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Calibre Fundamentals: Performing DRC/LVS with Virtuoso

Categories: Calibre

This course will teach you to effectively use Calibre nmDRC and Calibre nmLVS software in your layout verification flow and will empower you to analyze DRC and LVS results successfully in coordination with a layout editor. View course details ↓

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Course Highlights

The Calibre® product suite is the industry standard for deep sub-micron physical verification. Learn how to leverage the full power of Calibre nmDRC and Calibre nmLVS by attending the "Calibre Fundamentals: Performing DRC/LVS" course. This course will teach you to effectively use Calibre nmDRC and Calibre nmLVS software in your layout verification flow and will empower you to analyze DRC and LVS results successfully in coordination with a layout editor. The lecture modules will guide you through the various concepts underlying state-of-the-art layout verification techniques and specific aspects of the Calibre nmDRC and Calibre nmLVS toolsets.

Hands-on lab exercises will reinforce lecture topics and provide you with extensive tool usage experience under the guidance of our industry expert instructors. This course employs the Cadence® Virtuoso® layout editor in all labs. Please note that, because of licensing constraints, this course can only be delivered at a customer site or online using customer-provided Virtuoso licenses.

You will learn how to

  • Use Calibre nmDRC and Calibre nmLVS proficiently in the flat and hierarchical modes
  • Debug flat and hierarchical DRC and LVS results using Calibre RVETM (Results Viewing Environment) and Virtuoso
  • Interpret the various specification statements in your rule file dealing with input files, results databases and reports, along with other useful rule file statements
  • Interpret simple and complex DRC checks such as measurement and ERC checks
  • Identify and locate many LVS-related problems such as shorts and opens, floating or isolated nets, pin swapping, device problems, soft connections, and texting (naming) problems
  • Use the powerful Calibre Interactive Graphical User Interface

Hands-on labs

Throughout this course, extensive hands-on lab exercises provide you with practical experience using Calibre software. Hands-on lab topics include:

  • Job setup and execution
  • Results debugging in a layout editor using Calibre RVE
  • Job customization
  • Solving typical LVS problems using such Calibre nmLVS features as short isolation and detection of soft connections
  • Working with layer properties
  • Advanced layout-vs-layout comparison

Course Information

Intended for

This class is geared for the student who is just learning to use Calibre tools, although a somewhat experienced Calibre user may also find the class useful. This is also a good class for the "future" Calibre owner since it does a good job explaining how to use all the tools and can also serve as a robust demo.

Prerequisites

Knowledge of IC layout techniques and procedures

Experience with an IC layout editing tool

Familiarity with UNIX/Linux

Knowledge of layout verification concepts and tools (helpful but not required)

Course Part Number
  • Classroom: 258758
  • Live online: 258759
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