Berkeley Design Automation Appoints Craig Wentzel VP Worldwide Sales

Veteran EDA and Electronics Industry Executive to Lead Growing Sales Organization

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 17, 2010 — Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of the Analog FastSPICE unified circuit verification platform (AFS Platform), today announced that Craig Wentzel has joined the company as vice president of worldwide sales. A recognized EDA and electronics industry sales executive, Wentzel will lead the company’s worldwide sales organization as the company extends its leadership in nanometer circuit verification.

“Craig has a proven track record of leading teams that rapidly grow sales while developing exceptional value-based customer relationships,” said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO at Berkeley Design Automation. “Craig brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to BDA, and he will play a pivotal role in continuing our rapid growth and increasing the proliferation of our nanometer circuit verification technology worldwide.”

Craig Wentzel is a 28-year veteran of the EDA and Test and Measurement industries. He has held a range of executive positions throughout his career, including VP of sales for the Americas at IBM, VP of sales for Magma Design Automation, senior VP of business operations for Get2Chip, and VP of sales and business development for Cadence Design Systems. Wentzel is a founder of Applied Cell Processing Technology. Inc. He began his career at Tektronix Inc., where he held several management, sales engineering, and business development positions. Wentzel has been an instrumental part of two successful IPOs and many acquisitions. He holds a BS in Electrical & Electronics Engineering and Technology from The College of New Jersey, and a MS in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University. Wentzel is currently an adjunct professor of engineering at The College of New Jersey, and an active member of the IEEE.

“Nanometer mixed-signal ICs are a key growth driver for semiconductor companies worldwide, and their verification presents a significant challenge,” said Wentzel. “With its Analog FastSPICE Platform deployed at customers worldwide for nanometer circuit verification and deep technical expertise, Berkeley Design Automation is well positioned for explosive growth, and I’m delighted to help drive that growth.”

About Berkeley Design Automation

Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. (BDA) is the recognized leader in advanced analog, mixed-signal, and RF (AMS/RF) verification. The BDA Analog FastSPICE unified circuit verification platform (AFS Platform) combines the accuracy, performance, and capacity needed to verify GHz designs in nanometer-scale silicon. Over seventy companies, including 15 of the world's top 20 semiconductor companies, use the AFS Platform to efficiently verify AMS/RF circuits. Founded in 2003, the company has received several industry awards in recognition of its technology leadership and impact on the electronics industry. The company is privately held and backed by Woodside Fund, Bessemer Venture Partners, Panasonic Corporation, NTT Corporation, IT-Farm Corporation, and MUFJ Capital. For more information, visit

Analog FastSPICE is a trademark 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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