SAN FRANCISCO Magma Design Automation Inc. Monday (Sept. 18) announced the availability of FineSim Spice, a circuit simulator claimed to speed time to results for simulation and analysis while maintaining the accuracy of leading Spice simulators.
Magma (Santa Clara, Calif.), FineSim Spice can be parallelized over multiple processors for linear speedup and higher capacity. The tool allows designers to simulate advanced circuits, such as PLLs, ADCs, DACs and gigahertz serdes, that they previously would not attempt with slower simulators, the company said.
During the Design Automation Conference in June, Magma entered the analog/mixed-signal simulation market with the
roll out of FineSim Pro, the first product to result from its Nov. 2005 acquisition of ACAD Corp. The company said at that time that FineSim Pro runs three to five times faster than other Spice simulators due to algorithmic improvements.
"While FineSim Pro is an innovative full-chip, transistor-level circuit simulator with three modes, FineSim Spice targets designs that have traditionally proven to be impractical for Spice-level simulation by dramatically shortening time to results while maintaining the highest level of accuracy," said Suk Lee, general manager of Magma's custom design business unit.
Magma said FineSim Spice integrates with the company's SiliconSmart library characterization to increase throughput and with Blast Rail NX power analysis software to provide enhanced dynamic power design simulation and analysis for leading-edge systems on chips (SOCs).
Pricing information was not disclosed.