Helic and Cadence Collaborate to Deliver RF Design Solution

May 27, 2004

ATHENS, GREECE – Helic S.A. announces a multi-faceted IP and EDA tools collaboration with Cadence Design Systems, Inc. in which both companies aim to become the springboard for the design of next-generation wireless semiconductor products. As part of the agreement, VeloceRF™, Helic’s recently introduced tool for the rapid modeling and synthesis of on-chip and in-package inductances, becomes a third-party extension to the Virtuoso® custom design platform. Furthermore, Cadence licenses Helic’s PolyRadio™ RFIP that will serve as a Wi-Fi reference design in the Virtuoso® platform, comprising RF silicon blocks such as a low-noise amplifier (LNA), fully-integrated power amplifier and voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO), linear direct-conversion mixers and programmable analog baseband circuitry. Helic’s RFIP has already been fabricated and validated on a series of leading SiGe BiCMOS foundry processes.

“VeloceRF and PolyRadio have found a perfect match in the Virtuoso platform. We are very upbeat about partnering with the world leader in RFIC EDA solutions”, said Yorgos Koutsoyannopoulos, Helic CEO. “Over the coming years, demand for integrated EDA platforms, smarter flows, more functionality and automation particularly in RF and multi-GHz applications is expected to explode. Smartly packaged intellectual property blocks accessible through these flows will be the way to go. Helic, with its combined VeloceRF and PolyRadio offering, brings additional functionality to the Cadence Virtuoso platform. Through our combined efforts, we will be able to offer a more compelling solution for semiconductor manufacturers seeking to capitalize on this emerging opportunity,” Koutsoyannopoulos said.

“Helic brings to the table real-world design expertise, which is extremely valuable in raising the credibility for true chip-level solutions. Our reference cases within the platform are based on real-world designs, not on designs just made to make the tools look good,” said Kurt Johnson, Group Director for Virtuoso flows at Cadence.

VeloceRF is currently available as a module of the Cadence Virtuoso platform for Solaris®, Linux and HP-UX® operating systems. Additional information on VeloceRF and the PolyRadio IP is available at: http://www.helic.com/products.html



About Helic
Helic S.A. specializes in the development of disruptive EDA technologies and multi-standard silicon RF IP for wireless applications. Helic uniquely combines design tools and reconfigurable RF intellectual property (IP) to revolutionize the development of highly-integrated ICs and modules for multi-standard wireless applications. VeloceRF™ is a design tool that enables rapid, whole-chip RF modeling for RFICs and systems-in-package, introducing a radically new inductance-aware design flow. PolyRadio™ is a mix of novel RF IP blocks, enabling the integration of multiple wireless transceivers on a single piece of silicon.


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