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 co-founded 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 Designer's Guide Community website. He has also authored eleven 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.


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