Triad Selects Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE™ Platform for Verification of Configurable Mixed-Signal ASICs

Platform Delivers Nanometer SPICE Accuracy 10x Faster for Analog and Mixed-signal ICs

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 17, 2012 — Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of the world’s fastest nanometer circuit verification, today announced that Triad Semiconductor Inc., the industry’s leading supplier of configurable mixed-signal ASICs, has selected the company’s Analog FastSPICE (AFS) Platform for block-level characterization and full-circuit verification of their analog and mixed-signal designs.

“Triad develops complex analog and mixed-signal designs using via-configurable arrays that present unique circuit verification challenges,” said James C. Kemerling, CTO at Triad Semiconductor. “With AFS we can perform full-circuit verification of switched capacitor circuits such as delta-sigma modulators and filters which was not practical with our existing tools. AFS has shown as much as 10x performance improvement over traditional SPICE on PLLs and ADCs with nanometer SPICE accuracy.”

The Analog FastSPICE Platform is the world’s fastest nanometer circuit verification platform for analog, RF, mixed-signal, and custom digital circuits. The AFS Platform delivers foundry-certified nanometer SPICE accuracy 5x-10x faster than any other simulator on a single core and an additional 2x-4x performance with multithreading. For circuit characterization, the AFS Platform includes the industry’s only comprehensive silicon-accurate device noise analysis and delivers near-linear performance scaling with the number of cores. For large circuits, it delivers >10M-element capacity, the industry’s fastest near-SPICE-accurate simulation, and mixed- analog-digital co-simulation with leading Verilog® simulators. Available licenses include AFS circuit simulation, AFS Transient Noise Analysis, AFS RF Analysis, AFS Co-Simulation, and AFS Nano SPICE.

“We are excited that Triad Semiconductor selected the Analog FastSPICE Platform for verification of their configurable mixed-signal designs,” said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. “Triad's selection of the AFS Platform validates, once again, that Berkeley Design Automation is an essential partner to innovative mixed-signal semiconductor companies.”

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 has received numerous industry awards and is widely recognized for its technology leadership and contributions to the electronics industry. 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

About Triad Semiconductor

Triad Semiconductor, Inc., a privately held fabless semiconductor company with headquarters in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, develops and produces configurable mixed-signal ASICs. The company’s groundbreaking via-configurable array (VCA) technology delivers ASICs with silicon-proven analog and digital functions more quickly and at a lower cost than traditional full-custom approaches. Triad’s single-mask, Via-Only™ routing cuts engineering effort and fabrication time, resulting in fast-turn prototypes and allowing design changes to be made at minimal cost. For more information, please visit

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. Via-Configurable Array (VCA) is a trademark of Triad Semiconductor. Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.


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