Annual CNSV Dinner Meeting: The Life of SPICE

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2009 - 5:30 pm          


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While the integrated circuit industry thrives on constant change and new technology, the SPICE circuit simulation program has been around the industry for almost forty years. As a result, many engineers who make use of this software weren’t even born when Larry Nagel released its first version.

This talk will chronicle the journey of SPICE since the late 1960s: its origins as a teaching program at UC Berkeley, its spread into industry, and its creation of a cottage industry that supports and expands the variants of “alphabet SPICE.” Dr. Nagel will credit the various contributors to this saga while sharing a bounty of amusing stories.

Larry will also speculate on how this particular program has evolved while staying pretty much the same, a claim that likely no other computer program can make.


About the speaker, Laurence W. Nagel, Ph.D., Omega Enterprises Consulting

Laurence W. Nagel has worked in the IC industry for nearly 40 years. He developed the SPICE circuit simulation program while earning his BS, MS, and PhD degrees at UC Berkeley. Larry then began a 20 year career at Bell Laboratories which included developing the ADVICE circuit simulation program; participating in the development of the Kull-Nagel bipolar model; designing analog circuits for submicron NMOS processes; working in the AT&T Intellectual Property Division on assertion of patents and negotiation of patent licenses; and serving as project manager in the development of the Celerity circuit simulation program.

Dr. Nagel then joined Anadigics, Inc., where he managed simulation of RF integrated circuits; modeling and characterization of GaAs MESFET device processes; and importing silicon CMOS design tools and foundry support. In 1998, he founded Omega Enterprises Consulting, through which he offers services in analog and RF integrated circuit design, device modeling, circuit simulation, and expert witness work in patent and trade secret litigation. Larry is an IEEE Fellow.


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