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Issue 2 • Spring 2011

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): C1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 1
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  • Society Listing

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  • [Contributors]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 3
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  • Welcome to the Commemorative Issue of SPICE [Editor's Note]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 4
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  • Japan Earthquake—When the Big One Hit [Associate Editor's View]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):5 - 6
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  • The 40th Anniversary of SPICE: An IEEE Milestone [Guest Editorial]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):7 - 82
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  • What's in a Name?

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):8 - 13
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    Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis (SPICE) is a general-purpose circuit simulation program that is used by electrical engineers in the design of ICs. Although SPICE was released to “friendly users” in the fall of 1971, the rest of the world didn't learn about it until Professor Donald O. Pederson of the University of California (UC), Berkeley, presented our SP... View full abstract»

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  • The 64-KB Question

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 9
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    In 1984, I was working at an IC design company in Orange County, California, doing software support for an in-house version of SPICE. This version got a lot of good use but encountered the usual problem: there were never-ending complaints about its speed or, rather, the lack thereof. View full abstract»

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  • SPICE Test Subject

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 10
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    I attended the University of California (UC), Berkeley, as an electrical engineering student in the 1968–1973 time frame. While I was there, I took the EE105 and EE141 classes on circuit design. Don Pederson was the professor for EE141, and Bill Jackson, a working engineer from the lab up the hill, was a lecturer for EE105. As part of the process, I was privileged to be part of the guinea p... View full abstract»

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  • Reminiscences of SPICE

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 11
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    Larry Nagel, who offered me my first job at Bell Laboratories, dropped me an e-mail that brought back many bitter and sweet memories of days and nights in Cory Hall. As a new member of Don Pederson's team who had arrived in the United States just a few months earlier and learned about SPICE for the first time, I could not help but idolize those around me. View full abstract»

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  • The Group

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 12
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    The CAD group at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, has always been a special place. It has an incredible reach into industry, both for recruiting and for partnerships and collaboration on research. My years at UC Berkeley working on SPICE were a unique experience. Both Richard Newton and Donald Pederson were wonderful people and great to work for. Along with Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincente... View full abstract»

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  • Unwanted Perturbations

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 13
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    When I arrived at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, in the fall of 1969 looking for a master's project, I had no idea what I was getting into. My adviser, Prof. Bob Meyer, suggested that I try to understand the sources of electrical noise in an integrated operational amplifier. This sounded like a challenging balance of potentially valuable work and dauntingly unfamiliar analytic... View full abstract»

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  • Hijacked by SPICE

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):14 - 16
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    “What's All This Spicy Stuff, Anyhow?” was the title on the multiple copies of an article from Electronic Design magazine placed anonymously on my desk [1]. Until then, I wasn't aware of this column in Electronic Design. But since I was known as “Mr. SPICE” at Hewlett-Packard, I wasn't surprised that my thoughtful colleagues couldn't resist s... View full abstract»

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  • Recipe for Success

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):17 - 19
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    Don Pederson once told me that there are two different types of Ph.D. dissertations. Using my own terminology, they are: View full abstract»

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  • Simulation Sells

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):20 - 22
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    It was one of the best decisions of Dr. Pederson's life: continue the development of CANCER under the name SPICE and put SPICE into the public domain like the rest of the University of California (UC), Berkeley, simulation tools. This allowed a whole circuit simulator ecosystem to develop. The development and extension of SPICE analysis modes and element models provided a continuing source ... View full abstract»

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  • Life After SPICE

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):23 - 26
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    I graduated among the last wave of students who really focused on circuit simulation at the University of California (UC), Berkeley. Those students included Tom Quarles, who wrote SPICE3 as a way of improving the underlying architecture of SPICE, and Jacob White, who explored new numerical algorithms such as waveform relaxation as a way of accelerating traditional SPICE transient analysis. These s... View full abstract»

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  • Professor, Visionary, Friend

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):27 - 29
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    I first met Don Pederson in the fall of 1966 when I attended my first session of EE105 (Electronic Circuits). My first impression of Don was that he was a character. Thank goodness Don never made any attempt to hide the fact that he was a character! He not only had a marvelous understanding of electronic circuits, but he also knew the people who designed the circuits and the companies that were nu... View full abstract»

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  • Growing SPICE

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):30 - 35
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    When I was an undergraduate I wanted very much to learn electronic circuit design, but I couldn't. The instructors of the required electronic circuit design courses I was compelled to take seemed to be showing off, and on that basis I certainly didn't choose their follow-on elective courses. Everything in graduate school was elective, and not wishing to jeopardize my grade-point aver... View full abstract»

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  • Shaping the History of SPICE

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):36 - 39
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    The initial research goal of a graduate class project in 1969-1970 to “produce the best available computer program for the simulation of practical integrated circuits (ICs)” in the early days of the semiconductor industry resulted in the simulator SPICE. Today, more than four decades and 1 billion transistors per chip later, SPICE, in its various commercial or public-domain releases,... View full abstract»

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  • CANCER: Computer Analysis of Nonlinear Circuits Excluding Radiation

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):40 - 42
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    Cancer is a program designed for the complete simulation of integrated electronic circuits, possessing the following features: View full abstract»

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  • A Historical Review of Circuit Simulation

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):43 - 54
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    Within the Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society, developments in computer-aided circuit analysis and circuit design commenced in the early 1950's using the earliest digital computers. Initially, computer-aided circuit analysis of linear circuits was used in design optimization, design centering, and in determining the effects of parasitics on circuit performance. Although this use of computer... View full abstract»

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  • Donald O. Pederson

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):51 - 54
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    As a 10-Year-Old, he scrounged around in junkyards, looking for materials he needed to build crystal radio sets. As a young professor at the University of California at Berkeley, he foraged for semiconductor processing equipment being discarded by industrial laboratories, and used it to build the first semiconductor fabrication facility at a university. View full abstract»

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  • “A 10-Gb/s Compact Low-Power Serial I/O with DFE-IIR Equalization in 65-nm CMOS,” Deemed Best 2009 JSSC Paper [People]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):55 - 57
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  • Sansen Receives IEEE Pederson Award at ISSCC 2011 [People]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):57 - 58
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Each issue of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine is a self-contained resource for fundamental theories and practical advances within the field of Integrated Circuits (ICs)

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R. Jacob (Jake) Baker
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