Future Waves Selects Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE(TM) for Full-Circuit RF-CMOS Tuner IC Verification

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—January 15, 2008— Berkeley Design Automation Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis(TM) technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits (ICs), today announced that Future Waves, a cutting-edge fabless manufacturer of RF and mixed-signal ICs for next generation digital communication and broadcast technologies, has selected the company's Analog FastSPICE(TM) circuit simulator for full-circuit performance simulation and complex-block characterization of its mobile digital broadcasting circuits.

"Verifying our high-performance RF tuner for mobile digital broadcasting requires transistor-level simulation at the full-circuit level with true SPICE accuracy," said Dr. Mark Dawkins, RF Systems Director at Future Waves. "Analog FastSPICE reduced characterization times for our complex-blocks such as frac-N PLLs and RF AGCs by 5x-10x with identical results to our traditional SPICE simulator. Analog FastSPICE also delivered full-circuit performance simulations of our entire digital RF tuner front-end with true SPICE accuracy, which was impossible with any other simulator in any reasonable timescale."

Berkeley Design Automation tools include Analog FastSPICE(TM) circuit simulation, RF FastSPICE(TM) periodic analyzer, and PLL Noise Analyzer(TM). The company guarantees identical waveforms to the leading "golden" SPICE simulators down to noise floor (typically 0.1% or less) while delivering 5x-10x higher performance and 5x-10x higher capacity. It achieves this by using advanced algorithms and numerical analysis techniques to rapidly solve the full-circuit matrix and the original device equations without any shortcuts that could compromise accuracy.

Design teams from top-10 semiconductor companies to leading startups use Berkeley Design Automation tools to solve big analog/RF verification problems. Typical applications include characterizing complex blocks (e.g., PLLs, ADCs, DC:DC converters, PHYs, Tx/Rx chains) and running performance simulation of full circuits (e.g., wireless transceivers, wireline transceivers, high-speed I/O macros, memories, microcontrollers, data converters, and power converters).

"We are delighted that Future Waves has chosen Analog FastSPICE for the verification of their RF-CMOS tuner solutions for mobile digital broadcasting," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. "Future Wave's selection of Analog FastSPICE is strong validation of our technology and the competitive advantage it provides to teams developing leading-edge semiconductor solutions for the consumer electronics market."

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 capacity needed to verify GHz designs in nanometer-scale silicon. Berkeley Design Automation has received numerous awards including EDN Magazine's 2006 Innovation of the Year, the 2006 Red Herring 100 North America, and the 2007 Red Herring Global 100 Finalist. Founded in 2003, the company is funded by Woodside Fund, Bessemer Venture Partners, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., and NTT Corporation. For more information, see www.berkeley-da.com

About Future Waves

Future Waves is a cutting-edge designer of RF and mixed-signal semiconductor components for next generation digital communication and broadcast technologies. With a main base of operations in Taiwan, Future Waves carries out RF/analogue design and R&D in the UK and holds offices in China and Korea to provide sales and customer support to our partners and customers in these regions. Future Waves targets RF CMOS digital tuners for portable applications and provides the most flexible RF solution in addition to industry leading performance regarding power consumption, cost effectiveness and ease of use. Additional information about Future Waves is available at www.f-waves.com.

Analog FastSPICE, RF FastSPICE, PLL Noise Analyzer, WaveCrave, and Precision Circuit Analysis are trademarks and Berkeley Design is a registered trademark of Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.


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