Originally containing a handful of commands to help with common layout tasks, SkillCAD has evolved into the industry standard for analog, RF and mixed signal design for customers using Cadence Virtuoso. With over 85 customers worldwide and over 120 functions including the powerful, patented V-editor, metal routing and pin placement tools, SkillCAD’s offering is proven to significantly improve layout design team productivity.
Today, design teams face a new challenge as the adoption of leading-edge process nodes is accelerating faster than previously anticipated due to substantial power, performance and density improvements. The downside is that design teams are now faced with the exponential increase in design rules and time-consuming iterations of layout to achieve a “clean” design. Project schedules suffer as layout times increase to 2X or 3X what they were in previous nodes.
The SkillCAD strength is the ability to quickly develop new layout commands that significantly improve design team productivity by automating repetitive tasks which also reduces design errors. SkillCAD develops these new layout commands by working closely with customers who specify the functionality needed for their designs. Once the new command is developed and tested, SkillCAD then offers these new commands to all customers to be used inside the Cadence Virtuoso environment.
Today SkillCAD has over 30 commands that work with 7nm, 5nm, and 3nm. The new coloring functions are compatible with the Virtuoso coloring method, but also supports in-house coloring methods that allow designers to use a different layer purpose for different colors to minimize mouse clicks while significantly reducing the time in color editing. The new SkillCAD routing functions intelligently take advantage of the strict design rules in advanced nodes, consolidating steps into a single mouse click that can significantly increase wiring speed. SkillCAD will continue to add functionality working closely with customers to develop new commands specific to supporting advanced nodes and unique design styles.
Abstract: To address the layout challenges in advanced node designs, SkillCAD has released a new module to handle the complexities associated with color-aware physical design and routing to improve the productivity of your layout team.
The new functionality offers a variety of layout capabilities for coloring and routing. The coloring functions are compatible with the Virtuoso coloring method, but also supports in-house coloring methods that allow designers to use different layer purpose for different colors to minimize mouse clicks while significantly reducing the time in color editing.
Our new routing functions intelligently take advantage of the strict design rules in advanced nodes consolidating steps into a single mouse click that can significantly increase wiring speed. SkillCAD will continue to add functionality to this new module as we work closely with our customers to develop new commands specific to advanced nodes.
Speaker: Pengwei Qian (SkillCAD)
Speaker Bio: Pengwei Qian is the founder and CEO of SkillCAD, a grassroots EDA company that has 80+ companies using IC (LAS) worldwide. Pengwei has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a Masters in Material Science from Fudan University and a Masters in Electronic Engineering from National University of Singapore. He started as an IC designer and now has more than 20 years of experience in EDA.
Founded in 2007 to enhance productivity to Cadence Virtuoso layout design flow. Cadence Virtuoso + SkillCad have become the industry standard layout environment for full custom analog, RF, and mixed-signal designs. Over 80% of the major analog and mixed signal (AMS) companies use SkillCad. SkillCad seamlessly integrates with Cadence Virtuoso Layout L, XL and GXL and supports IC5, IC6, IC12, IC18. SkillCad has been a Cadence Connection Partner since 2008.