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TMCNet:  Mindspeed Adopts Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE™ Platform for 100 Gigabit Ethernet

[April 08, 2013]

Mindspeed Adopts Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE™ Platform for 100 Gigabit Ethernet

SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of the world's fastest nanometer circuit verification, today announced that Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSPD), a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for network infrastructure applications, has selected the company's Analog FastSPICE (AFS) Platform for block-level characterization, device noise analysis, and full-circuit verification of the company's wireless infrastructure, communications processors and high-performance analog devices.

"The circuits we design for wireless SoCs, communications processors, and high-performance analog products have stringent verification requirements to ensure we meet specifications," said Hasnain Bajwa, senior vice president and general manager, high-performance analog, at Mindspeed. "We selected the AFS Platform because it delivers nanometer SPICE accurate results 5x-10x faster than traditional SPICE simulators and provides full-spectrum device noise analyses. AFS completed a locking simulation for a 28GHz PLL 6x faster than parallel SPICE running the same number of cores on the same machine."

The Analog FastSPICE Platform provides the world's fastest circuit verification for nanometer analog, RF, mixed-signal, and custom digital circuits. Foundry certified to 20nm, the AFS Platform delivers nanometer SPICE accuracy 5x-10x faster on a single core and 2x-4x faster on multicore systems versus any other simulator. For circuit characterization, 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 fastest near-SPICE-accurate simulation, and the fastest, most accurate mixed-signal simulation. Available licenses include AFS circuit simulation, AFS Transient Noise Analysis, AFS RF Analysis, AFS Co-Simulation, AFS AMS, and AFS Nano SPICE.

"We are delighted that Mindspeed has adopted the AFS Platform for verification of their wireless infrastructure, communications processors, and high-performance analog devices," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation. "High-performance nanometer mixed-signal circuits are critical to enabling network infrastructure semiconductor solutions. Mindspeed's selection further validates that Berkeley Design Automation is an essential partner to leading edge companies designing the next-generation of networking semiconductors."

About Berkeley Design Automation

Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. is the recognized leader in nanometer circuit verification. The company combines the world's fastest nanometer circuit verification platform, Analog FastSPICE, with exceptional application expertise to uniquely address nanometer circuit design challenges. More than 100 companies rely on Berkeley Design Automation to verify their nanometer-scale circuits. Berkeley Design Automation was recognized as one of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America by revenue in 2011 and again in 2012 by Deloitte. The company is privately held and backed by Woodside Fund, Bessemer Venture Partners, Panasonic Corp., NTT (News - Alert) Corp., IT-Farm, and MUFJ Capital. For more information, visit http://www.berkeley-da.com.

About Mindspeed Technologies (News - Alert)

Mindspeed Technologies (NASDAQ: MSPD) is a leading provider of network infrastructure semiconductor solutions to the communications industry. The company's low-power system-on-chip (SoC) products are helping to drive video, voice and data applications in worldwide fiber-optic networks and enable advanced processing for 3G and long-term evolution (LTE (News - Alert)) mobile networks. The company's high-performance analog products are used in a variety of optical, enterprise, industrial and video transport systems. Mindspeed's products are sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) around the globe. To learn more, please visit http://www.mindspeed.com/. Company news and updates at www.twitter.com/mindspeed.

Analog FastSPICE, AFS Nano, and WaveCrave are trademarks of Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. Berkeley Design and BDA are registered trademarks of Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.


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