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Posted: July 27, 2010

AFS Delivers 5x-10x Faster Results with Nanometer SPICE Accuracy for Image Sensor ICs

(Nanowerk News) Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of the Analog FastSPICE™ unified circuit verification platform (AFS Platform), today announced that SiliconFile Technologies Inc., a leading fabless provider of CMOS image sensors, has selected the AFS Platform for complex-block verification of its image sensor ICs for mobile imaging applications.
"We spend a significant amount of effort on block-level verification of our CMOS image sensors," said Do Yeong Lee, Chief Technology Officer at SiliconFile. "After extensive evaluation, we selected the Analog FastSPICE Platform for complex-block verification of our image sensors because it delivered nanometer SPICE accurate results 5x-10x faster than traditional SPICE simulators."
The Analog FastSPICE Platform is the industry's only unified circuit verification platform for analog, mixed-signal, and RF design. It always delivers nanometer SPICE accurate results, while providing 5x-20x higher performance than traditional SPICE, >10 million-element capacity, and the industry's only comprehensive device noise analysis. The AFS Platform is a single executable that uses advanced algorithms and numerical analysis to rapidly solve the full-circuit matrix and original device equations without any shortcuts. It includes licenses for AFS Nano SPICE simulation, AFS circuit simulation, AFS Co-Simulation, AFS Transient Noise Analysis, and AFS RF Analysis.
"We are very pleased that SiliconFile Technologies, a leading developer of CMOS image sensor ICs for mobile, videoconferencing, and surveillance applications, has selected the Analog FastSPICE Platform," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. "SiliconFile's selection validates, once again, that Berkeley Design Automation is an essential partner to leading edge companies in the mobile imaging revolution."
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
Source: Berkeley Design Automation (press release)
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