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Mentor integrates fast-SPICE with simulation platform

Posted: 14 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mentor Graphics? fast-SPICE? simulation? ADVance MS? ADMS?

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced the integration of the fast-SPICE simulation technology with its mixed-signal simulation platform, ADVance MS (ADMS). Mentor said the ADiT technology removes the performance bottleneck due to slower transistor-level simulation in mixed-signal verification.

The ADiT technology was originally developed by EverCAD Software Corp., a Taiwan-based EDA company, which was acquired by Mentor Graphics in January 2006. The technology offers transistor-level simulation capability with accuracy that is said to be comparable to traditional analog SPICE simulation, but with a capacity of up to millions of transistors, and 10x to 100x faster simulation throughput.

The ADMS tool is a single-kernel, language-neutral functional verification environment for digital, analog and mixed-signal circuits. This platform supports design languages, including VHDL, VHDL-AMS, Verilog, Verilog-AMS, SystemC, SystemVerilog, transistor-level Spice and C languages.

ADMS can support top-down design and bottom-up verification for both analog-centric and digital-centric mixed-signal design methodologies. It is built upon the simulation technologies: the Eldo tool for analog and ModelSim for digital. With the integration of the ADiT technology, said Mentor, the users of ADMS have the option to simulate the transistor-level portion of their mixed-signal circuits with the Eldo analog simulator or ADiT fast-SPICE simulator.

The ADiT fast-SPICE simulator is currently available worldwide. The integrated ADMS and ADiT solution will be available for beta testing by the end of the month, and will be in production in October 2006.




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