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Solid-State Circuits Magazine, IEEE

Issue 2 • Date Spring 2011

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  • [Front cover]

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  • Table of contents

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  • Society Listing

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  • [Contributors]

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  • Welcome to the Commemorative Issue of SPICE [Editor's Note]

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  • Japan Earthquake—When the Big One Hit [Associate Editor's View]

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  • The 40th Anniversary of SPICE: An IEEE Milestone [Guest Editorial]

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  • What's in a Name?

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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 SPICE paper at the 16th Midwest Symposium on Circuit Theory on 12 April 1973. View full abstract»

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  • The 64-KB Question

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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

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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 pig class that was given homework assignments to use a program being worked on by Larry Nagel. View full abstract»

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  • Reminiscences of SPICE

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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

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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-Vincentelli, they maintained a very strong sense of community among their students, with everyone helping everyone else in a team effort. Very few groups I've worked with in industry have shown as much of a sense of teamwork and camaraderie as the UC Berkeley CAD group. View full abstract»

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  • Unwanted Perturbations

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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 analytical techniques. View full abstract»

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  • Hijacked by SPICE

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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 sharing the article by the Anti-SPICE, Bob Pease. View full abstract»

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  • Recipe for Success

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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

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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 of research for graduate students. The resulting source code was sent to thousands of companies worldwide. Hundreds of CAD managers tried to stabilize SPICE, characterize processes to the device models, and support the design engineers. This provided an opportunity for the commercial support of a growing user base. View full abstract»

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  • Life After SPICE

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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 students, like most of the ones who preceded them, accepted the basic capabilities of SPICE and were working to improve them by making them faster, more accurate, and more robust. My work was a bit different; I focused on teaching the old dog new tricks. I tried to develop new analyses specifically tailored for designers of high-frequency circuits. In particular, I worked to develop methods for efficiently computing the steady-state response of a circuit. This work culminated in the development of a harmonic balance simulator that eventually formed the basis of the commercial microwave simulator from Hewlett Packard (now Agilent). After graduation, I went in another direction. I took the harmonic balance simulator I wrote as a student to Cadence and converted it to a general purpose SPlCE-like simulator. At the time HSPICE was the dominant commercial simulator for integrated circuits, and some of us at Cadence had aspirations of building a new simulator to replace it. I took the lessons I learned about simulator architecture from Tom Quarles and simulator algorithms from Jacob White and produced a new simulator named Spectre that was several times faster than HSPICE as well as being more accurate and more robust (actually, Jacob and I working together completed the first version in two weeks). Essentially, I took everything that had been learned since the development of SPICE2 and put it into Spectre. It was not enough. View full abstract»

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  • Professor, Visionary, Friend

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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 nurturing those people and fueling the innovations that were transforming Silicon Valley into a technological and economic powerhouse. When you took a class from Don, you were not just learning circuit design, you were becoming a part of a new and exciting industry. View full abstract»

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  • Growing SPICE

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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 average I merely audited the electronic circuit design courses. Again, I came away with the impression that the instructors were highly competent magicians. They knew razzle-dazzle circuit simplifications that eased analysis and supported design, but I was unable to learn them. Most of the other courses I took didn't seem like that to me, so I had plenty of options other than electronic circuit design. View full abstract»

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  • Shaping the History of SPICE

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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, has evolved into an IC design standard used for every single transistor-level circuit design. The following is an account of my participation, starting in 1977, in shaping the history of SPICE. View full abstract»

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  • CANCER: Computer Analysis of Nonlinear Circuits Excluding Radiation

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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

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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-aided circuit analysis has continued, computer-aided design (CAD) and circuit design automation within the CAS Society are now principally concerned with problems associated with the overall design and evaluation of very large circuits and systems. View full abstract»

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  • Donald O. Pederson

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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]

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  • Sansen Receives IEEE Pederson Award at ISSCC 2011 [People]

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Each issue of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine is envisioned as a self-contained resource for fundamental theories and practical advances within the field of integrated circuits

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