SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Aug. 06, 2009 — Helic, Inc. today announced that TSMC has qualified its VeloceRF tool as part of TSMC’s Electromagnetic (EM) Tool Qualification Program. VeloceRF has been accuracy-certified against TSMC's 65nm silicon-verified spiral inductor set.
TSMC’s EM Tool Qualification Program assists IC designers by providing certified process technology files, layout and measurements for 65nm and 90nm process technologies. The program ensures greater accuracy of EM simulators and extractors used in applications such as high-speed digital clock circuits and high-frequency mixed-signal RF designs. Certified process files eliminate several error sources in the design process and enable designers to use Helic’s VeloceRF platform on TSMC 65nm processes with confidence.
Helic's VeloceRF features a rapid and high-capacity, vector-based RLCK modeling engine, VeloceRaptor™, which can generate very accurate models for any kind of integrated inductive component, as well as a spiral inductor synthesizer, the Spiral Wizard™. It eliminates the need for custom layout and easing adoption by foundries and design teams. Features such as conductor track slotting to mitigate metal stress, geometry resizing under current density constraints and the use of dummy fill patterns are pre-programmed in VeloceRF and are consistently supported by the Spiral Wizard, VeloceRaptor and the layout and LVS modules.
"We are extremely happy to be a qualified partner of TSMC and to have VeloceRF certified by the EM Tool Qualification Program,” said Sotiris Bantas, VP of Technology of Helic. “The fact that our software accuracy has now been certified against measured devices in advanced TSMC processes, means that users of our tools will see a significant boost in design productivity and have increased confidence in our models.
"Helic’s VeloceRF product being certified by the Electromagnetic (EM) Tool Qualification program, as part of TSMC Active Accuracy Assurance Initiative, means that designers can select this software and use TSMC’s certified process files, and have confidence that they have very accurate simulation results for high-frequency designs," said Tom Quan, deputy director of Design Service Marketing at TSMC. "This will enable designers to improve their designs, eliminate over design, reduce time-to-market, and eliminate several sources of error from the design process."
About TSMC Active Accuracy Assurance Initiative
TSMC AAA initiative is a broad-based program that encompasses all components of the design ecosystem. It provides standards of accuracy to all TSMC partners, including EDA vendors, IP providers and library developers, and Design Center Alliance (DCA) partners. TSMC applies the same standards to tools, building blocks, and technologies, including TSMC Reference Flow 8.0, design for manufacturing (DFM) tools, process design kits (PDK), design support and backend services.
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Helic specializes in the development of enabling EDA technologies for RFIC and systems-in-package (SiP) design. Helic's VeloceRF™ is the leading EDA tool for integrated inductor synthesis, modeling, and verification and has been adopted by several renowned semiconductor companies worldwide. With a global reach and sales offices in Europe, the U.S., and Japan, Helic offers its customers EDA tools, intellectual property (IP), and services that enable delivery of first-pass silicon, while greatly reducing the development cycle for complex wireless transceiver products. Helic is headquartered at 101 Montgomery Street, suite 1950, San Francisco, CA 94104. For additional information please visit Helic at http://www.helic.com.