SigmaTel Selects Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE(TM) to Shorten Time-to-Market for Multimedia ICs

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 22, 2007— Berkeley Design Automation Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis(TM) technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits (ICs), today announced that SigmaTel, a leader in mixed-signal multimedia semiconductors for the consumer electronics market, has chosen the company's Analog FastSPICE(TM) circuit simulator for its analog intensive verification needs. Analog FastSPICE enables SigmaTel to verify their analog intensive designs in a fraction of the time required by traditional SPICE tools.

"Our mixed-signal ICs for multimedia applications push the limits of traditional circuit simulators," said Danny Mulligan, senior vice president of technology and strategy for SigmaTel. "Berkeley Design Automation's Analog FastSPICE reduced our CPU intensive simulation runtimes by 5X to 10X compared to even multi-core SPICE simulators while delivering identical results. This type of accuracy and performance enables us to get our leading-edge ICs to market faster."

Analog FastSPICE uses Berkeley Design Automation's proprietary Precision Circuit Analysis technology to deliver full SPICE accuracy, 5X to 10X faster, and with vastly superior DC convergence compared to traditional SPICE tools. By solving the original device equations without any approximations, abstractions, or short cuts, Analog FastSPICE delivers identical waveforms as traditional SPICE simulators at every node on every run. The product is proven on a wide range of circuits including high-speed I/Os, power regulators, LCD-TV source drivers, memory interfaces, and PLLs (phase-locked loops) and DLLs (delay-locked loops).

"We are delighted that SigmaTel has chosen Analog FastSPICE for their design verification flow," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. "We are proud to help SigmaTel accelerate the delivery of analog intensive ICs that deliver a true multimedia experience for consumers."

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 robustness needed to verify GHz designs in nanometer-scale silicon. Berkeley Design Automation is the recipient of EDN Magazine's 2006 Innovation Award and the 2006 Red Herring 100 North America Award, making it the first analog and RF EDA company to be honored with either exclusive award in five years. Founded in 2003, the company is funded by Woodside Fund, Bessemer Venture Partners, Matsushita Electric Industrial, and NTT Corporation. For more information, see

Analog FastSPICE, RF FastSPICE, PLL Noise Analyzer, and Precision Circuit Analysis are trademarks and Berkeley Design is a registered trademark of Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. HSPICE is a registered trademark of Synopsys Inc. (NASDAQ:SNPS). Spectre is a registered trademark of Cadence Design Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CDNS). Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.


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