March 27, 2006 -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced that Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation (VIS), a leading specialty IC foundry service provider, has adopted Cadence Virtuoso Multi-mode Simulation for verifying complex mixed-signal designs. Virtuoso UltraSim Full-chip Simulator, an integral part of Virtuoso Multi-mode Simulation, enabled VIS to increase verification performance up to 10 times faster than its previous simulation solutions for its Ethernet PHY, PLL, and RFCMOS circuits.
Virtuoso Multi-mode Simulation combines four fast, silicon-accurate simulation engines into a comprehensive solution for analog, mixed-signal, RF, and full-chip design verification. The Virtuoso Spectre Circuit Simulator allows VIS to obtain fast, silicon-accurate results with current SPICE models and circuits. Combined with Virtuoso UltraSim, the complete Virtuoso Multi-mode Simulation solution provides VIS a unified design flow.
"Adopting the Virtuoso platform as our standard simulation solution addresses our need for efficiency and flexibility in verifying advanced mixed-signal designs," said George Liu, Vice President of Corporate Development at VIS. "With Cadence simulation technology, our development of both internal IP and process design kit for specialty processes was complemented by stronger support. This efficiency improvement meets our commitment to offering our foundry customers cost-effective and high value-added solutions for their IC foundry manufacturing needs."
"Advances in design methodologies and flows require a mixed approach to simulation," said Charlie Giorgetti, corporate vice president, Product Marketing, at Cadence. "Virtuoso Multi-mode Simulation delivers the SPICE, FastSPICE, RF, and analog/mixed-signal capabilities that make it one of the most comprehensive simulation solutions available for analog, mixed-signal, or RF design."
Virtuoso Multi-mode Simulation provides a unique combination of SPICE, FastSPICE, AMS and RF simulation in a flexible single multi-mode simulation licensing model that maximizes the value of a customer's investment. Virtuoso Multi-mode Simulation is a cornerstone of the Virtuoso custom design platform. All Virtuoso simulators - Virtuoso UltraSim Full-chip Simulator, Virtuoso AMS Designer Simulator, Virtuoso Spectre Circuit Simulator and Virtuoso Spectre RF Simulation Option - support common syntax and usage models, and share equations ensuring silicon-accurate results.