Simucad Releases HiSIM - Hiroshima University SPICE Model - for Commercial Applications

Santa Clara CA, May 9th, 2007 – As CMOS technologies shrink to below 90nm, the need for accurate circuit simulation SPICE model becomes acute.  The current SPICE models, BSIM3 and BSIM4, are running out of capability when used to simulate CMOS circuits built in these technologies. The release of HiSIM could not have come at a better time to address these needs.

HiSIM SPICE model has been developed at the University of Hiroshima, Japan, at the initiative of Professor Mitiko Miura-Mattausch.  The HiSIM model foundation is a departure from a traditional approach known as 'Vth-based CMOS Model,' and is based on what is now known as a 'Surface Potential-Based Model.'  Surface Potential-Based Model accurately represents the physics of 90nm CMOS geometries and below.

"Simucad has been working with Hiroshima University for years to bring this model to maturity." said Dr Ivan Pesic, President and CEO of Simucad.  "We believe that this model has all the necessary qualities to fulfill the speed, accuracy, and convergence criteria for the most demanding deep sub-micron CMOS designs.  Now, we are pleased to make this model available for commercial use."

For easy adoption of this new model, Simucad offers a full solution consisting of SmartSpice for analog circuit simulation, UTMOST IV for automated SPICE model parameter extraction, and SPICE model parameter extraction service.  SmartSpice and UTMOST IV are available for download from Simucad's website.

About SIMUCAD Design Automation

Simucad Design Automation 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/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.

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