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July 30, 2009

Berkeley's FastSPICE Selected by NEC Electronics

By Anamika Singh, TMCnet Contributor

Berkley Design Automation Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis technology for advanced analog, mixed-signal, and RF integrated circuits, announced that NEC (News - Alert) Electronics Corporation, a semiconductor company, has selected the company's Analog FastSPICE circuit simulator for complex-block characterization and full-circuit performance simulation of its leading-edge analog, RF, and mixed-signal integrated circuits and IP cores.

NEC Electronics required fast time to market for the design and characterization of complex analog, RF, and mixed-signal circuits for semiconductor products in the high-end computing, broadband networking, mobile handset, PC peripherals, automotive and consumer markets.
Analog FastSPICE delivered five to ten times faster characterization with identical waveforms compared to traditional SPICE for NEC Electronics analog and mixed-signal cores including PLLs, SERDES, DDR I/O, ADCs, consumer, and wireless transceivers. This combination being faster and accurate, NEC Electronics found it suitable to deploy to their design teams.
Berkeley Design Automation tools include Analog FastSPICE circuit simulation, Noise Analysis Option device noise analyzer, RF FastSPICE periodic analyzer, and PLL Noise Analyzer. The company provides identical waveforms to the golden SPICE simulators down to noise floor while delivering five to ten times higher performance and higher capacity. There are algorithms and numerical analysis techniques to rapidly solve the full-circuit matrix and the original device equations.
Berkeley Design Automation tools solve big analog/RF verification problems for all types of semiconductor companies. The applications include complex-block characterization such as PLLs, ADCs, DC:DC converters, PHYs, Tx/Rx chains and full-circuit performance simulation such as wireless transceivers, wireline transceivers, high-speed I/O macros, memories, microcontrollers, data converters, and power converters.
"We are excited that NEC Electronics, a world leader in semiconductors, has selected Analog FastSPICE," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. "NEC Electronics' success with Analog FastSPICE across a wide variety of circuit types is another example of how our technology is now becoming essential for nanometer analog and RF design.
“Analog FastSPICE is being successfully used in production by virtually all the leading consumer electronics semiconductor companies throughout the world- a clear testament to the compelling value Berkeley Design Automation delivers in the market today," Subramanian said.

Anamika Singh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anamika's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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