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Berkeley Design Automation and Tanner EDA Accelerate

Full Design and Verification A/MS Flow to be Demonstrated at DAC 2011

MONROVIA and SANTA CLARA, California – June 3, 2011–Tanner EDA, the catalyst for innovation for the design, layout, and verification of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) and Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., the nanometer circuit verification leader, are collaborating to integrate Tanner EDA’s HiPer Silicon™ design suite with the Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE™ Platform.

Analog, mixed-signal, and RF designers have increasing requirements for circuit simulation performance and capacity with nanometer SPICE accuracy. The seamless integration of the Analog FastSPICE Platform into the HiPer Silicon full-flow design suite delivers nanometer SPICE accuracy 5x-10x faster than traditional single-core traditional SPICE simulators. With this integration, Tanner EDA users can verify the most challenging analog/RF circuits and with the most advanced nanometer CMOS technologies. Tanner EDA will be demonstrating the integrated flow at the 48th Design Automation Conference (DAC) in the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, from June 6-8, 2011.

The Berkeley Design Automation 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.

The HiPer Silicon full-flow design suite from Tanner EDA gives designers a complete analog design flow from schematic capture, circuit simulation, and waveform probing to physical layout and verification. HiPer Silicon v15 , release in April 2010, included:

  • A complete redesign of the waveform editor product (W-Edit), which provides designers with a signal analysis platform rather than simple layout views.
  • The addition of a new database for storage and management of simulation data.
  • HiPerDevGen, the newest addition to Tanner’s tool portfolio that offers breakthrough device and structure generation for layout productivity.

"The combination of the AFS Platform with Tanner's HiPer Silicon design suite brings great benefit to our mutual customers," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. "Analog/RF designers using Tanner's Design tools with the AFS Platform will be able to verify very complex analog/RF circuits with nanometer SPICE accurate results."

“Tanner EDA is dedicated to providing our analog, custom, and mixed-signal design customers with the best possible price for performance, and excellent interoperability,” said Mass Sivilotti, Chief Scientist for Tanner EDA. “Integration with Berkeley’s analog FastSPICE platform continues to give our customers the widest possible choice of leading-edge technology. More advanced integration, which we will be discussing at DAC, is planned.”

Tanner EDA will be demonstrating in Booth # 2231 at DAC 2011.

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.


About Tanner EDA

Tanner EDA provides a complete line of software solutions that drive innovation for the design, layout and verification of analog and mixed-signal (A/MS) integrated circuits (ICs) and MEMS. Customers are creating breakthrough applications in areas such as power management, displays and imaging, automotive, consumer electronics, life sciences, and RF devices. A low learning curve, high interoperability, and a powerful user interface improve design team productivity and enable a low total cost of ownership (TCO). Capability and performance are matched by low support requirements and high support capability as well as an ecosystem of partners that bring advanced capabilities to A/MS designs.

Founded in 1988, Tanner EDA solutions deliver just the right mixture of features, functionality and usability. The company has shipped over 33,000 licenses of its software to more than 5,000 customers in 67 countries.


HiPer Verify and HiPer Silicon are trademarks of Tanner Research, Inc. 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.

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