Berkeley Design Unveils 64-bit Analog FastSPICE Circuit Simulator

Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis(TM) technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits (ICs), announced the availability of a 64-bit version of its Analog FastSPICE circuit simulator which delivers true SPICE accuracy on > 1M transistor circuits – an industry first. Combined with the tool’s vastly superior DC convergence and 5x-10x performance advantage, the 64-bit implementation gives Analog FastSPICE 5x-10x higher effective capacity than any other true SPICE accurate simulator. Berkeley Design Automation customers have proven this capability by performing full-circuit DC operating point analysis, package analysis, and performance simulations on some of the world’s most highly-integrated analog/RF circuits, including 802.11 transceivers, WCDMA transceivers, microcontrollers, data converters, multi-channel power converters, and memories.

“We recently designed a wideband analog front-end IP for wireless applications and we needed a tool to verify that our complete design met spec prior to tapeout. The full-circuit included 10 simultaneously operating 12-bit ADC’s and DAC’s,” said Mike Kappes, President of IQ-Analog. “The 64-bit version of Analog FastSPICE was able to run performance simulations of our complete wireless analog front-end – including all ten ADCs/DACs, as well as packaging effects – with full SPICE accuracy. We were able to fully validate the design to specification prior to tapeout while other simulators failed to even converge.”

Berkeley Design Automation tools include Analog FastSPICE circuit simulation, RF FastSPICE periodic analyzer, and PLL Noise Analyzer(TM). The company guarantees identical waveforms to the leading “golden” SPICE simulators down to noise floor (typically ~0.1%) while delivering 5x-10x higher performance and 5x-10x higher capacity. It achieves this by using advanced algorithms and numerical analysis techniques to rapidly solve the full-circuit matrix and the original device equations without any shortcuts that could compromise accuracy.

Design teams from top-10 semiconductor companies to leading-edge start-ups use Berkeley Design Automation tools to solve big analog/RF verification problems. Typical applications include characterizing complex analog/RF blocks (e.g., PLLs, ADCs, DC:DC converters, PHYs, Tx/Rx chains) and running performance simulation of full circuits (e.g., wireless transceivers, wireline transceivers, high-speed I/O macros, memories, microcontrollers, data converters, and power converters).

“With 64-bit Analog FastSPICE, design teams are able to run performance simulation of full circuits in designs greater than 1M transistors, which allows them to see effects prior to tapeout that they would otherwise see only in silicon,” said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. “We are proud that we are able to deliver to our customers this breakthrough in how they can verify their leading-edge analog/RF ICs. By providing capabilities that other vendors cannot deliver, we continue to build a strong customer-backed track record for providing a significant competitive advantage to leading-edge analog/RF IC design teams worldwide.”

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 capacity 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 Co. Ltd., and NTT Corporation.

Analog FastSPICE, RF FastSPICE, PLL Noise Analyzer, WaveCrave, 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).