By Will Soutter
Cochlear, a company specializing in hearing implant solutions has chosen the Analog FastSPICE (AFS) platform from Berkeley Design Automation for full circuit verification and block level characterization of their analog and mixed signal integrated circuits employed in their implantable hearing devices.
Jan Janssen, Senior Vice President of Design and Development at Cochlear stated that the implantable hearing solutions that Cochlear develops need to be subject to rigorous circuit verification that necessitates nanometer SPICE accuracy. Jan Janssen attributed Berkeley AFS Platform’s ability to provide 5x to 10x faster nanometer SPICE accuracy in comparison to conventional SPICE as the reason for selecting it for characterizing Cochlear’s analog blocks of high accuracy and high gain.
The AFS Platform is capable of delivering up to 5x-10x faster SPICE accurate simulation on a single core and 2x-4x increased performance upon multithreading. Equipped with 20 nm foundry certification, the AFS platform facilitates SPICE accurate simulation of RF, analog, digital and mixed signal nanometer circuits. The Platform offers circuit characterization solutions through silicon-accurate analysis of device noise. The performance scales near-linearly with increase in number of cores. Modules that be licensed under the AFS Platform include AFS Transient Noise Analysis, AFS Nano SPICE, AFS circuit simulation, AFS Co-Simulation and AFS RF Analysis. Ravi Subramanian, President and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation expressed delight at Cochlear’s selection of the AFS Platform and stated that the selection is an acknowledgement of Berkeley Design Automation being the preferred partner for companies involved in the design of mixed signal applications.