Atheros Adopts Berkeley Analog FastSPICE

Atheros Communications, Inc., a leading developer of semiconductor system solutions for advanced wireless communication products, has adopted Berkeley Design Automation’s Analog FastSPICE(TM) circuit simulator. Analog FastSPICE enables Atheros’ designers to verify their nanometer-scale GHz analog and RF circuits in a fraction of the time required by traditional SPICE tools. Berkeley Design Automation is a provider of Precision Circuit Analysis(TM) technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits.

“The analog and RF circuits in our XSPAN(TM) and ROCm(TM) chipsets run at a wide range of frequencies from MHz to multi-GHz,” said Srenik Mehta, director of analog design engineering for Atheros. “We run extensive performance simulations that require full SPICE accuracy and can take days in traditional SPICE simulators. Analog FastSPICE is a great complement to our simulation environment and provides excellent performance improvement in long transient simulations with SPICE accuracy in a fraction of the time.”

Analog FastSPICE uses Berkeley Design Automation’s proprietary Precision Circuit Analysis(TM) technology to deliver full SPICE accuracy, 5X to 10X performance, and extremely robust DC convergence compared to traditional SPICE tools – all without block-level tuning. The tool uses the original device equations without any approximations, abstractions, or short cuts, so it delivers identical waveforms as SPICE at every node on every run. It is ideal for simulations that take hours, days, or weeks in traditional SPICE simulators. In addition to leading-edge cellular and WLAN wireless transceivers, Analog FastSPICE has been proven on a wide range of production circuits including high-speed IOs, wireline transceivers, power regulators, sigma-delta ADCs, memory interfaces, and multi-GHz PLLs and DLLs.

“We are extremely pleased that Atheros, a leader in the WLAN industry, has chosen Analog FastSPICE,” said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. “Meeting the stringent requirements of the leading-edge analog/RF design teams at Atheros is strong validation of our Precision Circuit Analysis technology and the value it can deliver in the design of complex semiconductors for wireless communications.”

About Berkeley Design Automation
Berkeley Design Automation Inc. is the recognized leader in advanced analog/RF verification. Its Precision Circuit Analysis technology combines the accuracy, performance, and robustness needed to verify GHz designs in nanometer-scale silicon. Berkeley Design Automation is the recipient of the 2006 Red Herring 100 North America Award, making it the first EDA company to earn such a distinction in 5 years. Founded in 2003, the company is funded by Woodside Fund, Bessemer Venture Partners, Matsushita Electric Industrial, and NTT Corporation.

Analog FastSPICE, RF FastSPICE, PLL Noise Analyzer, and Precision Circuit Analysis are trademarks and Berkeley Design is a registered trademark of Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. HSPICE is a registered trademark of Synopsys Inc. (NASDAQ:SNPS). Spectre is a registered trademark of Cadence Design Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CDNS).