Skyworks Selects Berkeley Analog FastSPICE Circuit Simulator

Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis’ technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits (ICs), announced that Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:SWKS), an innovator of high performance analog and mixed signal semiconductors enabling mobile connectivity, has selected the company’s Analog FastSPICE(tm) circuit simulator for full-circuit functional simulation and complex-block characterization of its multi-mode multi-band analog and RF transceivers.

“Verifying our high performance analog/RF designs for mobile connectivity requires transistor-level simulation of very complex circuits with true SPICE accuracy,” said Kenneth Weller, Sr. Director of Design Automation for Skyworks. “Analog FastSPICE provides a 5-7x turnaround time advantage, and a 10x capacity advantage over traditional SPICE, with true SPICE accuracy.”

Berkeley Design Automation tools include Analog FastSPICE(tm) circuit simulation, RF FastSPICE(tm) 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% or less) 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 startups use Berkeley Design Automation tools to solve big analog/RF verification problems. Typical applications include characterizing complex 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).

“We are excited that Skyworks, a recognized leader in multi-mode 3G radio platforms, has selected Analog FastSPICE for their verification environment,” said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. “Full-circuit functional simulation and complex-block characterization are key requirements for verification of multi-mode, multi-band radios, and we are delighted that Analog FastSPICE provides Skyworks with the accuracy and performance required for the verification of these 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 capacity needed to verify GHz designs in nanometer-scale silicon. Berkeley Design Automation has received numerous awards including EDN Magazine’s 2006 Innovation of the Year, the 2006 Red Herring 100 North America, and the 2007 Red Herring Global 100 Finalist. 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.