Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE RF

Berkeley Design Automation introduced Analog FastSPICE RF (AFS RF), which is the first true SPICE accurate device noise analysis for RF circuits. AFS RF accurately analyzes nanometer-scale device noise impact for all types of pre-layout and post-layout circuits, ensuring early insight into its impact on performance, power, and area. For complex circuits, Analog FastSPICE RF is 5 to 10 times faster than traditional RF tools that can only approximate device noise effects. It is available immediately.

Analog FastSPICE RF Features

  • Device Noise Analysis Advisor (DNA Advisor) to characterize DNA requirements
  • High-capacity periodic steady state (PSS) for >100K-element post-layout circuits
  • Full-spectrum periodic noise analysis (pnoise) that provides true SPICE accuracy
  • Full-spectrum total oscillator device noise analysis with phase and amplitude noise
  • Harmonic balance (HB) for fast single-tone analysis of moderately nonlinear circuits

Prior to AFS RF, designers have had to use limited-spectrum RF tools that can only approximate device noise impact on RF circuits. Such approximations are increasingly inaccurate with decreasing process geometries, often becoming grossly inaccurate in nanometer-scale circuits. Particularly sensitive are circuits with sharp transitions (e.g., switched-capacitor filters, charge pumps, and dividers), high-frequency circuits (e.g., RF front-end blocks), and oscillators. Without accurate analysis, designers have to include expensive design margin or risk missing specifications in silicon.

The Analog FastSPICE Platform (AFS 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. The AFS Platform includes licenses for AFS Nano SPICE simulation, AFS circuit simulation, AFS Co-Simulation, AFS Transient Noise Analysis, and AFS RF Analysis.

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