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Modeling plays a significant role in the efficient simulation of VLSI circuits. By simplifying the models used to analyze these circuits, it is possible to perform transient analyses with reasonable accuracy at speeds of one or two orders of magnitude faster than in conventional circuit simulation programs. The author discusses the models that are used in the second-generation MOTIS timing simulator. The methods used have been applied to a wide variety of MOS digital integrated circuits. All MOS transistors are modeled as voltage-controlled current sources using multidimensional tables. The actual currents are computed by approximation using variation-diminishing tensor splines. Nonlinear device capacitances in the circuit are approximated using linear models which are derived from experimental simulations using a circuit simulator. At the subcircuit level, special structures in the circuit are identified automatically by a preprocessor and are modeled using macro-models. Driver-load MOS transistor gates and bootstrapped circuits are examples of these structures. Their modeling is achieved by an experimental process before implementation in the preprocessor. The simplifications in the device and circuit models presented here have provided a significant improvement in the speed of transient analysis for large MOS digital circuits with relatively little loss in accuracy. This has resulted in a viable design verification environment using MOTIS.