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Goodix integrates electromagnetic signal tools from Helic to improve solution design flow

Electromagnetic-aware (EM-aware) synthesis, modelling, analysis, and signoff tools from Helic have been integrated with Goodix Design Flow to enable designers to accelerate innovation and improve the robustness of biometric solutions under a partnership between the companies.

Helic VeloceRF device synthesis, RaptorX EM modeling and Exalto EM parasitic extraction and signoff tools combine with Goodix mixed signal design environment to create a complete solution for EM-aware mixed-signal analog and RF designs, according to the announcement.

“Helic’s RaptorX and VeloceRF tools are a key part of Goodix’s RF flow to verify the creation and placement of our passive devices on-chip,” said Mohy Abdelgany, VP of Wireless Technology at Goodix. “Signal integrity is extremely important in our designs and to our wireless customers. RaptorX enables this, by providing accurate modeling of the electromagnetic coupling between our different inductive structures to optimize system parameters such as transmit pulling and tuning range. Similarly, VeloceRF has helped us to create and optimize multiple variants of these structures with fast and accurate turn-around. Helic’s GUI provides an intuitive and convenient interface to validate our projects into the future. We believe this unified EM-aware flow helps our engineers accelerate their pace of innovation and increase the robustness of their designs.”

“Designers of complex IP and RF chips operating at high data bandwidth and frequencies need detailed parasitic extraction and EM-aware analysis early and throughout the physical design flow,” said Yorgos Koutsoyannopoulos, CEO of Helic. “Bringing our EM-aware modeling, analysis, and signoff technology into the Goodix innovative design environment will enable system integrators to avoid excessive margining and guardbanding and reduce the risk of silicon surprises.”

Goodix is providing the optical in-display fingerprint sensor used in the new vivo NEX smartphone, as well as fingerprint sensors for smartphones from Samsung and Huawei.

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