Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE(TM) Selected by Axiom Microdevices for Full-Circuit and Complex-Block Verification

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—December 4, 2007— Berkeley Design Automation Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis(TM) technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits (ICs), today announced that Axiom Microdevices Inc., provider of the world's first and only fully integrated CMOS power amplifiers for mobile handsets, has selected the company's Analog FastSPICE(TM) circuit simulator for full-circuit and complex-block verification of its complex RF ICs. Axiom Microdevices' patented technology offers the latest advances in RF integration, enabling customers to reduce design complexities and bill of materials, while optimizing performance and guaranteeing supply continuity.

"Analog FastSPICE produced identical results as our SPICE simulator 5x faster for our full-circuit power amplifier with all the packaging models," said David Kang, vice president of engineering for Axiom Microdevices. "We also used Analog FastSPICE on complex RF blocks where it delivered identical results 14.5x faster than SPICE and was the only tool to deliver silicon-accurate noise analysis."

Berkeley Design Automation tools include Analog FastSPICE(TM) circuit simulation, RF FastSPICE(TM) periodic analyzer, and PLL Noise Analyzer(TM). The company guarantees identical waveforms to the leading "golden" SPICE simulators down to noise floor (typically (tilde)0.1%) 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-edge 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 delighted that Axiom Microdevices has chosen Analog FastSPICE for their CMOS based power amplifier verification flow," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. "Full-circuit performance simulation with packaging effects, complex-block verification, and accurate noise analysis are key requirements for wireless nanometer designs and we are proud to enable Axiom Microdevices to add this capability to their flow."

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 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 Co. Ltd., and NTT Corporation. For more information, see

Analog FastSPICE, RF FastSPICE, PLL Noise Analyzer, WaveCrave, 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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