July 7, 2011

Asahi Kasei Microdevices Selects Helic’s Tools for Their Advanced RF and Analog Mixed-Signal Design Flow

SAN FRANCISCO and TOKYO, July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Helic Inc., the technology leader in EDA solutions for RF and high-speed
IC design and Asahi Kasei Microdevices, proudly announce that Asahi Kasei
Microdevices, a leading provider of RF and mixed-signal IC's for consumer,
automotive and communications applications has selected Helic's VeloceRF(TM)
and VeloceRaptor/X(TM) to be part of their advanced RF and Analog
Mixed-Signal design flow.

Helic's VeloceRF(TM) features a unique PCell synthesis engine that
generates DRC and DFM-correct inductor layouts according to designer
specifications. Moreover, VeloceRF(TM) brings a complete solution for
achieving an optimal floorplan, enabling silicon area reduction by
optimizing inductor sizes and device clearance. The tool assists de-risking
of the design from electromagnetic effects, by allowing the incorporation of
mutual inductance and 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
metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitors.

Toshikazu Suzuki, LSI Design & Development Center General Manager at
Asahi Kasei Microdevices said that "We were looking for solutions to meet
our critical need for complex spiral inductor design and accurate modeling.
The advanced inductor synthesis capabilities and accurancy of VeloceRF
perfectly matched our requirements. Moreover, the Pcell flexibility as well
as the fast and accurate modeling of coupling parasitics enable us to reduce
the size of our layouts and come up with compact, optimized floor plans.
VeloceRaptor/X's ease of use and unparalleled modeling capacity makes it an
ideal solution for extracting RLCK parasitics from complex layouts featuring
custom devices, t-line networks and power grids."

"We are very excited that Asahi Kasei Microdevices, a leading supplier
of complex mixed-signal and RF ICs, has selected VeloceRF and VeloceRaptor/X
for their circuit design and verification environment. Asahi Kasei
Microdevices is renowed for their high-performance, high-integration and
low-power designs and we are very proud to help them with our tools foray
the high-end wireless market ", said Yorgos Koutsoyannopoulos, CEO of Helic.

About Helic

Helic, Inc. develops disruptive EDA technologies for RFIC and high-speed
SoC design. We provide our customers with a comprehensive offering combining
design tools, silicon IP and applications support, greatly reducing the
development cycles of chips for wireless communications, broadband
networking, PCs, tablets and other segments. We provide technology for rapid
electromagnetics modeling, RF component synthesis, and signal integrity of
silicon ICs and Systems-in-Package. Our solutions have been adopted by
several major semiconductor companies since 2000.

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

SOURCE Helic Inc