Berkeley Design Automation's Analog FastSPICE and RF FastSPICE Win EDN Magazine's 2006 Innovation Award

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 4, 2007— Berkeley Design Automation Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis(TM) technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits, today announced that its Analog FastSPICE and RF FastSPICE tools have won the 17th annual EDN "Innovation of the Year" Award. They are the first analog and RF EDA tools to be honored with this exclusive award in five years. The award is based on the tools' full-SPICE accuracy, 5X to 10X performance versus SPICE, and vastly superior DC and periodic-steady-state (PSS) convergence.

Enabling Critical Verification Tasks

Today's analog and RF design teams can no longer perform many critical verification tasks with traditional SPICE or digital fastSPICE tools due to insufficient accuracy, performance, and capacity. Examples include: top-level DC connectivity checks, top-level performance simulations, verification with realistic package inductance and transmission line effects, extensive corner case and Monte Carlo analysis, post-layout simulation of critical sub-circuits such as PLLs and Sigma-Delta ADCs, and periodic analysis of multi-block RF circuits. Analog FastSPICE and RF FastSPICE enable design teams to perform such tasks, thereby substantially reducing design time, design risk, and overdesign.

"We are proud to be chosen as a winner of the EDN Innovation Award," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. "Being selected for this award by the design community further validates the value Analog FastSPICE and RF FastSPICE are bringing to analog and RF design teams worldwide."

About The EDN Innovation Awards

Award winners were selected among the finalists by EDN's worldwide audience of electronics engineers and engineering managers. EDN's editorial staff and Editorial Advisory Board also take part in determining the final winners. Instituted in 1990, the Innovation Awards honor the people, products and technologies that have shaped the semiconductor industry over the past year. Nominees for the Innovator of the Year category must have demonstrated innovation that resulted in a significant advance in technology and/or product development during the past 12 months.

About Berkeley Design Automation

Berkeley Design Automation Inc. is the recognized leader in advanced analog/RF verification. Its Precision Circuit Analysis technology combines the accuracy, performance, and robustness needed to verify GHz designs in nanometer-scale silicon. Berkeley Design Automation is the recipient of EDN Magazine's 2006 Innovation Award and the 2006 Red Herring 100 North America Award, making it the first analog and RF EDA company to be honored with either exclusive award in five years. Founded in 2003, the company is funded by Woodside Fund, Bessemer Venture Partners, Matsushita Electric Industrial, and NTT Corporation. For more information, see www.berkeley-da.com

Analog FastSPICE, RF FastSPICE, PLL Noise Analyzer, and Precision Circuit Analysis are trademarks and Berkeley Design is a registered trademark of Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. HSPICE is a registered trademark of Synopsys Inc. (NASDAQ:SNPS). Spectre is a registered trademark of Cadence Design Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CDNS).

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