Paul Estrada, COO

What’s New in 2010?

Multi-core Parallel (MCP) – any simulation that iterates on a netlist (sweep, MC, corners), each are assigned to a different core.

-          8 core machine should get linear speed ups

-          Replace 25-50 HSPICE or Spectre with Berkley MCP option (-m 8 for 8 cores)

-          Have had multi-threading as a base feature, to run on 4 cores you need 2 license, 8 cores need 3 licenses

-          License is $50K per license

-          AFS Nano is a lite version for $1900

Q: How to simulate 576 corners on a charge pump design?

A: Run design on an 8 core CPU very fast.

Q: How does Berkeley work with Solido?

A: The Soldo flow can reduce the number of Monte Carlo runs required to achieve a confidence level of X sigma, that you define. Solido will use the Multi-core Parallel capabilities.

TSMC 28nm certified on HSPICE and Spectre models, also part of the AMS 1.0 reference flow.

Transient noise analysis is available with the MCP feature, used by designers of: PLL, ADC, DAC.

Qualcom wrote a white paper with Berkeley DA on their ADC design showing how close silicon measurements compared to TNA results from Berkeley.

HSPICE, Spectre, APS, FineSIM claim transient noise analysis however they do limited spectrum TNA. They don’t include all of the noise sources. BDA has periodic noise and transient noise analysis together (run any: Oscillator, PLL, ADC, DAC). Only run periodic noise on periodic designs.

Customers – Qualcomm, Broadcom, Atheros, Motorola, TI

Europe – ST, NXP

Japan – Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba, Fujitsu, NEC (Renesas)

Korea – Samsung, LG

MCP – Also works with the RF simulation product (AFS RF)

Success in one year – more big SOC designs at 45nm and 28nm and below.

Models – BSIM4 is the dominant model, PSP is popular in Europe. TMI from TSMC was requested but little customer demand so far.

Cadence APS – 4 to 8 cores needed to match BDA on one core, less capacity, no TNA.

Over 80 customers now, up from 60 customers last year. Growing and hiring. New VP of Engineering to be announced. Best DAC paper award in 2009 for BDA. No papers this year.