Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE Nano Named EDN Hot 100 Electronic Product
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Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE Nano Named EDN Hot 100 Electronic Product

Year of Awards Capped with $1,900 AFS Nano SPICE Simulator Recognition

SANTA CLARA, CA, — January 6, 2010— Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of the Analog FastSPICE unified circuit verification platform, today announced that EDN Magazine selected the company’s Analog FastSPICE Nano (AFS Nano) SPICE simulator to its 2009 list of Hot 100 Electronic Products. Introduced in early 2009, AFS Nano delivers foundry certified true SPICE accuracy 5x to 10x faster than traditional SPICE simulators for block-level circuits—at a groundbreaking price of only $1,900 per 1-year time-based license. This Award caps a year in which the company was honored with the 46th Design Automation Conference Best Paper Award and being named to the AlwaysOn Global 250 and Silicon India 100.

Prior to AFS Nano, integrated circuit designers have had to use traditional SPICE simulators which are 5x to 10x slower on complex blocks and typically 5x to 10x more expensive. With AFS Nano they can run DC, AC, .noise, transient, alters, sweeps, and Monte Carlo analyses for only $1,900. As part of the Analog FastSPICE unified verification platform, AFS Nano supports industry standard netlists, industry standard models (including a wide range of device models, Verilog-A, and S-parameters), and full integration into the industry’s leading analog design environment. The majority of Berkeley Design Automation customers – including 10 of the top 20 semiconductor companies in the world – now use AFS Nano to speed block-level design iterations and block-level characterization. Winning the EDN Hot 100 Award further validates the AFS Nano outstanding price/performance.

"To choose the 2009 lineup of the EDN Hot 100, EDN's editors examined thousands of new products across 16 product categories," said Rick Nelson, EDN editor-in-chief. "The AFS Nano SPICE simulator was one of the outstanding product introductions in our EDA category."

In 2009, Berkeley Design Automation authors won the Best Paper Award out of 148 technical papers presented at the 46th Design Automation Conference. The paper describes a groundbreaking simulation approach for RF circuits. The company was also named an AlwaysOn Global 250 Winner, an award given to the world’s top 250 private, emerging technology companies creating new business opportunities in high-growth markets, and was named a Silicon India 100 Winner by Silicon India Magazine.

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, while providing 5x-20x higher performance than traditional SPICE, >10 million-element capacity, and the industry’s only comprehensive device noise analysis. The AFS Platform is a single executable that uses advanced algorithms and numerical analysis to rapidly solve the full-circuit matrix and original device equations without taking any shortcuts. The AFS Platform includes licenses for AFS Nano SPICE simulation, AFS circuit simulation, AFS Co-Simulation, AFS Transient Noise Analysis, and AFS RF Analysis.

"We are honored to get the industry recognition we received in 2009,” said Ravi Subramanian, CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. “These awards validate Berkeley Design Automation as the technology leader, and the Analog FastSPICE Platform as the next-generation platform for complex analog, mixed-signal, and RF design. Adopted now by over 70 customers worldwide, including fast-growing deployments at 15 of the world’s top 20 semiconductor companies, the Analog FastSPICE Platform has become an essential part of companies’ efforts to retool for nanometer mixed-signal integrated circuits. ”


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 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 

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