SiPort Selects Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE(TM) for Mobile Digital Multimedia Broadcast Receivers
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SiPort Selects Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE(TM) for Mobile Digital Multimedia Broadcast Receivers

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—December 11, 2007— Berkeley Design Automation Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis(TM) technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits (ICs), today announced that SiPort Inc., a fabless semiconductor company developing market leading silicon solutions to receive digital multimedia broadcast for the mobile market, has selected the company's Analog FastSPICE(TM) circuit simulator. Analog FastSPICE enables SiPort's designers to verify their digital multimedia broadcast receiver designs with true SPICE accuracy in a fraction of the time required by traditional SPICE tools.

"We have very challenging and demanding analog/RF verification requirements for our mobile receiver SoC designs," said Julian Tham, Vice President, RF and Mixed-Signal Design for SiPort. "We use Analog FastSPICE for our critical complex blocks and even our full transceivers. It delivers identical results 5X to 9X faster than traditional SPICE simulators on our larger circuits."

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 around 0.1%) 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 SiPort has chosen Analog FastSPICE for verifying their digital multimedia broadcast receivers for the mobile market," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. "Achieving highest reception performance at a reasonable cost for digital multimedia broadcast for the mobile market is very challenging. SiPort's selection of Analog FastSPICE is strong validation of our technology and the competitive advantage it provides to companies developing complex 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 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 Co. Ltd., and NTT Corporation. For more information, see

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. HSPICE is a registered trademark of Synopsys Inc. (NASDAQ:SNPS). Spectre is a registered trademark of Cadence Design Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CDNS). Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.


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