SiPort Adopts Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE™ Platform

Platform Delivers Nanometer SPICE Accuracy 5x-10x Faster for Mobile Broadcast Receivers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — December 7, 2010 — Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., the nanometer circuit verification leader, today announced that SiPort Inc., a fabless semiconductor company developing single-chip nm CMOS audio/data broadcast receivers, has selected the company’s AFS Platform for block-level characterization, top-level verification, and device noise analysis.

"At SiPort we have been using Analog FastSPICE for the last three years for full-circuit verification of our mixed-signal RF wireless receiver chips," said Aiman Kabakibo, executive VP and founder at SiPort. "We have now deployed the complete Analog FastSPICE Platform because it significantly increases the efficiency of our design teams while delivering nanometer SPICE accuracy and silicon-accurate device noise analysis for our single-chip nm CMOS audio/data broadcast receivers."

The Analog FastSPICE Platform is the industry’s only unified verification platform for nanometer analog, RF, mixed-signal, and custom digital circuits. The AFS Platform combines foundry-certified nm SPICE accuracy, 5x-10x faster single-core performance than any other SPICE circuit simulator, >10M-element capacity, and the industry’s only comprehensive silicon-accurate device noise analysis. The AFS Platform is a single executable that uses advanced algorithms and numerical analysis to rapidly solve the original device equations and full-circuit matrix without any approximations. It includes licenses for AFS Nano SPICE simulation, AFS circuit simulation, AFS Transient Noise Analysis, AFS RF Analysis, and AFS Co-Simulation.

"We are delighted with the SiPort deployment of the Analog FastSPICE Platform across their wireless receiver verification flow," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. "Delivering high-performance, low power, nm CMOS audio/data broadcast receivers for mobile devices is a tremendous challenge. SiPort's adoption of the AFS Platform reinforces the fact that today’s leading wireless platform suppliers select Berkeley Design Automation as an essential partner in the design of their analog and RF semiconductor products."

About Berkeley Design Automation

Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. is the recognized leader in nanometer circuit verification. The company combines the industry’s only unified verification platform, Analog FastSPICE, with exceptional application expertise to uniquely address nm circuit design challenges. Nearly 100 companies, including most of the world’s top 20 semiconductor suppliers, rely on Berkeley Design Automation to efficiently verify their nm-scale circuits. Founded in 2003, the company has received several industry awards in recognition of its technology leadership and impact on the electronics industry. Berkeley Design Automation is privately held and backed by Woodside Fund, Bessemer Venture Partners, Panasonic Corp., NTT Corp., IT-Farm, and MUFJ Capital. For more information, visit

About SiPort

SiPort’s Audio/Data Broadcast Receivers are high-performance, low power, highly-integrated single-chip CMOS solutions enabling free-to-air and subscription broadcast Audio and Data services in MP3 Players, mobile handsets, Personal Navigation Devices (PND), automotive and home radios. With support for both analog and digital broadcast standards, SiPort’s solution allows mobile and portable device manufacturers to provide consumers with on-the-go access to exciting new audio content with HD digital radio as well as the same live, familiar programming that they receive on their radios at home and in the car. SiPort single chip solution provides the low power, form factor, and cost needed to enable delivery of live navigation data services on PNDs. 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.


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