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AltaSens opts Berkeley's software for HD sensors

Posted: 02 Dec 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CMOS image sensors  circuit verification platform 

AltaSens, Inc., a supplier of CMOS image sensors, has selected Berkeley Design Automation's AFS Platform for full-circuit post-layout verification, block-level characterisation, and device noise analysis of its high-definition (HD) and wide-dynamic-range CMOS image sensors.

Manjunath Bhat, vice president, engineering, AltaSens. "With the AFS Platform we can run post-layout verification of our high-performance wide-dynamic-range HD CMOS image sensors with nanometre SPICE accuracy. When running AFS single core we get performance on par with our existing parallel simulator running on 8 cores."

Berkeley claims its Analog FastSPICE Platform is the world's fastest nanometre circuit verification platform for analogue, RF, mixed-signal, and custom digital circuits. The AFS Platform delivers foundry-certified nanometre SPICE accuracy 5x-10x faster than any other simulator on a single core and an additional 2x-4x performance with multi-threading, as per the company.

"For circuit characterisation, the AFS Platform includes the industry's only comprehensive silicon-accurate device noise analysis and delivers near-linear performance scaling with the number of cores. For large circuits, it delivers >10M-element capacity, the industry's fastest near-SPICE-accurate simulation, and mixed- analogue-digital co-simulation with leading Verilog simulators. Available licenses include AFS circuit simulation, AFS Transient Noise Analysis, AFS RF Analysis, AFS Co-Simulation, and AFS Nano SPICE," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO, Berkeley Design Automation.

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