Asahi Kasei EMD Selects Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE™ for Precision Mixed-Signal Simulation

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—November 18, 2008— Berkeley Design Automation Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis™ technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits (ICs), today announced that Asahi Kasei EMD, a leading global supplier of mixed-signal and RF integrated circuits for wireless, consumer electronics, and automotive applications, has selected the company's Analog FastSPICE™ circuit simulator for full-circuit functional simulation and complex-block characterization of its mixed-signal and RF integrated circuits. Asahi Kasei EMD is the core operating company for all electronics materials and devices of the Asahi Kasei Group, and has been one of Berkeley Design Automation’s earliest customers in Japan.

“AKE has earned a worldwide reputation for outstanding analog-digital mixed-signal/RF technology, and our products feature high performance, high precision, high integration, and low power consumption,” said Toshikazu Suzuki, Head Design Technology at Asahi Kasei EMD. “Analog FastSPICE meets a critical need for our mixed-signal/RF IC designers - super fast performance combined with true SPICE accuracy - which was impossible with any other simulator. We reduced simulation time for our complex sigma-delta ADCs, integer and fractional PLLs, and transceivers by 5x-10x with true SPICE accuracy. We have been able to easily integrate this into our proprietary design flow, thereby dramatically reducing verification times for our engineers developing complex mixed-signal circuits for wireless, consumer, and networking applications.”

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 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 Asahi Kasei EMD, a leading supplier of complex mixed-signal and RF integrated circuits, has selected Analog FastSPICE as a key component of their verification environment,” said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. “Asahi Kasei EMD designs some of the most complex, high-performance, low-power mixed-signal and RF integrated circuits in the world. We are happy that Analog FastSPICE provides AKE with the accuracy and performance required for the verification of these complex circuits. We are delighted to see their continued confidence and growing investment in our technology and products.”

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. For more information, see

Analog FastSPICE, Noise Analysis Option, RF FastSPICE, PLL Noise Analyzer, WaveCrave, and Precision Circuit Analysis are trademarks and Berkeley Design is a registered trademark of Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.


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