Helic’s Eda Tools Greatly Contributed to Successful Development of SHARP’s RF-IC

May 31, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO and OSAKA, Japan, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Helic, Inc.,
the technology leader in EDA solutions for RF and high-speed IC design and
SHARP CORP., proudly announce that SHARP selected Helic’s VeloceRF(TM),
VeloceRaptor/X(TM) and VeloceWired(R) to be part of their RFIC design flow.

To meet the demands of RF and high-speed design in advanced silicon
processes, VeloceRF(TM) features a unique component-synthesis engine that
generates DRC and DFM-correct inductive devices according to designer
specifications. VeloceRF(TM) brings a complete solution for achieving an
optimal floor plan, enabling silicon area reduction by optimizing inductor
sizes. The tool de-risks the design from electromagnetic effects,
incorporating EM coupling parasitics in post-layout simulation.
VeloceRaptor/X(TM) is a breakthrough RLCK modeling tool with unparalleled
capacity and speed suitable for integrated passives such as transmission
lines, interconnects, digital high-speed lines, spiral inductive devices and
MIM/MOM capacitors. VeloceWired(R) completes the flow with the design and
extraction of 3D structures like bondwires providing instantly the impact of
package parasitics on RFIC performance.

Dr. Kunihiko Iizuka, Design Manager at Electronic Components and Devices
Group at SHARP, commented on how Helic’s EDA products were instrumental for
the successful development of a silicon Low Noise Block-down converter (LNB)
designed in a challenging CMOS process. “VeloceRF and VeloceRaptor/X(TM)
helped us to optimize our floor plan and design with high speed and accuracy,
while with VeloceWired(R) we managed to design an optimum input-matching
network for our LNA block. The results lead to successful mass production of
a silicon LNB with the first parts shipping to customers in April 2011.”

“SHARP leverages their leadership in RF devices to foray the satellite
market and we are very proud to contribute with our tools in this endeavor
setting higher standards to address their design needs”, said Yorgos
Koutsoyannopoulos, CEO of Helic.

About Helic

Helic, Inc. develops disruptive EDA technology for RFIC and
System-in-Package design. Helic provide to customers value with a business
model combining EDA tools, IP and services, enabling first-pass silicon while
greatly reducing the development cycles of integrated wireless transceiver
products. VeloceRF(TM) is Helic’s leading EDA tool for integrated inductor
synthesis, modeling, and verification. Helic’s products have been adopted by
many renowned semiconductor companies worldwide, with over 500 designers as

Helic is headquartered at 101 Montgomery Street, suite 2650, San
Francisco, CA
94104. For additional information please visit Helic at


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