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Berkeley Design Automation speeds up simulation

Berkeley Design Automation Inc., provider of the Analog FastSpice (AFS) unified circuit verification platform, has announced its 2009_05 major release.

With this release the AFS platform delivers foundry-certified true Spice accuracy 5x-20x faster than traditional Spice for every type of analysis on circuits with up to 10 million elements, according to the company.

Berkely claims the result is proven 2x higher efficiency versus tradition circuit simulators.

Within a single executable, the AFS Platform enables analog, mixed-signal, and RF design teams to verify what would otherwise require numerous simulators.

The new AFS Platform release includes matrix solvers that deliver efficient convergence and fast transient analysis for pre-layout and post-layout circuits with up to 10M elements.

New AFS Multi-Core capability provides up to an additional 2x or higher performance than single-threaded Analog FastSpice when run on up to 4 cores.

Enhanced Monte Carlo analysis supports all commonly used features, including Latin Hypercube Sampling, in the industry's leading netlist styles.

WaveCrave waveform processor enhancements provide improved performance, advanced RF calculator functions, 64-bit capacity, and enhanced output file support.

New “master” licenses enable unlimited use of the company's true Spice accurate Noise Analysis Option and AFS Co-Simulation option.

“When running the AFS Platform with co-simulation on our full-circuit we are seeing up to 100x speed-up over traditional Spice with identical results,” said Kim Beumer, Director IC Design at Microtune, Inc.

“We have been using Analog FastSpice for over two years for verification of our fully integrated CMOS power amplifiers for mobile handsets and we typically get 5x-10x faster results than traditional Spice simulators with identical waveforms,” said David Kang, Vice President of Engineering for Axiom Microdevices, in a statement.

“AMS/RF design teams need to work as efficiently as possible to do more with their scarce resources—and this is true now more than ever before,” said Ravi Subramanian, President and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation.

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