Fresco Microchip Adopts Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSpice Platform for RF Silicon TV Tuners
February 14, 2012 -- Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. today announced that Fresco Microchip Inc., a developer of RF, mixed-signal, and digital signal processing ICs, has adopted the company's Analog FastSpice (AFS) Platform for block-level characterization and full-circuit verification of the company's Simply RF silicon TV tuners.
"Our Simply RF silicon TV tuners require extensive block characterization and full-circuit performance simulation," said Dr. Stephen Jantzi, Director of Analog/RF Design at Fresco Microchip. "In conjunction with Berkeley Design's excellent support, the AFS Platform provides the accuracy and performance capability we need for circuit verification of our industry-leading products. We have seen as much as 15X speed-up over traditional Spice on our mixed-signal circuits."
The Analog FastSpice Platform is claimed to be the fastest nanometer circuit verification platform for analog, RF, mixed-signal, and custom digital circuits. The AFS Platform delivers foundry-certified nanometer Spice accuracy 5X to 10X faster on a single core and an additional 2X to 4X performance with multi-threading. For circuit characterization, the AFS Platform includes 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, fast 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.
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