Version 9.x of Electric VLSI is now officially launched as a stable release. I am wondering if someone out there would be interested in doing design with Electric and cross-check it against commercial tools, like Cadence. The outline of the thesis would be:
- Setup the tool
- Setup the design kit
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- Implement a “simpler” design, like an operational amplifier in a 65-nm CMOS process
- Build up a tool-to-tool porting flow (from Electric to Cadence and vice versa)
- Build up a java-based script package for Electric – similar to what you would do in e.g. Cadence SKILL.
The exjobb would enable you to learn both Electric and Cadence extensively from a back-end point of view rather than a front-end point of view. Notice that a “modern” analog designer should typically also know a lot about the details of the tool and how to massage it to speed up the design phase.