SpringSoft completes OpenAccess-compatible IC layout flow solution

SpringSoft completes OpenAccess-compatible IC layout flow solution

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The Laker ADP tool set is an integrated system that includes a full-featured schematic entry tool, an open simulation console for managing interfaces to third-party simulation tools, and an interactive waveform analyzer. Laker ADP gives designers an efficient, time-saving entry point to drive the company’s Laker Custom Layout Automation System, accurately linking design intent and critical constraints in a production-proven schematic-driven (SDL) flow. Now, with OA support, users can more easily move between the Laker ADP and layout environments, providing a streamlined path to the automation benefits of the Laker custom layout platform and creating the industry’s most robust OA-compatible IC design flow.

The OA standardization effort was initiated by Si2 to reduce the number of translation steps in the typical electronic design automation (EDA) flow with a single database and application programming interface (API) created specifically for IC design. SpringSoft has invested in helping to make OA viable and productive for IC designers, collaborating with other industry leaders and key OA supporters to develop, test and implement the infrastructure and technologies required to enable true interoperability within a heterogeneous tool environment.

With OA implementation in Laker ADP, the entire Laker tool flow from design through layout now supports the Interoperable PDK Libraries (IPL) Alliance standard 1.0, including iCDF, callbacks and PyCells, providing compatibility with interoperable process design kits (iPDKs) from leading foundries. OA support in Laker ADP also allows easy integration of third-party tools within system through the OA API.

In addition to OA support, the new Laker ADP release improves existing functionality and adds time-saving features that facilitate better integration with third-party tools and more in-depth design analysis of complex designs. These include an enhanced open simulation console for more efficient interaction with popular analog simulators, allowing designers to specify simulation parameters and execute simulation runs without leaving the Laker ADP environment. Enhancements to the schematic editor include multi-sheet support, infix mode editing, on-screen parameter editing, auto-completion of wiring, and dynamic net highlighting.

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