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Posted: Sep 14, 2010

Berkeley Design Automation and MunEDA Accelerate Nanometer IC Analysis and Optimization

(Nanowerk News) Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of the Analog FastSPICE™ unified circuit verification platform (AFS Platform), and MunEDA™, provider of the circuit analysis and sizing software WiCkeD™, today announced validation of the interoperability of their products to accelerate the analysis and optimization of analog, RF and mixed-signal circuits by 5x-50x.
The Analog FastSPICE Platform (AFS Platform) is the industry's only unified circuit verification platform for analog, mixed-signal, and RF design. It always delivers true SPICE accurate results, 5x-10x higher performance than traditional SPICE on a single core, >10 million-element capacity, and the industry's only comprehensive device noise analysis. For circuit characterization applications, the AFS Platform delivers up to 50x higher performance than traditional SPICE on a single multi-core computer. The AFS Platform includes licenses for AFS Nano SPICE simulation, AFS circuit simulation, AFS Co-Simulation, AFS Transient Noise Analysis, and AFS RF Analysis.
MunEDA WiCkeD is a tool suite for analysis, sizing and modeling of circuits. It covers a wide range of topics in interactive and automatic specification-driven circuit design, including design centering, circuit sizing for performance and yield, and statistical circuit analysis. Key benefits are reduced turnaround time of porting IP between process technologies, optimized circuit performance and a reduced risk of design failures. It is used by circuit designers for memory designs, full-custom digital designs, RF, libraries and A/MS designs.
"Fast and true SPICE accurate simulation is a key success factor for automated circuit design," said Michael Pronath, VP of products & solutions at MunEDA. "The combination of the AFS Platform and WiCkeD enables automatic compensation for process variations and parasitic influences, as well as the overall reduction of power consumption and noise in nanometer AMS/RF circuits that have little voltage headroom."
"The combination of the AFS Platform with MunEDA's circuit analysis and optimization tools brings great benefit to our mutual customers," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. "Analog/RF designers using the AFS Platform with MunEDA optimization tools will get nanometer SPICE accurate results with up to 50x faster turnaround time."
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
About MunEDA
MunEDA provides leading EDA technology for analysis and optimization of yield and performance of analog, mixed-signal and digital designs. MunEDA's products and solutions enable customers to reduce the design times of their circuits and to maximize robustness and yield. MunEDA's solutions are in industrial use by leading semiconductor companies in the areas of communication, computer, memories, automotive, and consumer electronics. WiCkeD is a comprehensive and powerful software tool suite for manual, semi- and full automatic analysis and yield optimization of analog, mixed signal and digital circuits. MunEDA has offices in Munich, Germany (Headquarter) and Sunnyvale, California, USA (MunEDA Inc.). MunEDA is represented by leading EDA distribution companies worldwide in USA, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Scandinavia, and others. For more information, visit
Source: Berkeley Design Automation (press release)
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