SILVACO Launches Harmony-AMS Analog/Mixed-Signal Simulator

Santa Clara, June 7, 2004

SILVACO International today announced the release of Harmony-AMS Analog/Mixed-Signal Simulation Platform that delivers unsurpassed accuracy and productivity built upon proven simulator technology from SILVACO and its wholly owned subsidiary, Simucad. Harmony-AMS includes the Silos Verilog and SmartSpice Circuit simulators integrated into a single-kernel simulator that fully supports Verilog-AMS (Accellera 2.1 standard), Verilog (IEEE-1364-2001), Verilog-A, and SPICE.

“Harmony-AMS provides a comprehensive simulation environment with accuracy, capacity, and flexibility,” said Ken Brock, vice president of marketing at SILVACO. “The integration of Harmony-AMS with our schematic driven layout, parasitic extraction and back annotation offers a high-productivity platform for mixed-signal IC design.”

Both SILVACO and Simucad have attempted mixed-signal simulation solutions several times since 1992, using different methods (rollback, master/slave, lock-step) to connect event-driven simulators and timestep-driven simulators. These previous attempts, as well as other commercial offerings available today, were unable to provide the design partitioning, synchronization, convergence, and single viewing environment between testbenches, behavioral models, gate level models, transistor level netlists, and parasitic back annotation required by mixed-signal design engineers.

“Harmony-AMS is the most exciting product that we have ever created here at SILVACO. It provides an elegant solution for the complex challenges facing mixed-signal designers,” stated Dr. Chris Nicklaw, vice president of research and development.

SmartSpice – A Superior Circuit Simulator

SmartSpice Analog Circuit Simulator delivers the highest performance and accuracy required to design complex analog circuits, analyze critical nets, characterize cell libraries, and verify analog mixed-signal designs. SmartSpice is compatible with popular analog design flows and foundry-supplied device models.

SILOS – A Veteran Verilog Simulator

SILOS Verilog Simulator is an easy-to-use IEEE-1364-2001 compliant simulator used by thousands of IC designers. A time-proven industrial Verilog Simulator since 1982, its powerful interactive debugging features provide today’s most productive design environment for FPGA, PLD, ASIC, and custom digital designs.

Pricing and Availability

Harmony-AMS is available now on Linux, Windows, and Sun. Perpetual, time-based, and site licenses are available for workgroup configurations of these products. List price for Harmony-AMS starts at $80,000 for a term-based license. For further information on these products, please contact

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