IC514 Virtuoso tips

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Creating a layout using LayoutXL

  1. Open schematic
  2. Tools --> Design Synthesis --> LayoutXL
    Select 'Create New' and click 'OK'
  3. 'Create New File' (window) opens
    View Name = layout
    Tool = Virtuoso
    Click 'OK'
  4. 'Virtuoso XL Layout Editing' (window) opens
  5. Tools --> Layout XL
  6. Design --> Gen From Source ...
    Choose the appropriate options



Exporting EPS from layout and schematic

  • Copy the cdsplotinit file from the cadence install directory to your home directory and rename it as .cdsplotinit
    cp /srv/install/cadence/IC5141/tools.lnx86/plot/etc/cdsplotinit ~/.cdsplotinit

1. Add the following bit at the end of your ~/.cdsplotinit file (This is what I've made 5 years back)

#########################################################
# Customization to print out EPS files from Virtuoso Schematic/Layout
######################################################### 
EPS B&W|Encapsulated Postscript: \  :manufacturer=Adobe: \  :type=epsf: \  :maximumPages#1: \  :resolution#300: \  :paperSize="6x8 inches" 1800 2400: \  :paperSize="8x6 inches" 2400 1800: \  :paperSize="8x8 inches" 2400 2400: \  :paperSize="8x10 inches" 2400 3000: \  :paperSize="10x8 inches" 3000 2400:
EPS COL|Encapsulated Postscript: \  :manufacturer=Adobe: \  :type=epsfC: \  :maximumPages#1: \  :resolution#300: \  :maximumPages#1: \  :resolution#300: \  :paperSize="6x8 inches" 1800 2400: \  :paperSize="8x6 inches" 2400 1800: \  :paperSize="8x8 inches" 2400 2400: \  :paperSize="8x10 inches" 2400 3000: \  :paperSize="10x8 inches" 3000 2400:
#########################################################

2. Launch your Cadence and your schematic. From your Schematic window, go to : Design -> Plot -> Submit

3. Click the 'Plot Options ...' button and then : Choose one of the EPS printers defined above + the desired option. Don't forget to tick the 'send plot only to file' button and then fill your destination file: ~/mySchematic.eps

I would recommend to:

  • untick the 'mail log to' button unless you prefer to get emails at each print.
  • untick the 'plot header' button in the main plot form.

4. Click OK and your CIW should come with a successful Status.

Note: This tip has been copied from an google-group discussion by Riad