Physical Verification with IC Validator

Physical Verification with IC Validator
by Alex Tan on 12-26-2018 at 7:00 am

Image RemovedIf a picture worths a thousand words, a tapeout quality SoC design with billions of polygons would compose a good book. To proofread this final design transformation format requires a foundry driven DRC/LVS signoff solution that nowadays is becoming more complex with further process scaling and shrinking pitch… Read More


Crossfire Baseline Checks for Clean IP at TSMC OIP

Crossfire Baseline Checks for Clean IP at TSMC OIP
by Daniel Nenni on 09-26-2018 at 12:00 pm

IP must be properly qualified before attempting to use them in any IC design flow. One cannot wait to catch issues further down the chip design cycle. Waiting for issues to appear during design verification poses extremely high risks, including schedule slippage. For example, connection errors in transistor bulk terminals where… Read More


IC Layout with Interactive or Batch DRC and LVS Results

IC Layout with Interactive or Batch DRC and LVS Results
by Daniel Payne on 03-07-2014 at 6:27 pm

IC designers have a long tradition of mixing and matching EDA tools from multiple vendors, mostly because they enjoy best-in-class tools, or they just purchased each EDA tool at a different time and asked for them to work together. Such is this case with IC layout tools from Silvacoand DRC/LVS tools from Mentor Graphics. Pawan Fangaria… Read More


Getting Real Time Calibre DRC Results

Getting Real Time Calibre DRC Results
by Daniel Payne on 03-10-2011 at 10:00 am

Last week I met with Joseph Davis, Ph.D. at Mentor Graphics in Wilsonville, Oregon to learn about a new product designed for full-custom IC layout designers to improve productivity.

The traditional flow for full-custom IC layout designers has been nearly unchanged for decades:

  • Read a schematic or use Schematic Driven Layout
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