Alps Electric Selects Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE™ and Noise Analysis Option™

Tools Deliver 5x-10x Performance Advantage, Silicon Accuracy, and Cost-Efficiency Required for Automotive, Communications, Audio, and PC Markets


SANTA CLARA, CA, -January 21, 2008- Berkeley Design Automation Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis™ technology for advanced analog, mixed-signal, and RF integrated circuits (ICs), today announced that Alps Electric Co. Ltd., a leading global manufacturer of electronics devices and sensors for automobiles, PCs, cellular phones, audio, and home appliances, has selected the company's Analog FastSPICE™ circuit simulator and Noise Analysis Option™ for characterization and performance simulation of its advanced electronic devices.

"At Alps Electric we make careful decisions to upgrade our design flow with next-generation tools that extend our competitive advantage, compress our design cycle, and help us continue to deliver high quality designs to our customers," said Mr. Keisho Miyazaki, Group Manager, Alps Electric Co. Ltd. "Our products require true SPICE accuracy and accurate transistor-level noise analysis prior to fabrication. Analog FastSPICE easily delivered identical waveforms to our traditional SPICE simulator 5x-10x faster. The Noise Analysis Option enables us to accurately analyze the noise specifications of our circuits including the impact of device noise with excellent silicon correlation."

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 complex-block characterization (e.g., PLLs, ADCs, DC:DC converters, PHYs, Tx/Rx chains) and full-circuit performance simulation (e.g., wireless transceivers, wireline transceivers, high-speed I/O macros, memories, microcontrollers, data converters, and power converters).

"We are delighted that Alps Electric, a leading global supplier of precision electronic devices and sensors, has selected Berkeley Design Automation," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. "Alps Electric's selection of both Analog FastSPICE and Noise Analysis Option further reinforces the unique, strong, and compelling advantage our technology provides over today's other SPICE solutions. We are proud to help Alps Electric extend their competitive advantage and continue to deliver innovative high-quality 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 http://www.berkeley-da.com.

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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