick Installation

Installation Overview

Advanced Design System can be installed on a PC running Windows or UNIX and Linux systems by downloading ADS installation files from the Agilent EEsof EDA Website . The following flowchart illustrates the quick installation steps that help you install ADS quickly and complete the license setup.

Click on the respective box in the flowchart below for further details on the selected topic.

ADS Installation Flowchart

Obtain ADS License

You will need an ADS license file for:

  1. New purchased licenses
  2. New release license for major revisions
  3. Renew expired licenses
  4. Early access
  5. License change / transfer
  6. Evaluation license / token redemption / renewal request

Use the License Request Form to obtain your ADS License file.

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Download ADS Software

Click here to download ADS installation file of Windows/Vista, Linux, and Solaris.

You can also use the Agilent Download Manager to download ADS installation file.

Make sure your download is successful by comparing the downloaded file size with the one in download page. In case of any difference please download the file again.

Supported Platforms

ADS supports following platforms:

OS

32 bit

64 bit

Windows/VISTA

Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise SP1

Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64
Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise SP1 64-bit edition

LINUX

Redhat RHEL WS 4.x
Novell SUSE SLES 10

Redhat RHEL WS 4.0
Novell SUSE SLES 10 (64-bit AMD Opteron and Intel EM64T processors)

Solaris (SPARC)

Solaris 10 05/08 Patch Bundle the Solaris 10 05/08 (Update 5)
release image with 138352-02 X11 6.6.2: fontconfig patch

Solaris 10 with 64-bit support turned on Solaris 10 05/08 Patch Bundle
or the Solaris 10 05/08 (Update 5) release image with 138352-02 X11 6.6.2: fontconfig patch

Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit edition

System Requirements

Windows

Ensure that your hardware and software configuration meets the following minimum hardware and system requirements to install and/or run ADS, including RAM, disk space, operating systems, service packs and updates, etc.

Minimum configuration requirements may not provide adequate performance and responsiveness. For the latest system requirement information, refer to Windows Installation document.

Display

High-resolution color only (Super VGA, 1024x768, 15-inch monitor minimum).

RAM

1 GB for Windows XP
4 GB for Windows Vista.
Additional RAM enables you to simulate larger designs (e.g., on Vista, EM users will need over 8 GB of RAM). However, on a 32-bit Windows XP operating system, its processes cannot use more than 2 GB of memory for a single simulation process regardless of the maximum addressable memory available on your system.

Virtual Memory

Minimum 300 MB. More virtual memory may be required for larger designs.

Web Browser

ADS documentation is HTML-based and displayed via a web browser. Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.5 or higher. To view the pdf files, Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher. Java and JavaScript must be enabled on your browser for the documentation to appear correctly. Latest Java Runtime Environment (JRE) must be installed to use the search functionality provided in the documentation.

Hard Disk

2.0 GB for a minimum installation.
5.5 GB for a complete installation.
Recommended file system is NTFS. Novell file servers are not supported. VFAT/FAT systems are not recommended for complete installations.

Security Device

ADS software licenses are locked to an external device (FLEXid hardware security key) attached to the PC's USB or parallel port or locked to a PC's LAN ethernet card. Licenses can also be secured to a network server using FLEXlm server software.

Printers

Printers supported by the operating system used. (Note for HP LaserJet 3100 Only: There may be a conflict with the hardware key; if so, contact HP Printer Support by phone or on the web.)

Media Type

DVD or high speed internet access required for program installation.

Processor

Intel Pentium 4 or higher.
AMD XP 3000 or higher.

Compiler

(only for model development and 64-bit simulations involving Verilog-A components) C++ and C: Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2005 with SP1/Hotfix (Windows Vista 64 also requires Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite Service Pack 1 and Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista)

HDL simulator

This is required only for HDL cosimulation. ADS supports only Mentor Graphics ModelSim SE Plus 6.3a in 32-bit mode.

Unix

Ensure that your hardware and software configuration meets the following minimum hardware and system requirements to install and/or run ADS, including RAM, disk space, operating systems, service packs and updates, etc.

Display

Displays High-resolution color only. (Super VGA, 1024x768, 15-inch monitor minimum) Processor ADS is not supported on Intel Itanium-based workstations. Intel Pentium® 4 or better, or AMD XP 3000 or better.

RAM

1 GB RAM recommended minimum. Additional RAM will enable you to simulate larger designs. However, on a 32-bit operating system, its processes cannot use more than 2 GB regardless of the maximum addressable memory available on your system.

Swap Space

512 MB recommended minimum, increased swap space may be required for larger designs.

Web Browser

ADS documentation is HTML-based and displayed via a web browser. Netscape 4.5 or higher is required. Mozilla 1.7 or Firefox 1.5.0.4 or better are the recommended web browsers. To view the pdf files, Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher is recommended. Java and JavaScript must be enabled on your browser for the documentation to appear correctly. You will need to install the Java Runtime Environment to be able to use the search functionality provided in the documentation. The minimum recommended version is Sun Java Plug-in 1.3. To use the documentation search engine on 64-bit Novell SUSE SLES 10 systems, 32-bit Mozilla from SuSe (mozilla-1.7.8-5.13.i586.rpm) and the 32-bit JRE 1.6.9_3 from Sun (jre-6u3-linux-i586.rpm) is required.

Hard Disk Space

ADS requires about 1.3 GB for a minimum installation and 5.5 GB for a complete installation.

Security Device

ADS software licenses are secured to a network server using FLEXlm server software or locked to an individual computer host ID number. ADS software licenses are secured to a network server using FLEXlm server software or locked to an external device (FLEXid hardware security key) attached to the USB port (only applies to 32-bit code) or locked to a LAN ethernet card.

Printer

ADS uses Xprinter for all PostScript®, HPGL2 and PCL printing. For a complete list of output devices supported with Xprinter, consult the text file called filename_map.txt, located in the directory path: /xprinter/ppds. For instructions on UNIX and Linux printing and plotting, refer to "Printing and Plotting".

Media Type

DVD or high speed internet access required for program installation. Window Manager Motif™ V.1.1/1.2 Open Windows 3.0, or CDE KDE or GNOME.

Compiler

Compiler is required only for model development. : C++ and CC: SunStudio 11 ; C++: gcc Version 4.1.1

HDL simulator

It is required only for HDL cosimulation. These HDL simulators are the latest versions supported on ADS:

  1. Mentor Graphics ModelSim SE Plus 6.3a (both 32-bit and 64-bit mode)
  2. Cadence NCSim IUS6.2 for both 64-bit and 32-bit simulation (Only on ADS supported Linux and Sun).
  3. Cadence VerilogXL IUS6.2 for only 32-bit simulation (Only on ADS supported Linux and Sun).

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Unix / Linux Installation

To install ADS on Unix and Linux systems:

  1. Log onto the system with permissions to write to the disk where you want to install ADS.
  2. Create a new directory, for example ADS_setup and copy the ads2009Ur1400_linux_x86.tar file (for ADS 2009 Update 1, downloaded for Agilent website).
  3. Untar the file using following command:
    tar xf ads2009Ur1400_linux_x86.tar
  4. Change directory to ADS_setup.

After this step, the Unix installation be done in two different ways,

  1. Unix Installation in Standard Mode (GUI)
  2. Unix Installation in Console Mode

Unix Installation in Standard Mode (GUI)

To install ADS using the GUI setup instructions you must set the display environment variable. Click here to see more details on Setting the Display

If you are running Netscape browser, or another program that uses a lot of color resources, you must close the application before starting the Advanced Design System installation.

  1. Start the installation program using the following command:
    ./SETUP.SH
  2. At the Introduction window, click Next to read the License Agreement. This is a usage agreement and is not related to the licenses required to run the software.
  3. At the License Agreement window, after reviewing the agreement, choose:
    • I accept the terms of the License Agreement and click Next to continue with the setup.
    • I do NOT accept the terms of the License Agreement to terminate the setup program.
  4. In Choose Install Set window, choose
    • Complete to install the basic ADS software, design guides, examples, and documentation. If you choose Complete then skip the next step.
    • Custom to choose which ADS modules you want to install. For a complete list of Custom Installation items, refer to ADS Installation Options.

      While you choose here which ADS features you want to install, you must have necessary license to execute the selected feature.

  5. For Custom installation, the next window lets you choose the ADS items you want to install. You must choose to install the ADS programs and tools option since it is the basic ADS software. You can always re-run the installation program to install other items. Click an item name to see a description. Select the items you wish to install and click Next to continue.
  6. In Choose Install Folder window, enter the full path to the directory where you want to install the ADS software. If you specify a directory that does not already exist, the installation program will create it for you. The default installation directory is /usr/local/ADS2009U1. Do any of the following:
    • Click Next to install to the default destination
    • Enter the full path or click Choose to browse to a different destination directory. Click Next to install to the specified folder.
  7. At the Pre-Installation Summary, the installation directory you have selected is shown, along with the available disk space on the disk partition that contains this directory. If you want to keep the installation directory shown, click Install. If you want to change the installation directory, click Previous.
  8. The Installing Advanced Design System 2009 Update 1 window appears. When installation is finished, the Install Complete window appears. Note the Host ID (aka MAC Address or License ID) then click Done to close the installation program.
  9. Configure user accounts. See Configuring User Accounts.
  10. Use the FLEXnet security licenses from Agilent EEsof to create a license.lic file with the correct SERVER and VENDOR line configurations.
  11. Place the license.lic file in the licenses sub-directory of your ADS installation directory and start FLEXnet to enable your licenses. For more details, see ADS License Setup for Unix and Linux.
  12. Start ADS. For more details, see Launch ADS in Unix.

Unix Installation in Console Mode

  1. Change directory to the install image and run the following command
    ./SETUP.SH -i console
    The following message gets displayed after running the command If you want to continue with the Installation PRESS <ENTER> TO CONTINUE
  2. Press <ENTER> until you see the following message DO YOU ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THIS LICENSE AGREEMENT? (Y/N):
  3. Enter Y if you accept the THE TERMS OF THIS LICENSE AGREEMENT
    Next it asks for
    ===============================================================================
    Choose Install Set
    ------------------
    Please choose the Install Set to be installed by this installer.
    1- Complete
    2- Customize...
    ENTER THE NUMBER FOR THE INSTALL SET, OR PRESS <ENTER> TO ACCEPT THE DEFAULT
    :

Complete Installation (Console Mode)

  1. Enter 1 for Complete Installation and the following message is displayed:
    Where would you like to install?
    Default Install Folder: /usr/local/ADS2009U1
    ENTER AN ABSOLUTE PATH, OR PRESS <ENTER> TO ACCEPT THE DEFAULT
  2. For example if you want to install at "/hfs/d1/local/installations/ADS2009U1"
    Type /hfs/d1/local/installations/ADS2009U1 and press <Enter> other wise just press <Enter> it will install in Default Install Folder: "/usr/local/ADS2009U1"
  3. Next it ask for INSTALL FOLDER IS: /hfs/d1/local/installations/ADS2009U1
    IS THIS CORRECT? (Y/N):
    Type Y and press <ENTER> if it correct other wise Type N and press <ENTER> ( if the Installation location is wrong and reenter the correct location and repeat the st)
  4. PRESS <ENTER> until it starts Installation
  5. After Complete Installation you will see following message
    ---------------------
    Installation Complete
    ---------------------
    Congratulations. Advanced Design System 2009 Update 1 has been successfully
    installed to:
    /hfs/d1/local/installations/base/ADS2009U1
    PRESS <ENTER> TO EXIT THE INSTALLER:
  6. Press the <ENTER> key to Exit the installer.
  7. Configure user accounts. See Configuring User Accounts.
  8. Use the FLEXnet security licenses from Agilent EEsof to create a license.lic file with the correct SERVER and VENDOR line configurations. For more details, see ADS License Setup for Unix and Linux.
  9. Place the license.lic file in the licenses sub-directory of your ADS installation directory and start FLEXnet to enable your licenses.
  10. Start ADS. For more details, see Launch ADS in Unix / Linux

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Custom Installation (Console Mode)

  1. Enter 2 for Complete Installation, It display following message
    ===============================================================================
    Choose Product Features
    -----------------------
    ENTER A COMMA_SEPARATED LIST OF NUMBERS REPRESENTING THE FEATURES YOU WOULD
    LIKE TO SELECT, OR DESELECT. TO VIEW A FEATURE'S DESCRIPTION, ENTER
    '?<NUMBER>'. PRESS <RETURN> WHEN YOU ARE DONE:
    1- (X) ADS programs and tools
    2- (X) DesignGuides and Application Guides
    3- ( ) FLEXnet Files
    4- (X) Manuals & Help
    5- (X) Examples
    Please choose the Features to be installed by this installer.
    :
  2. If you want to "Install ADS programs and tools" and "DesignGuides and Application Guides" then type 1,2 and PRESS <ENTER?
    Next It display following message
    Where would you like to install?
    Default Install Folder: /usr/local/ADS2009U1
    ENTER AN ABSOLUTE PATH, OR PRESS <ENTER> TO ACCEPT THE DEFAULT
  3. For example if you want to install at "/hfs/d1/local/installations/ADS2009U1"
    Type /hfs/d1/local/installations/ADS2009U1 and press <Enter> other wise just press <Enter> it will install in Default Install Folder: "/usr/local/ADS2009U1"
  4. Next it ask for INSTALL FOLDER IS: /hfs/d1/local/installations/ADS2009U1
    IS THIS CORRECT? (Y/N):
    Type Y and press <ENTER> if it correct other wise Type N and press <ENTER> If the Installation location is wrong and renter the correct location
  5. PRESS <ENTER> until it starts Installation
  6. After Complete Installation you will see following message
    ---------------------
    Installation Complete
    ---------------------
    Congratulations. Advanced Design System 2009 Update 1 has been successfully
    installed to:
    /hfs/d1/local/installations/base/ADS2009U1
    PRESS <ENTER> TO EXIT THE INSTALLER:
  7. PRESS <ENTER> TO EXIT THE INSTALLER
  8. Configure user accounts. See Configuring User Accounts.
  9. Use the FLEXnet security licenses from Agilent EEsof to create a license.lic file with the correct SERVER and VENDOR line configurations. For more details, see ADS License Setup for Unix and Linux.
  10. Place the license.lic file in the licenses sub-directory of your ADS installation directory and start FLEXnet to enable your licenses.
  11. Start ADS. For more details, see Launch ADS in Unix

Unix / Linux License setup

To setup the licenses for UNIX and Linux Installation, see ADS License Setup for Unix and Linux.

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Setting the Display

If you want to run ADS from a remote computer and you want the display to appear on your local machine, you will need to set the DISPLAY environment variable:

setenv DISPLAY <my_hostname>: 0.0 \(C-Shell\)
DISPLAY = <my_hostname>: 0.0 \(Korn Shell, Bourne Shell\)
export DISPLAY 

For a Sun Ray file server and diskless terminals using Solaris 8, you will need to set the DISPLAY environment variable:

setenv DISPLAY <servername>$Display \(C-Shell\)
set DISPLAY = <servername>$Display \(Korn Shell, Bourne Shell\)
export DISPLAY 

For details on using the Sun Ray appliance, refer to the Sun Microsystem website at:
http://wwws.sun.com/sunray/index.html

Windows Installation

Windows - Standard Installation

To install ADS on a Windows PC:

  1. After downloading the ADS windows installation image from the Agilent EEsof EDA Web, unzip the file contents to the local hard disk.
  2. Exit all Windows programs and run setup.exe from the extracted files.
  3. At the Introduction screen, click the Next button to read the License Agreement. This is a usage agreement and is not related to the licenses required to run the software. This appears only when you run Setup the first time or after uninstalling ADS.
  4. At the License Agreement screen, after reviewing the agreement, choose:
    • I accept the terms of the License Agreement to accept the License Agreement, then choose Next to continue the setup program.
    • I do NOT accept the terms of the License Agreement to reject the License Agreement, then choose Next to end the setup program.
  5. At the Customer Information screen, enter your information. There are no special requirements for this information, or connection to licenses. Choose Next to continue.
  6. At the Choose Install Set screen, choose an installation option:
    • Complete requires about 4.5 GB of disk space and installs the ADS design environment, simulators, documentation, examples, and DesignGuides. Select Custom if you want to install a different combination of items. See ADS Installation Options. If you choose a Complete installation, skip the next step.
    • Custom lets you choose the ADS items you want to install. For a list of custom installation items, see ADS Installation Options.

      Note

      While you choose here which ADS items you want to install, the ability to run them is determined by the licenses you have purchased.

  7. For a Custom installation, the next screen lets you choose the items you want to install. Click a item name to see a description. Select the items you want to install and click Next to continue.

    Note

    You must choose to install ADS programs and tools which includes Layout, Simulators and Schematic Capture; otherwise ADS will not run properly.
    Manuals & Help is selected by default to install the entire ADS documentation set. If you uncheck this item, documentation and help files will not be available regardless of which other items you choose.

  8. At the Choose Install Folder screen, choose:
    • Next to install to the default folder. The installation program will create this folder if it does not already exist.
    • Choose to specify a different destination folder. If you specify a folder that does not already exist, the installation program will create it for you.
  9. At the Set Your Home Directory screen, choose:
    • Next to accept the default.
    • Choose to select a different folder.
      The folder you specify will be the default startup folder for ADS. It will also be used to store the configuration data in a subfolder called hpeesof. If you are using more than one ADS version, please choose a new Home folder for each version. For the best performance, choose a folder on your local, not network, drive.
  10. At the Pre-Installation Summary screen, review your choices and click:
    • Previous to access previous screens to verify entries and make changes. This screen appears again if you go back to make other choices.
    • Install to start the installation. Immediately after you click Next, the Setup Status screen appears and the program configures the installation process. When the program determines that your system is ready for installation, it begins to install files. The status screen displays the files being installed and the progress.
    • Cancel to exit the Setup without completing the installation.
  11. When the installation is done, read the License Information screen to learn how to obtain licenses, then click Next.
  12. At the Hardware Key Drivers screen, read the information about installing FLEXnet ID dongle drivers, then click Next.
  13. The next screen contains a question asking if you want to install FLEXid dongle drivers; choose:
    • Yes if you will use a dongle to run the FLEXnet licensing system. The Acresso installation program loads the latest FLEXid drivers needed for the hardware key. If you need to install the drivers later, Acresso recommends that you install the FLEXid drivers with their installer, which is included on the ADS PC Setup disk.
    • No if you will be using a PC LAN card's Ethernet ID to run the FLEXnet licensing system.
  14. When the Install Complete screen appears, note the Host ID (aka MAC Address or License ID) then click Done:
  15. Start ADS. See Launch ADS in Windows.

Note

Before launching ADS, click here for ADS License Setup.

Windows - Silent Installation

For Windows Silent installation, follow the steps below:

  1. Download and unzip the ADS installation file in any folder, for example, C:\ads\install_files
  2. Check for any existing ADS installation of the same release. There should not be any C:\<ADS installation folder> folder. For example, if you want to install ADS2009 Update 1, it must have not been installed previously. If ADS 2009 update already exist, you must un-install the same.
  3. Open the Command Prompt and change directory to the folder C:\ads\install_files.

Complete Silent Installation

To perform the complete silent installation without any user interaction, type the following command from the command line (from C:\ads\install_files folder):

setup.exe -i silent

Note

Silent installation runs in the background, therefore there are not any messages or confirmation boxes while installer is running. However, you can see the ads_install.exe process running the the task manager.

Custom Silent Installation

There are two different ways to run the silent installation.

In first approach, the custom silent installation gets its input from the Response File. To perform a custom silent installation without requiring any user interaction, you must create a response file and execute the following command from the command prompt from C:\ads\install_files:

setup.exe -f c:\tmp\your_response_file.txt -i silent 

In second approach, to run the silent install execute the following command, from the C:\ads\install_files\Windows\Disk1\InstData\VM sub location:

 start /wait ads_install.exe -f c:\tmp\your_response_file.txt -i silent 

Creating Response File

The response file is a plain text file that uses a simple key=value format. By default, response file is always generated only after the successful installation of the ADS. InstallAnywhere creates this file when the installation exits, storing the values of the applicable properties in the file. This is useful for saving a record of a specific installation execution session that can later be reused in a silent or custom installation.

You can create you own response file or edit the existing one if ADS is already installed.

A response file contains the following text (as below):

INSTALLER_UI=silent
USER_INSTALL_DIR=C:\
CHOSEN_INSTALL_SET=custom
USER_SELECTED_FOLDER=C:\users\myuser
USER_DEFAULT_HOME=users\myuser
USER_HOME_FOLDER=C:\users\myuser
CHOSEN_INSTALL_FEATURE_LIST=ADS,DGS,Examples,Manuals

Where,

  • INSTALLER_UI allows you to specify the installer mode in the properties file, negating the need to use the -i silent command-line switch.
  • USER_INSTALL_DIR is the location where you wish to install ADS.
  • USER_DEFAULT_HOME_FOLDER is the location where you wish to save your configuration files and projects.
  • CHOSEN_INSTALL_SET can be set to a value of either complete or custom. If you set it to "complete", you don't need to add the CHOSEN_INSTALL_FEATURE_LIST variable. The "complete" selection will install all of the ADS modules. If you select "custom", you need to set the CHOSEN_INSTALL_FEATURE_LIST (as described below).
  • CHOSEN_INSTALL_FEATURE_LIST use one or more of the following items separated by commas. Note, using all of these together constitutes a complete install:ADS, DGS, FLEXnet, Manuals, Examples

For example the response file for custom silent install will be as follows:

INSTALLER_UI=silent
USER_INSTALL_DIR=C\:\\ADS2009U1
CHOSEN_INSTALL_SET=custom
CHOSEN_INSTALL_FEATURE_LIST=<option> <-- where <option> is one of ADS, DesignGuides, FLEXnet, Manuals, Examples
USER_SELECTED_FOLDER=C\:\\users\\default
USER_DEFAULT_HOME=users\\default
USER_HOME_FOLDER=C\:\\users\\default 

Notes

  1. The drive letter, colon, position and number of backslashes is absolutely critical.
  2. You can also run Complete Silent Installation using response file , In this case response file need to be modified as below.

For complete silent installation the response file is as follows:

INSTALLER_UI=silent
USER_INSTALL_DIR=C\:\\ADS2009
CHOSEN_INSTALL_SET=complete
USER_SELECTED_FOLDER=C\:\\users\\default
USER_DEFAULT_HOME=users\\default
USER_HOME_FOLDER=C\:\\users\\default

Windows License setup

To setup the licenses for Windows Installation, visit ADS Licenses Setup for Windows.

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ADS Installation options

ADS supports Complete as well Custom installation of the software.

Complete Installation Options

If you select Complete install, ADS installs the following for which you need at least 4.5 GB of free disk space:

Item

Description

ADS programs and tools

This is the basic ADS software, minus the following items

DesignGuides and Application Guides

Special interactive tool kits and handbooks for various design types

Manuals & Help

All documentation. If this option is not selected, documentation will not be available

Examples

All examples for Advanced Design System

FLEXnet files are not installed in Complete Install.

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Custom Installation Options

If you opt for Custom Install, you can select which of the following items you want to install.

Item

Description

Size

ADS programs and tools

This is the basic ADS software, minus the following items

1.8 GB

DesignGuides and Application Guides

Special interactive tool kits and handbooks for various design types

630 MB

FLEXnet Files

FLEXnet licensing software

100 MB

Manuals & Help

All documentation. If this option is not selected, documentation will not be available

900 MB

Examples

All examples for Advanced Design System

1.3 GB

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Launch ADS

Lauch ADS in Windows

Your FLEXnet license file must be properly configured and installed before you can run ADS. To set up your license file, follow the instructions in ADS Licenses Setup for Windows.

To run ADS, from the Start menu
Select Programs > Advanced Design System 2009 Update 1

The choices available are:

  • ADS Tools. Displays a list of ADS tools, such as Digital Filter Designer, or LineCalc if they have been installed. Choose the tool you want to launch (provided you have licensed these features). Other tools include the License Information Tool, License Preference Tool, and the Ptolemy Modelbuilder Shell.
  • ADS Documentation. Brings up your Web browser and the starting point for accessing ADS documentation. The documentation files are accessed from the location in which they are installed (if you chose to install documentation).
  • *Launches the ADS Main window, enables the 32-bit simulators, and the use of the various ADS Suites, features and modules you have licensed. (If ADS is installed on a 64-bit operating system and you want to use the 64-bit Momentum simulator or 64-bit Analog/RF simulator, choose Advanced Design System (64-bit Simulations) instead. If you have purchased the special RF Designer product, choose RF Designer, instead.)
    If you are not familiar with ADS, choose Help > Topics and Index > Quick Start for help on getting started with ADS.
  • Advanced Design System (64-bit Simulations). On 64-bit operating systems, launches the ADS Main window, enables the 64-bit Momentum simulator, 64-bit Analog/RF simulator, 64-bit Ptolemy simulator, 64-bit Data Display, and the use of the various ADS Suites, features, and modules you have licensed.
  • RF Designer. Launches the ADS Main window for use with the RF Designer product, which is the lowest-cost ADS suite for RF design.
  • Uninstall Advanced Design System 2009 Update 1. Launches the Uninstall Program.

Running ADS in Verbose Mode

ADS can be started in verbose (debug) mode to display more information about what is happening as ADS runs. This extra information can be very useful to debug a problem with ADS both at startup and in general operation. In verbose mode, ADS writes a log file to the root folder of your PC's system disk. Typically, this is:

C:\ads_daemon.log

The ads_daemon.log file can be sent by e-mail to Agilent EEsof EDA Technical Support for assistance.

To start ADS in verbose mode, do the following:

  1. Open your Windows Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the bin folder in the ADS installation folder. For example,
    C:\ADS2009U1\bin
  3. Double click on the ads_verbose.bat file.
    This will start ADS. You will notice some extra message windows as ADS starts. Just click OK on each of the windows. Run ADS until the problem you are trying to debug occurs, then take a look at the ads_daemon.log file for errors.
    If you can't locate the trouble based on the contents of ads_daemon.log, please contact Agilent EEsof EDA Technical Support and e-mail the _ads_daemon.log file to the support engineer working with you.

Running ADS from a Network-based Installation

You can install ADS on your network and run it from any PC connected to your network.

  1. Install ADS selecting the Complete installation option on at least one PC (the file server).
  2. Share the Advanced Design System installation directory with the users on your network.
  3. Run the configuration script on each PC client (see Running the Configuration Script). This step does not apply to versions of ADS prior to ADS 2008.
  4. Create a batch file to set the environment variables and to start ADS (see Creating a Batch File to Set the Environment and Start ADS).

Running the Configuration Script

On each PC client, you need to run a small setup.exe configuration program. The ADS file server contains 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the configuration program.

  • For 32-bit systems, run the setup.exe configuration program located in:
    <_Installation Directory Path_>\install\32bit\setup.exe
  • For 64-bit systems, run the setup.exe configuration program located here:
    <_Installation Directory Path_>\install\64bit\setup.exe

If desired, the configuration program can be run in silent mode on the PC client. Use the path shown above (depending on 32-bit or 64-bit) and replace setup.exe with the following:

 msiexec /q /i "%HPEESOF_DIR\install\32bit\ADS_MM_Setup.msi" 

Note

Running the configuration program in silent mode successfully depends on careful placement of the double-quotes (").

Creating a Batch File to Set the Environment and Start ADS

Using a text editor, create a batch file on the each PC client. The name of this file is not as important as giving it the .bat file extension. The file can be located anywhere on the PC client. For added convenience, you can create a Windows shortcut to the batch file.

The following is an example of a Windows .bat file that sets the environment variables and starts ADS 2009 Update 1. The exact path name and location for the HPEESOF_DIR, HOME, and AGILEESOFD_LICENSE_FILE environment variables will vary depending on your version of ADS, your home directory location, and your particular license configuration. Check with your system administrator for details.

set HPEESOF_DIR=c:\ADS2009U1
set AGILEESOFD_LICENSE_FILE=27001@<your server>
set PATH = %HPEESOF_DIR%\bin;%PATH%

REM For 2008 and newer releases
set DOCS_DIR=%HPEESOF_DIR%\doc

REM for releases prior to 2008
REM set DOCS_DIR=%HPEESOF_DIR%
set HOME=C:\users\default

cd %HOME%
%HPEESOF_DIR%\bin\ads.exe 

Note

If you run this batch file to launch a network copy of ADS 2008 or later versions and you have NOT run the required setup.exe configuration program, following error message is displayed:

.\ads.exe  The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log for more detail.

Launch ADS in Unix / Linux

Environment variables must be set before you can run ADS. To set the environment variables, see Configuring User Accounts.
Your FLEXnet license file must be properly configured and installed before you can run ADS. To set up your license file, follow the instructions in ADS License Setup for Unix and Linux.

To run ADS, open a terminal window and enter the command:

ads

Choose Help > Topics and Index > Quick Start for help on getting started with ADS.

Starting ADS in Verbose Mode (Debug Mode)

ADS can be started in verbose (debug) mode to display more information about what is occurring as ADS runs. This extra information can be very useful to debug a problem with ADS both at startup and in general operation. In verbose mode, ADS writes log files that can be used by Agilent EEsof EDA Technical Support to help track down any problems.

To start ADS in verbose mode, do the following:

  1. Open a terminal window.
  2. Type ads_verbose.

This will start ADS. You will see some messages indicating the location of two log files. Note the location of these files as indicated in the messages. The file names are as follows:

ads_daemon.log
ads_verbose.log

Note

If ads_verbose is not found, you may need to set the HPEESOF_DIR and PATH environment variables.

Run ADS until the problem you are trying to debug occurs, then take a look at the ads_daemon.log and ads_verbose.log files for errors.

If you can't locate the trouble based on the contents of the log files, please contact Agilent EEsof EDA Technical Support. You will want to e-mail the log files to the support engineer working with you.

Using 32-bit Simulators on a 64-bit Operating System

On a 64-bit operating system, you can either use the default 64-bit simulators or you can use the 32-bit simulators. To use the 32-bit simulators on a 64-bit system, do one of the following:

  • Set the EESOF_64BIT environment variable as follows:
    EESOF_64BIT=0

or

  • Start ADS by opening a terminal window and entering the command:
    ads -32bit
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