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Start-up rolls spice-accurate analogue simulation

Posted: 04 Nov 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SPICE-accurate  simulation technology  multi-core computing 

Gemini Design Automation, a start-up company focused on the challenges of verifying complex analogue and mixed-signal designs, has unveiled a fast SPICE-accurate simulation technology specifically developed to leverage the throughput advantages of multi-core computing.

The company claims that its native multi-threaded technology has demonstrated run times and capacity of up to 30x that of earlier generation analogue simulators, and up to 10x improvements over first-generation multi-threaded approaches. The technology has been under development for three years and is being used in several production design environments, as well as benchmarked extensively against state of the art analogue simulators, including multi-threaded ones.

Gemini was founded in 2005 by a team with extensive experience in the EDA industry, notably at Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys, Inc. The core team—consisting of Dr. Baolin Yang and Dr. Xiaodong Zhang—have been involved with the development of several successful SPICE simulators and analogue design environments.

According to Dr. Yang, the product is the ideal solution for complex functions such as PLLs, ADCs and DAC's, charge pumps, programmable Tx/Rx chains, power distribution circuitry, and memory IP, particularly where there are a large number of extracted post-layout parasitics which require exhaustive verification prior to tape-out. It runs on standard X86 SMP multi-core platforms equipped with 64bit Linux operating systems. Initial production product availability is scheduled for fourth quarter 2008.

-Gabe Moretti
EDA Designline





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