IOsemi Selects Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE™ AMS For Mixed-Signal Verification of ZEROcap™ CMOS RF Front-End Devices

AFS AMS Delivers Mixed-Signal Verification 7x Faster with Nanometer SPICE Accuracy

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — November 12, 2013 — Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of the world’s fastest nanometer circuit verification, today announced that IO Semiconductor Inc. (IOsemi), a fabless semiconductor company developing high-performance RF front-end devices for multi-band, multi-mode cellular applications, has selected the company’s Analog FastSPICE™ AMS (AFS AMS) for RF front-end mixed-signal design verification.

“We require full-circuit mixed-signal simulation of our cellular front-end devices as part of our pre-tapeout verification flow,” said Stuart Molin, CTO at IOsemi. "With AFS AMS we are able to run nanometer-accurate mixed-signal verification of our CMOS RF front-end devices up to 7x faster than our existing mixed-signal simulator. In addition, AFS AMS is very easy to setup and use –enabling a big increase in our designers’ productivity.”

The Analog FastSPICE Platform provides the world’s fastest circuit verification for nanometer analog, RF, mixed-signal, memory, and custom digital circuits. Foundry certified to 20nm, the AFS Platform delivers nanometer SPICE accuracy 5x-10x faster than traditional SPICE and 2x-6x faster than parallel SPICE simulators. For large circuits the AFS Platform delivers >10M-element capacity and the fastest mixed-signal simulation. For memory and other array-based circuits, AFS Mega™ delivers silicon-accurate simulation with >100M element capacity. For silicon-accurate characterization it includes the industry’s only comprehensive full-spectrum device noise analysis and a high-productivity Analog Characterization Environment (ACE™)—both of which deliver 5x-10x speedup over alternative approaches. Available licenses for the AFS Platform include AFS Circuit Simulator, AFS Mega, AFS Nano, AFS Transient Noise Analysis, AFS RF Analyses, AFS Co-Simulation, AFS AMS, and ACE.

“We are excited that IOsemi selected AFS AMS for their mixed-signal verification flow for advanced digitally-controlled RF front-end circuits," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. "Achieving best-in-class cellular front-end performance in an RF-CMOS platform is a tremendous challenge. IOsemi’s selection of AFS AMS reinforces the tremendous value the AFS Platform offers in the design and verification of advanced RF-CMOS architectures for mobile phones.”

About Berkeley Design Automation

Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. is the recognized leader in nanometer circuit verification. The company combines the world’s fastest nanometer circuit verification platform, Analog FastSPICE, with exceptional application expertise to uniquely address nanometer circuit design challenges. More than 100 companies rely on Berkeley Design Automation to verify their nanometer-scale circuits. Berkeley Design Automation was recognized as one of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America by revenue in 2011 and again in 2012 by Deloitte. The company is privately held and backed by Woodside Fund, Bessemer Venture Partners, Panasonic Corp., NTT Corp., IT-Farm, and MUFJ Capital. For more information, visit

Analog FastSPICE, AFS Mega, AFS Nano, Wavecrave, and ACE 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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