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Posted: Apr 26, 2011

Platform Delivers Nanometer SPICE Accuracy 5x-10x Faster for RF Front-End Devices

(Nanowerk News) Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., the nanometer circuit verification leader, today announced that IO Semiconductor Inc., a fabless semiconductor company developing high-performance front-end chips for multi-band, multi-mode cellular applications, has selected the company's AFS Platform for RF verification and characterization.
"At IOsemi we have tremendous verification and characterization challenges for our ZEROcapô CMOS technology designs," said Stuart Molin, CTO at IOsemi. "We have standardized on the Analog FastSPICE Platform because it provides nanometer SPICE accuracy 5x to 10x faster than traditional SPICE, exceeding our requirements for verification and characterization of our high-performance CMOS RF front-end devices."
The Analog FastSPICE Platform is the industry's only unified verification platform for nanometer analog, RF, mixed-signal, and custom digital circuits. The AFS Platform combines foundry-certified nm SPICE accuracy, 5x-10x faster single-core performance than any other SPICE circuit simulator, >10M-element capacity, and the industry's only comprehensive silicon-accurate device noise analysis. The AFS Platform is a single executable that uses advanced algorithms and numerical analysis to rapidly solve the original device equations and full-circuit matrix without any approximations. It includes licenses for AFS Nano SPICE simulation, AFS circuit simulation, AFS Transient Noise Analysis, AFS RF Analysis, and AFS Co-Simulation.
"We are delighted with the IOsemi selection of the Analog FastSPICE Platform for their verification and characterization flow," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. "Achieving best-in-class cellular front-end performance in an RF-CMOS platform is a tremendous challenge. IOsemi's adoption of the AFS Platform reinforces the fact that today's leading fabless semiconductor companies select Berkeley Design Automation for nanometer circuit verification."
About Berkeley Design Automation
Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. is the recognized leader in nanometer circuit verification. The company combines the industry's only unified verification platform, Analog FastSPICE, with exceptional application expertise to uniquely address nm circuit design challenges. Nearly 100 companies, including most of the world's top 20 semiconductor suppliers, rely on Berkeley Design Automation to efficiently verify their nm-scale circuits. Founded in 2003, the company has received several industry awards in recognition of its technology leadership and impact on the electronics industry. Berkeley Design Automation is privately held and backed by Woodside Fund, Bessemer Venture Partners, Panasonic Corp., NTT Corp., IT-Farm, and MUFJ Capital. For more information, visit
About IO Semiconductor Incorporated
Incorporated in 2008, IOsemi's mission is to become the leading supplier of high performance semiconductor chips targeted at multi-band, multi-mode cellular RF front-ends by utilizing IOsemi's ZEROcapô CMOS Technology to supply devices that exhibit previously unachievable pricing and performance. For more information, visit
Analog FastSPICE, AFS Nano, and WaveCrave are trademarks 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.
Source: Berkeley Design Automation (press release)
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