Alps Electric Deploys Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE™ Platform

AFS Delivers True SPICE Accuracy 5x-10x Faster for Complex Mixed-Signal ICs

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 24, 2010 — Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of the Analog FastSPICE™ unified circuit verification platform (AFS Platform) today announced that Alps Electric Co. Ltd., a leading global manufacturer of electronic components for mobile devices, home electronics, automotive vehicles, and industrial equipment, has deployed the AFS Platform for complex-block characterization, device noise analysis, and mixed-signal verification of its complex mixed-signal ICs.

"At Alps Electric we have been using Analog FastSPICE for over a year for verification of our complex mixed-signal and sensor ICs and we consistently get 5x-10x faster results than traditional SPICE simulators with identical waveforms," said Keisho Miyazaki, Group Manager, IC Engineering Group, Alps Electric Co. Ltd. "We have now deployed the AFS Platform because it improves our designer efficiency and addresses our analog/RF verification needs, including complex- block characterization, device noise analysis, and mixed-signal verification -- all with true SPICE accuracy. In addition, the AFS Platform has demonstrated excellent performance with true SPICE accuracy on our sensor circuits and switched-capacitor circuits, which could not be run on other simulators."

The Analog FastSPICE Platform is the industry’s only unified circuit verification platform for analog, mixed-signal, and RF design. It always delivers true SPICE accurate results, while providing 5x-20x higher performance than traditional SPICE, >10 million-element capacity, and the industry’s only comprehensive device noise analysis. The AFS Platform is a single executable that uses advanced algorithms and numerical analysis to rapidly solve the full-circuit matrix and original device equations without any shortcuts. It includes licenses for AFS Nano SPICE simulation, AFS circuit simulation, AFS Co-Simulation, AFS Transient Noise Analysis, and AFS RF Analysis.

"We are very pleased to further expand our relationship with Alps Electric, a leading global supplier of precision mixed-signal and RF electronic devices and sensors," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. "Alps Electric’s decision to adopt the AFS Platform was based on their high return on investment with their initial adoption of the Analog FastSPICE simulator. We are proud to be recognized by Alps Electric as an essential partner as they strive for greater verification efficiency."

About Berkeley Design Automation

Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. (BDA) is the recognized leader in advanced analog, mixed-signal, and RF (AMS/RF) verification. The BDA Analog FastSPICE unified circuit verification platform (AFS Platform) combines the accuracy, performance, and capacity needed to verify GHz designs in nanometer-scale silicon. Over seventy companies, including 15 of the world's top 20 semiconductor companies, use the AFS Platform to efficiently verify AMS/RF circuits. Founded in 2003, the company has received several industry awards in recognition of its technology leadership and impact on the electronics industry. The company is privately held and backed by Woodside Fund, Bessemer Venture Partners, Panasonic Corporation, NTT Corporation, IT-Farm Corporation, and MUFJ Capital. For more information, 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. Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.


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