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Posted: Mar 06, 2012

Fujitsu Laboratories of America Adopts Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE Platform for High-Speed CMOS Transceivers

(Nanowerk News) Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of the world's fastest nanometer circuit verification, today announced that Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., has selected the company's Analog FastSPICE™ (AFS) Platform for full-circuit post-layout verification, block-level characterization, and device noise analysis of their high-speed CMOS transceiver designs.
"At Fujitsu Laboratories of America we do research for designing high-speed CMOS transceivers. Circuit simulation is the most time-consuming task in our design cycle," said William Walker, Senior Research Fellow, Platform Technology Innovation Group, Fujitsu Laboratories of America. "The AFS Platform is a very good fit in our lab as it is the only SPICE-accurate simulator capable of verifying lock and performance on a post-layout PLL. With AFS we can run PLL characterization overnight with better accuracy than a traditional SPICE simulator running for over a week a huge productivity improvement. A recent 10GHz 4-phase PLL designed for a test chip in 65nm CMOS and verified with AFS operated entirely within spec."
The Analog FastSPICE Platform is the world's fastest nanometer circuit verification platform for analog, RF, mixed-signal, and custom digital circuits. The AFS Platform delivers foundry-certified nanometer SPICE accuracy 5x-10x faster than any other simulator on a single core and an additional 2x-4x performance with multithreading. For circuit characterization, the AFS Platform includes the industry's only comprehensive silicon-accurate device noise analysis and delivers near-linear performance scaling with the number of cores. For large circuits, it delivers >10M-element capacity, the industry's fastest near-SPICE-accurate simulation, and mixed- analog-digital co-simulation with leading Verilog® simulators. Available licenses include AFS circuit simulation, AFS Transient Noise Analysis, AFS RF Analysis, AFS Co-Simulation, and AFS Nano SPICE.
"We are delighted that the AFS Platform is delivering tremendous value to Fujitsu Laboratories of America," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. "The AFS Platform is the verification platform of choice that delivers the accuracy, performance, and capacity for today's demanding nanometer high-speed CMOS transceiver design teams."
About Berkeley Design Automation
Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. is the recognized leader in nanometer circuit verification. The company combines the world's fastest nanometer circuit verification platform, Analog FastSPICE, with exceptional application expertise to uniquely address nanometer circuit design challenges. More than 100 companies rely on Berkeley Design Automation to verify their nanometer-scale circuits. Berkeley Design Automation has received numerous industry awards and is widely recognized for its technology leadership and contributions to the electronics industry. The company is privately held and backed by Woodside Fund, Bessemer Venture Partners, Panasonic Corp., NTT Corp., IT-Farm, and MUFJ Capital. For more information, visit
Source: Berkeley Design Automation (press release)
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