It’s been about seven years since Randy Smith last interviewed Jason Xing, the President/CEO of North America for Empyrean Software, so the timing felt good for a fresh update. I’ve been watching Empyrean at DAC for several years now, and have come away impressed with their growth and focus on some difficult IC design… Read More
Tag: circuit simulation
Circuit Simulation Videos Show How To
One of the things that I miss most about attending trade shows like DAC in the old days was that you actually got to see EDA tools being demonstrated live in the exhibit area. You could see what the GUI looked like, how the dialogs worked, and learn what kind of control you could have during analysis. Most of what you see today at DAC in the… Read More
How 16nm and 14nm FinFETs Require New SPICE Simulators
About 35 years ago the first commercial SPICE circuit simulators emerged and they were quickly put to work helping circuit designers predict the timing and power of 6um NMOS designs. Then we had to limit our circuit simulations to just hundreds of transistors and interconnect elements to fit into the RAM and complete simulation… Read More
Replacing the British Museum Algorithm
In principle, one way to address variation is to do simulations at lots of PVT corners. In practice, most of this simulation is wasted since it adds no new information, and even so, important corners will get missed. This is what Sifuei Ku of Microsemi calls the British Museum Algorithm. You walk everywhere. And if you don’t walk to… Read More
Silvaco at the TSMC 2014 Open Innovation Platform
The success of our semiconductor eco-system depends on collaboration, so the annual TSMC OIP Event just held on September 30 at the San Jose Convention Center was a prime example of that. I didn’t attend this year, but I did follow up with Amit Nandaof Silvaco this week to hear about what they presented. As a consultant I’ve… Read More
Analog FastSPICE Update at DAC
Tuesday night over dinner at DAC I was able to chat with Ravi Subramanian, CEO of Berkeley DA, recently acquired by Mentor Graphics back on March 21st. This acquisition provided Mentor with an Analog FastSPICE circuit simulator to round out its collection of simulators.… Read More
What’s New with Circuit Simulation for Cadence?
Every year at DAC I enjoy making the rounds to see what’s new with SPICE circuit simulators, so on June 3rd I met with Xiuya Liand Dan Zhuof Cadence in San Francisco to get an update about their Spectre tool. There’s plenty of competition in the SPICE area from Mentor Graphics (Analog FastSPICE, Eldo, ADiT), Synopsys … Read More
Analog FastSPICE at DAC
Berkeley DA coined the phrase “Analog FastSPICE”, and I’ve been getting an update from them at DAC for several years now. In Austin I met with Paul Estradathe COO and Patrick Muyshondt.
Paul Estrada, COO (circa 2010)
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SPICE update from ProPlus at DAC
With EDA tool development in San Jose, Beijing and China, ProPlusis probably best known for their device modeling software called BSIMProPlus. At DAC I met with Lianfeng Yang, Ph.D. the VP of Marketing to hear about what’s new.
Lianfeng Yeng, ProPlus
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Circuit Simulation update from Cadence at DAC
I’m keenly interested in SPICE circuit simulators, so at DACI met with John Piercefrom Cadence to get an update on what’s new this year.
John Pierce, Cadence
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