Berkeley Design Automation Announces BDA Token Licensing Model

Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis[tm] technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits (ICs), announced the availability of its BDA Token licensing model which provides more than 2x superior price/performance compared to all other true-SPICE-accurate and near-SPICE-accurate circuit simulators – including new “turbo” and “accelerated” SPICE simulators. Several semiconductor companies have already broadly adopted the BDA Token licensing model and are realizing 30% to 40% design cycle reduction.

BDA Token licenses enable capacity on the award-winning Analog FastSPICE[tm] circuit simulator, the award-winning RF FastSPICE[tm] periodic analyzer, and the new Noise Analysis Option[tm] device noise analyzer. At approximately 2x the price of “golden” SPICE simulators, BDA Tokens deliver 5x-10x higher performance with guaranteed identical waveforms down to the SPICE noise floor. So called “turbo” and “accelerated” SPICE simulators have similar or higher pricing than BDA Tokens, yet typically deliver less than half the performance and may compromise accuracy to do so.

“Our state-of-the-art mobile digital TV applications have extreme verification needs,” said Edward Youssoufian, Director of RF Engineering and Founder, Newport Media, Inc. “BDA Tokens give us the ability to flexibly use Berkeley Design Automation’s true SPICE accuracy, 5x-10x performance, and 5x-10x higher capacity throughout our design cycle and across different types of analysis for complex blocks and full circuits. It is helping us get our leading-edge circuits to market significantly faster and with higher confidence than would otherwise be possible.”

“We entered the market by solving big analog and RF verification problems that were impractical or impossible to solve,” said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. “Our customers wanted a licensing model that would enable them to fully take advantage of our superior accuracy, 5x-10x performance advantage, and unique functionality throughout their design cycles, while flexibly deploying this functionality across projects. BDA Tokens are the answer.”

Design teams from over 50 companies around the world – 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).

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.