Technology Tools

The LayoutEditor includes some technology specific tools. These tools are located at Mainmenu/Utilities/Technology. Most of the tools are Macros and can be adjusted by the user to their used technology.

Printed Circuit Borads (PCB)

Layer setup for PCB

A layer setup for Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) is performed and common parameter for the technology layers can be set. Some PCB specifiy features as well as several PCB file formart like Eagle of KiCad requires a special setup of Layers. Especially predefined layer numbers must be used for conductive layers. This feature will made such a setup with typical parameters for PCBs. A fine adjustment can be made afterwards in the LayerManager. Also the PCB place option will be activated be this feature.

Placment Side Change for PCB

The placement side of PCB components will be changed for all selected component/cell references. The layers in the refered cell will be maped. A layer setup for Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) is assumed. Such a setup can be made with PCBLayerSetup. This feature is also avialable in the context menu of the place mode and SelectEditMode if the PCB place option is active.

Copper Fill for PCB

Fills empty space in a PCB conductor layer. Space to conductors as well as the minimum size of created polygons can be set.

OpenCellLibrary

The OpenCellLibrary is physical design kit (PDK) for an Integrated Circuit design with the LayoutEditor. It is not checked in real IC fabrication and only intended for educational and demontrastion use. Technology setup and standard cells are base on the OpenCellLibrary published by Nangate. It was modified for adaption to the LayoutEditor and to make it more realistic to a real design kit. And it was extended with parametric cells, symbols, design rule check macros, etc. to make it a complete PDK for the LayoutEditor and as a template for any further LayoutEditor PDK. Please also read nangates copyright on the library before using it outside any educational purpose.