SkillCAD 4.5.1 | 72.8 mb
Supported Architectures:x86 or x64
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System Requirements:Linux *
Software Prerequisites:pre-install Virtuoso Layout Suite supporting IC5, IC6, IC12 and IC18
The software developer SkillCAD announced the launch of SkillCAD 4.5.1 is a collection of 120+ user guided and auto routing commands that can boost layout productivity on average 30-50%.
1) Auto Techfile Reader (ATR): SKILLCADwill extact SKILLCADrelated rules from the Virtuoso Techfile. For those rules which are not defined in the Virtuoso techfile, the ATR will assign a default setting which will enable SKILLCAD commands towork without error, though the results may not meet the actual design rules. The SKILLCAD rule file can then be corrected and tuned to the user’s design needs.
2) Pin Tunneling: This is a new function that places the pins on the edge of one instance in the same order as the pins placed on the edge of another instance. Simply draw a line from the edge of the reference instance to the edge of the Instance being edited.
3) Create Label Array: This is a new function for creating label arrays that can be attached to the shapes under the labels, or free floating. It is accessed by clicking on the Label Functions icon in the SKILLCAD toolbar then clicking on Create Label Array, or by selecting Label Functions -> Create Label Array from the SKILLCAD pull-down menu.
4) Command Bundles
This is a new user interface that bundles the commands for common, related layout tasks. The designer is able to keep the menu for the related layout tasks open and available, without the need to continually close one task to open another.
Pin Functions Bundle:This menu bundles the most useful commands for placing, moving, and editing pins. It is accessed by clicking on the Pin Functions icon then selecting Pin Functions, or selecting Pin Functions -> Pin Functions from the SKILLCAD pull-down menu.
Bus Editor Bundle:This menu bundles the most commonly used V-Editor commands for editing bus routing. It is accessed by clicking on the V-Editor icon in the SKILLCAD toolbar and then clicking on Bus Editor, or selecting vEditor -> Bus Editor from the SKILLCAD pull-down menu.
MOS Connector Bundle:This menu bundles the V-Editor commands for connecting MOS devices and MOS device arrays. It is accessed by clicking on the V-Editor icon in the SKILLCAD toolbar and then clicking on MOS Connector, or selecting vEditor -> MOS Connector from the SKILLCAD pull-down menu.
Enhancements and Bug Fixes
1) Dot Connector: Fixed a bug so that metals that aren’t supposed to have coloring, aren’t given coloring metal. Originally, it was assumed that all metals would have coloring. It has also been improved to work with WSP tracks that have multiple widths
Founded in 2007 to enhance productivity toCadence Virtuoso layout design flow, SkillCADis a collection of layout commands written in the SKILL programming language. The SkillCAD IC Layout Automation Suite (IC LAS) seamlessly integrates into the Cadence Virtuoso layout design environment, using the layout and rule files supplied by the Cadence system. Since the tools were developed to support the native Cadence library objects they can be used in compliment to the Cadence tools. The levels of simplification and automation afforded by the SkillCAD commands can improve layout productivity by more than 50%. Cadence Virtuoso plus SkillCAD IC LAS have become the preferred layout environment for analog, RF and mixed signal designs.
SkillCADhas been providing layout tools for Cadence Virtuoso accounts since 1998 and has been a Cadence connection partner for over 12 years. Over 80 of the world’s leading analog, mixed signal and RF companies now use SkillCAD in their layout design flow.
SkillCAD is located at 1580 Old Oakland Road, San Jose CA and have been a Cadence connection partner since 2008. We have distributors in China, UK, Taiwan and Korea.
(support both Linux and Solaris, 32bit and 64bit, CBD and OA layout environments)