Sunplus Technology Selects Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE(TM) for Verification of Home Entertainment System ICs

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—June 24, 2008— Berkeley Design Automation Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits (ICs), today announced that Sunplus Technology Co. Ltd., one of the world's leading providers of silicon systems for consumer electronics, has selected the company's Analog FastSPICE circuit simulator for complex-block characterization and full-circuit performance simulation of its analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits.

"We selected Analog FastSPICE because it delivered compelling speed and accuracy advantage in the verification of complex analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits," said Mark Chen, Manager of the Project Design Department at Sunplus Technology. "We evaluated Analog FastSPICE versus traditional SPICE tools, including recently announced accelerated SPICE technologies. Only Analog FastSPICE was able to complete the characterization of all our ADCs, PLLs, I/O, and other complex analog and mixed-signal circuits, delivering results 5x-13x faster with true SPICE accuracy."

Berkeley Design Automation tools include Analog FastSPICE circuit simulation, Noise Analysis Option device noise analyzer, RF FastSPICE periodic analyzer, and PLL Noise Analyzer. 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 excited that Sunplus Technology, one of the world's leading developers of consumer electronics ICs, has selected Analog FastSPICE for the verification of their complex analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. "Sunplus' selection of Analog FastSPICE further validates the strong and compelling competitive advantage our Precision Circuit Analysis technology provides over today's "turbo" and "accelerated" SPICE technologies. We are proud to help this market leader dramatically accelerate their analog/mixed-signal circuit verification."

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 http://www.berkeley-da.com.

Analog FastSPICE, Noise Analysis Option, 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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