Best Practices for Using DRC, LVS and Parasitic Extraction – on YouTube

Best Practices for Using DRC, LVS and Parasitic Extraction – on YouTube
by Daniel Payne on 07-10-2013 at 1:21 pm

EDA companies produce a wealth of content to help IC engineers get the best out of their tools through several means:

  • Reference Manuals
  • User Guides
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Training Classes
  • Phone Support
  • AE visits

AEs and customer support often wish that EDA users would RTFM (Read The Fine Manual) to learn about new features, but with pressures to get the latest SoC taped out the users can default to using the familiar steps that worked before without really learning any of the new features now available. This dilema can be resolved if the new features are easily and quickly learned through the use of a video, especially for an interactive tool or process. With YouTube as the #2 most often-used method to search the web (behind #1 www.google.com), it makes sense that EDA companies would start to use YouTube to explain best practices.

Yesterday I met with Joseph Davis from Mentor Graphics where he explained how they have created 25 videos on YouTube specifically for IC engineers that want to get the best results out of DRC, LVS and Extraction with the Calibre tools.


Joseph Davis, Mentor Graphics

What’s Available
Mentor has created a YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ICNanometerDesign, and here are the Calibre topics that can improve your efficiency with just a few minutes of time investment:

How to display RVE Highlight Layers as a Rulecheck in Calibre DESIGNrev

How to change the Calibre Interactive default settings

How to run Calibre in Cadence Virtuoso using a single mouse-click

How to better visualize DRC errors and have easier access to design documents


How to instantly open a partial GDS or Oasis database in DESIGNrev

Summary
You can in a few minutes become more proficient in your DRC, LVS and extraction tool flows by watching a YouTube video. The end result is that you save hours to days of effort. Expect to see about one new video per week on this YouTube channel focused on Calibre. Who knows, maybe you’ll want to create your own YouTube videos and add your own content to this channel.

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