Santa Clara - Berkeley Design Automation Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits (ICs), today announced that Toumaz Technology Limited, a developer of advanced analog, RF, and mixed-signal semiconductors for healthcare and biomedical applications, has selected the companyâs Analog FastSPICEâ¢ circuit simulator for complex-block and full-circuit verification of its Sensiumâ¢ intelligent sensor interface and transceiver platform.
âAccurate and thorough design verification of our complex analog/RF blocks is a fundamental priority in the healthcare market where Toumaz operates,â said Keith Errey, co-founder and chief operating officer of Toumaz Technology. âIn just 4 days Analog FastSPICE delivered true SPICE accurate results that would have taken our traditional SPICE simulator 26 days to complete. As a result, we were able to verify a fix to a subtle but critical sigma-delta ADC problem that we may have missed with our normal analog simulator.â
âWe design complex transmit and receive chains that require comprehensive verification and push the limits of our simulators,â said Alan Wong, wireless IC design leader for Toumaz Technology. âAnalog FastSPICE successfully verified our full RF transmit chain, and our RF receive chain â which converts down to baseband. None of these full-circuit transmit/receive chain simulations are practical with our current analog simulator. On average we are seeing about a 7X speedup with Analog FastSPICE with no loss of accuracy.â
Berkeley Design Automation tools include Analog FastSPICEâ¢ circuit simulation, RF FastSPICEâ¢ periodic analyzer, and PLL Noise Analyzerâ¢. The company guarantees identical waveforms to the leading âgoldenâ SPICE simulators down to noise floor (typically ~0.1%) 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).
âWe are very excited to be associated with Toumaz, a pioneering company developing ultra-low power silicon systems for the fast-growing market of healthcare and body monitoring devices,â said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. âEffective pre-tapeout verification of complex analog/RF blocks in their innovative Sensium sensor transceiver platform is a key enabler of high-quality products reaching the market on time and within specifications. We are proud to help Toumaz accelerate and improve the effectiveness of their design verification flow.â
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 is the recipient of EDN Magazineâs 2006 Innovation Award and the 2006 Red Herring 100 North America Award, making it the first analog and RF EDA company to be honored with either exclusive award in five years. 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.
About Toumaz Technology
Toumaz Technology Limited is the leading provider of ultra-low power wireless infrastructure for body monitoring solutions. Toumazâs ultra low-power smart sensor interface and transceiver platform â the Sensiumâ¢ â enables non-intrusive, real-time wireless monitoring of multiple vital signs for a wide range of healthcare and lifestyle management applications. Based on Toumazâs patented ultra-low power Advanced Mixed Signal (AMx)â¢ technology, the Sensium provides the enabling technology to connect the mobile individual to healthcare providers â simply, affordably and unobtrusively. For healthcare professionals, this transforms the possibilities for pro-active monitoring and improved quality of care. For patients, it delivers new opportunities for lifestyle-compatible, personalized healthcare, as well as better therapeutic outcomes. For more information, see www.toumaz.com)
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