ICsense Adopts Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE™ Platform

Platform Delivers Nanometer SPICE Accuracy 2x-5x Faster than Parallel SPICE Simulator

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — November 1, 2011 — Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of the world’s fastest nanometer circuit verification, today announced that ICsense, a prominent European analog IC design house, has selected the company’s AFS Platform for full-circuit verification, block-level characterization, and device noise analysis of their high-performance analog, mixed-signal, and high-voltage designs.

“At ICsense we design customer-specific ICs for power management, sensor-MEMS-actuator interfaces, and high-voltage circuits across many different technologies and foundries,” said Dr. Yves Geerts, COO at ICsense. “We adopted the AFS Platform because it has all the required features, accuracy, performance, and reliability across wide variety of products and process technologies. AFS delivered results 2x-5x faster than our existing parallel simulator while maintaining nanometer SPICE accuracy on complex analog blocks including ADCs, DACs, and DC-DC converters.”

The Analog FastSPICE Platform is the world’s fastest nanometer circuit verification platform for analog, RF, mixed-signal, and custom digital circuits. The AFS Platform delivers foundry-certified nanometer SPICE accuracy 5x-10x faster than any other simulator on a single core and an additional 2x-4x performance with multithreading. 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 industry’s fastest near-SPICE-accurate simulation, and co-simulation with leading Verilog® simulators. Available licenses include AFS circuit simulation, AFS Transient Noise Analysis, AFS RF Analysis, AFS Co-Simulation, and AFS Nano SPICE.

“We are delighted that ICsense, one of Europe’s leading IC design houses, has adopted the AFS Platform,” said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. “Designing mixed-signal ASICs for medical, automotive, consumer, and industrial applications is a tremendous challenge. ICsense’s selection validates, once again, that Berkeley Design Automation is an essential partner to leading edge companies designing high-performance nanometer analog and mixed-signal circuits.”

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 http://www.berkeley-da.com.

About ICsense

ICsense is an ISO 9001:2008 certified analog IC design house, specializing in high-performance analog, mixed-signal and high-voltage IC design for medical, automotive, consumer and industrial markets. Its strengths are power and battery management, sensor, actuator and MEMS interfacing with data acquisition and high-voltage designs. ICsense was founded in 2004 as a spin-off from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and is privately held. http://www.icsense.com

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.



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