Aeroflex Realizes 60x Performance Improvement Using Synopsys CustomSim Solution

Increases Transistor-level Verification Coverage on High-reliability Mixed-signal ICs

Mountain View CA, (PresseBox) - Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, today announced that Aeroflex Colorado Springs, Inc., a global provider of hightechnology solutions to the aerospace, defense and broadband communications markets, has successfully deployed Synopsys' CustomSim(tm) unified circuit simulation solution for the development and verification of its highreliability integrated circuits (ICs). The CustomSim solution delivers performance improvements of up to 60x over SPICE, increasing designer productivity and confidence by enabling more corners to be run for transistorlevel verification of large blocks. In addition, taking advantage of the Discovery(tm) Verification Platform by using the CustomSim solution with Synopsys' VCS® functional verification solution enables fullchip, mixedsignal simulations that were not possible with previousgeneration simulators, allowing Aeroflex to reduce design cycle times.

"Our customers require highreliability products and solutions that need to operate for many years in harsh and often remote environments. Verifying that our designs will meet specifications over a broad range of conditions and remain within budgeted power is essential for missioncritical products," said John Pfeil, senior mixedsignal design engineer for the Aeroflex Standard Products Group. "CustomSim is the only solution we've found that delivers the capability and performance to enable us to run hundreds of corners on large blocks before tapeout, and reduce product development cycle times by running mixedsignal simulations at the fullchip level."

Synopsys offers a comprehensive suite of circuit simulation solutions. The HSPICE® simulator is widely recognized as the "gold standard" for accurate circuit simulation and offers foundrycertified MOS device models with stateoftheart simulation and analysis algorithms. The CustomSim solution unifies the bestinclass simulation technologies of NanoSim®, HSIM® and XA with added multithreading capabilities for highcapacity, highperformance circuit simulation. For fullchip mixedsignal verification, the CustomSim solution is tightly coupled to VCS through a Direct Kernel Integration and is integrated into a unified analog/mixedsignal (AMS) verification environment, which simplifies usability through a common set of inputs, outputs and device models.

"Using CustomSim to verify its highreliability ICs is testimony to the confidence Aeroflex has in Synopsys' circuit simulation solution," said Farhad Hayat, senior director of product marketing, Analog/Mixed-Signal Group at Synopsys. "CustomSim delivers highperformance circuit simulation technologies that enable companies like Aeroflex to ensure that their products meet the most stringent design requirements."

Synopsys, Inc.

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA), supplying the global electronics market with the software, intellectual property (IP) and services used in semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing. Synopsys' comprehensive, integrated portfolio of implementation, verification, IP, manufacturing and fieldprogrammable gate array (FPGA) solutions helps address the key challenges designers and manufacturers face today, such as power and yield management, softwaretosilicon verification and timetoresults. These technologyleading solutions help give Synopsys customers a competitive edge in bringing the best products to market quickly while reducing costs and schedule risk. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has more than 65 offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Visit Synopsys online at http://www.synopsys.com.

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