Toshiba Selects Berkeley Analog FastSPICE Circuit Simulator

Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis(TM) technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits, announced that Toshiba Corporation, the world’s largest supplier of semiconductors for consumer electronics, has adopted the company’s Analog FastSPICE(TM) circuit simulator. With Analog FastSPICE, Toshiba’s design teams can now complete analog circuit verification tasks that were previously impractical or impossible. They have also reduced multi-day and multi-hour simulation runtimes by at least 10x against multi-core simulators while maintaining full SPICE accuracy.

“Berkeley Design Automation offers a breakthrough verification technology that is critical for Toshiba’s consumer electronics business,” said Tamotsu Hiwatashi, senior manager of planning department, System LSI Design Department, System LSI Division 1 of Toshiba. “Our verification requirements exceeded the capabilities of traditional SPICE and digital fastSPICE simulators. Analog FastSPICE delivers accuracy that is as good or better than traditional SPICE at higher performance than digital fastSPICE simulators on analog and RF circuits. This enables us to perform verification tasks that were previously impossible.”

Analog FastSPICE uses Berkeley Design Automation’s proprietary Precision Circuit Analysis technology to deliver full SPICE accuracy, 5X to 10X faster and with 5X to 10X higher effective capacity than traditional SPICE tools. By solving the original device equations without any approximations, abstractions, or short cuts, Analog FastSPICE delivers identical waveforms as traditional SPICE simulators at every node on every run. The product is already proven on a wide range of circuits including wireless and wireline transceivers, high-speed I/Os, power regulators, LCD-TV source drivers, memory interfaces, PLLs (phase-locked loops), DLLs (delay-locked loops), sigma-delta ADC (analog-to-digital converters), and memories.

“We are delighted that Toshiba, the world’s largest supplier of semiconductors for consumer electronics, has selected Berkeley Design Automation,” said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. “The results Toshiba obtained from the extensive evaluation of Analog FastSPICE span a wide breadth of circuits across consumer electronics and speak for themselves. Toshiba’s selection of Analog FastSPICE is strong validation of our Precision Circuit Analysis technology and the tremendous value it can deliver to the leading companies developing consumer electronics ICs.”

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 EDN Magazine’s 2006 Innovation Award and the 2006 Red Herring 100 North America Award, making it the first analog and RF EDA company to be honored with either exclusive award in five 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).