Standards Efforts—Who, What, and Why

Design Flow Integration

Hugo:The problem is this. The IC design engineers seek to assemble the best-in-class tools for their design system. This means picking one tool from vendor A, another tool from vendor B, and so on.

Most EDA tools read in one or more design files (file of design data). The tool or the designer may generate additional data and then write out an enhanced version of the design file(s).

Each tool arranges the file data in a specific way (format) for fast operation. The different tool functions are generally sequential, with the data passing from one tool to the next. (However, recent tool suites are trying to do more things concurrently.)

Most EDA tools are developed independently of each ...

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