1. Which semiconductor vendors support HSPICE?
    All major semiconductor vendors support HSPICE as the golden analog simulator. Synopsys’s strong relationships with major vendors and foundries ensure continued support for HSPICE across the IC and board design industries.
  2. What makes HSPICE a more compelling simulation product?
    HSPICE has come to be accepted as the sign-off simulation tool for its reliability of device models and the dependability of simulation results. It is, in fact, the single largest simulation tool used in the industry. The large loyal user community and large number of successful tapeouts are a testament to its reputation. While there are competitors that perform faster on certain types of circuits, none offer HSPICE's accuracy, robustness, model support and rich set of functions. Synopsys' highly acclaimed support organization and the large HSPICE user community ensure immediate and responsive support to any queries, concerns and suggestions.

Capacity, Runtime, Platforms, Performance

  1. What platforms are available for HSPICE?
    HSPICE is currently available:
    - Sun: Solaris 9 & 10
    - HP: HPUX 11
    - Redhat Enterprise 3 & 4
    - SUSE Linux: Enterprise Server 9
    - Windows: 2000, XP-Professional
    - IBM: AIX 5.1

  2. What compute resource do I need to run HSPICE?
    No special compute resources are required to run HSPICE. The recommended hardware configuration is:
    - 64 Mbytes RAM: 100Mbytes swap (UNIX)
    - Installation: 60 Mbytes disk space
    - Simulation Memory: 5MB + 3.2 KB per transistor
  3. How large of a circuit can HSPICE support?
    HSPICE can simulate circuits that contain up to 100,000 transistors
  4. How easy is it to plug HSPICE into a third party flow?
    HSPICE fits in to third-party flows quickly and easily. For e.g. It is integrated into Cadence Composer via the Discovery AMS Simulation Interface. It also supports industry standard formats such as:
    - SPICE (netlist format)
    - .lib (library information)
    - IBIS (I/O buffer information specification)
    - W-element (RLGC matrix files) often used for signal integrity solutions
  5. Does HSPICE Support RF?
    Yes. HSPICE has introduced HSPICE RF, which can now perform frequency domain steady state analysis for Analog, RF and Mixed-Signal applications. HSPICE RF is an add-on feature to existing HSPICE and uses the same foundry certified models.

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