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Since founding Designer’s Guide Consulting, Ken and Henry have focused on solving the analog, mixed-signal, and RF verification challenge from the chip to the block level. They have worked side by side with many design teams often taking on the verification task themselves.

We bring together a unique combination of skills that includes a deep understanding of analog, mixed-signal, and RF design, simulation and verification. Ken is the creator of Cadence’s Spectre, SpectreRF, and Agilent’s RF simulators and one of the primary developers of Verilog-A/MS. Henry is widely recognized as the foremost expert in analog and mixed-signal design methodology.

Ken Kundert

Ken Kundert

Ken Kundert

Ken is well renowned for creating two of the most innovative, influential and highest grossing circuit simulators ever produced: Cadence’s Spectre and Agilent’s harmonic balance simulator. He has a deep understanding of analog/mixed-signal and RF simulation technology and is well versed in its application. He has unique insights in tying together knowledge of circuits, mathematics, modeling and simulation to create circuit specific solutions for design simulation and verification.

Ken cofounded Designer’s Guide Consulting in 2005. From 1989 to 2005, Ken worked at Cadence Design Systems as a Fellow. Ken created Spectre and was the principal architect of the Spectre circuit simulation family. As such, he has led the development of Spectre, SpectreHDL, and SpectreRF. He also played a key role in the development of Cadence’s AMS Designer and made substantial contributions to both the Verilog-AMS and VHDL-AMS languages. While in school he authored Sparse, an industry standard sparse linear equation solver and created Agilent’s harmonic balance simulator. Before that Ken was a circuit designer at Tektronix and Hewlett-Packard, and contributed to the design of the HP 8510 microwave network analyzer. He has written three books on circuit simulation: The Designer’s Guide to Verilog-AMS in 2004, The Designer’s Guide to SPICE and Spectre in 1995, and Steady-State Methods for Simulating Analog and Microwave Circuits in 1990; and created the The Designer’s Guide Community and Verilog-AMS websites. He has also authored fifteen patents and three dozen papers published in refereed conferences and journals.

Ken received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989, his M.S. degree in 1983 and his B.S. in 1979.

Ken was elevated to the status of IEEE Fellow in 2007 for contributions to simulation and modeling of analog, RF, and mixed-signal circuits.

Contact Ken at: ken@designers-guide.com

Henry Chang

Henry Chang

Henry Chang

Henry is an expert in analog/mixed-signal/RF design and verification methodologies, next generation tools and flows, and standards for analog & mixed-signal IP in system-on-a-chip design. During his career he has designed and implemented several analog integrated circuits, written EDA software, developed system-on-a-chip design methodologies, and spent extensive time working with designers to understand their needs both short and long term and to provide solutions.

Henry co-founded Designer’s Guide Consulting in 2005. From 1995 to 2005, Henry worked at Cadence Design Systems, Inc. in research and development, methodology services, product marketing, corporate strategy, and in the office of the Chief Technology Officer. He has also worked at Micro Linear and GE Lighting. He is the author of three books: Winning the SoC Revolution: Experiences in Real Design in 2003, Surviving the SoC Revolution: A Guide to Platform Based Design in 1999, and A Top-Down, Constraint-Driven Design Methodology for Analog Integrated Circuits in 1997. He is on the steering committee of the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference. He holds 10 US patents, has authored 14 technical papers, and has participated at conferences giving tutorials, sitting on panels, and giving keynote addresses.

Henry received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994 and 1992 respectively. He received his Sc.B. degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University in 1989.

Contact Henry at: henry@designers-guide.com

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