Berkeley Design Automation Announces Analog FastSPICE™ AMS

  Berkeley Design Automation Announces Analog FastSPICE™ AMS

The Industry’s Simplest, Fastest, and Most-Accurate Mixed-Signal Verification

Business Wire

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- November 13, 2012

Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of the world’s fastest nanometer
circuit verification, today announced the availability of Analog FastSPICE™
AMS (AFS AMS) which delivers the industry’s simplest, fastest, most-accurate
verification of today’s complex nanometer-scale mixed-signal circuits. AFS AMS
combines the award winning, foundry certified Analog FastSPICE circuit
simulator with any leading Verilog^® hardware description language (HDL)
simulator to provide full Verilog-AMS language support.

The semiconductor industry has an unmet and rapidly growing requirement for
fast nanometer SPICE accurate mixed-signal verification that is practical for
everyday use. Traditional co-simulation approaches have accuracy, performance,
capacity, and functionality limitations that make them impractical to verify
mixed-signal designs that combine massive digital logic and high-performance
analog circuitry. The leading AMS simulator translates all analog circuitry to
a Verilog-AMS representation that analog designers did not create and do not
recognize. The result is a difficult-to-debug verification flow.

Analog FastSPICE AMS delivers fast mixed-signal verification with nanometer
SPICE accuracy that is straightforward to set-up and easy to run. Design teams
using AFS AMS are productive in hours rather than weeks. The tool’s powerful
configuration support enables arbitrarily nesting of Verilog-AMS, Verilog-D,
Verilog-A, and leading SPICE netlist formats—all of which it runs without
translation. AFS AMS combines the world’s fastest, most accurate circuit
simulator—Analog FastSPICE—with any leading signoff Verilog HDL simulator to
run the digital logic. The result is superior accuracy, performance, and
capacity that are practical for everyday use.

“At Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited, we design very complex nanometer
mixed-signal SoCs that include processor cores, logic, and high-performance
mixed-signal circuitry. We are standardizing on AFS AMS for mixed-signal
verification of our complex nanometer-scale ICs,” said Masaru Ito, Director
Mixed-Signal and Analog Design Methodology Development Department, Technology
Development Division, Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited. “AFS AMS is easy to setup
for our analog and digital designers, making it practical to use everyday. It
delivers the standard Analog FastSPICE nanometer SPICE accuracy and is more
than 10x faster than our previous AMS simulator. With AFS AMS we can verify
our complex mixed-signal designs much more thoroughly and accurately.”

AFS AMS is ideal for design teams that have been using limited co-simulation
flows, difficult AMS flows, or avoiding mixed-signal simulation altogether
because of its complexity. Analog designers are able to continue working
within their normal environment—either the industry-leading analog design
environment or the command line. They simply specify their desired
configuration and use their original netlist. Likewise digital designers
simply specify their desired configuration and work with their original source
in their normal environment with their standard testbench, digital simulator,
models, debugging tools, etc.

“Many of our over 100 customers require improvements to their mixed-signal
verification flow,” said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley
Design Automation. “With AFS AMS, we are proud to deliver another key
capability to the AFS Platform that enables our customers to access the
industry’s fastest nanometer SPICE-accurate mixed-signal verification
capability in a simple and compelling use-model that will enable them to
deliver superior products to market significantly faster.”

The Analog FastSPICE Platform provides the world’s fastest circuit
verification for nanometer analog, RF, mixed-signal, and custom digital
circuits. Foundry certified to 20nm, the AFS Platform delivers nanometer SPICE
accuracy 5x-10x faster on a single core and >2x faster on multicore systems
versus any other simulator. For circuit characterization, the AFS Platform
includes the industry’s only comprehensive silicon-accurate device noise
analysis and delivers near-linear performance scaling with the number of
cores. For large circuits, it delivers >10M-element capacity, the fastest
near-SPICE-accurate simulation, and the fastest, most accurate mixed-signal
simulation. Available licenses include AFS circuit simulation, AFS Transient
Noise Analysis, AFS RF Analysis, AFS AMS, and AFS Nano SPICE.

About Berkeley Design Automation

Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. is the recognized leader in nanometer circuit
verification. The company combines the world’s fastest nanometer circuit
verification platform, Analog FastSPICE, with exceptional application
expertise to uniquely address nanometer circuit design challenges. More than
100 companies rely on Berkeley Design Automation to verify their
nanometer-scale circuits. Berkeley Design Automation has received numerous
industry awards and is widely recognized for its technology leadership and
contributions to the electronics industry. The company is privately held and
backed by Woodside Fund, Bessemer Venture Partners, Panasonic Corp., NTT
Corp., IT-Farm, and MUFJ Capital. For more information, visit

Analog FastSPICE, AFS Nano, and WaveCrave are trademarks of Berkeley Design
Automation, Inc. Berkeley Design and BDA are registered trademarks of Berkeley
Design Automation, Inc. Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the
property of their respective owners.


Cayenne Communication LLC
PR for Berkeley Design Automation
Michelle Clancy, 252-940-0981
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