SOURCE: Simucad Design Automation

Simucad Design Automation

February 17, 2010 09:00 ET

Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation Adopts Simucad's SmartSpice Analog Circuit Simulator

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - February 17, 2010) - Simucad Design Automation (Simucad), a leading provider of analog, mixed-signal and RF Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools, today announced that Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation (AKM), a leading global manufacturer of CMOS Analog and Mixed Signal LSI circuits, has adopted Simucad SmartSpice as a main simulator to meet the analog simulation needs for its own product development.

The SmartSpice circuit simulator is the world leader in functional capability, simulation speed, convergence, and accuracy. These features are demanded by advanced analog / mixed-signal and RF design houses such as AKM. The advanced modular architecture of SmartSpice supported by a library of solvers, powerful multithreading technology, and Verilog-A delivers these capabilities.

"After an extensive evaluation period, SmartSpice was found to achieve the speed and cost performance as we expected, and outperformed our current simulation solutions," Toshikazu Suzuki, Head of Design Technology of AKM said. "We expect that adopting SmartSpice as a main simulator enables us to design circuits cheaper, better, and faster so that we can improve the product competitiveness on the market."

"SmartSpice is a good fit for an aggressive analog / mixed-signal / RF company looking for powerful simulation solutions," said Dr. Ivan Pesic, President and CEO of Simucad. "Years of research have made SmartSpice the world leader in this field. Companies are increasingly standardizing on SmartSpice as a single simulator replacing the myriad of traditional and lookup-table based simulators currently in use. Our innovative and cost-effective licensing enables customers to achieve this goal."

About Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation

Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation ("AKM", is a leading provider of mixed signal LSIs for consumer, automotive, and communications applications. Since its establishment in 1983, AKM has provided unique LSIs to customers in the world taking advantage of its design technology and original process technology of analog mixed signal LSI circuits. Headquartered in Tokyo, AKM has established its design, development, and manufacturing facilities in Japan, as well as subsidiary companies in U.S., France, UK, China, Korea and Taiwan. Through this global network, AKM will promote further strengthening of the product development capability and customer support.

About Simucad Design Automation

Simucad is a leading provider of simulation and CAD software tools used for developing analog, mixed-signal, and RF integrated circuits. Founded in 2004 as a spin-off from Silvaco International, the company delivers products for circuit simulation, custom IC layout and verification, interconnect modeling, digital simulation, and IP characterization. The company provides a complete PDK-based design flow with interfaces to third-party design platforms.

Simucad has a worldwide presence inherited from Silvaco's twenty years of business and is preparing for an IPO.

About Silvaco Japan

Silvaco Japan ( was first established as a Japanese branch of Silvaco Data Systems in 1989 and incorporated as a Japanese corporation in 1995. The Silvaco Japan corporate mission is to be the leading provider of TCAD and EDA software products in the Japan market. TCAD products are developed by Silvaco Data Systems (, and EDA products are developed by Simucad Design Automation ( To achieve and maintain its leadership objective, Silvaco Japan is focused on building and growing a strong sales, product support and R&D work force. Silvaco Japan is headquartered in Yokohama, and maintains an additional office in Kyoto.

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