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analog layout toolset

Discussion in 'CAD' started by Tony Basso, Aug 18, 2003.

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  1. Tony Basso

    Tony Basso Guest

    Hi all

    any opinions on which analog layout toolset would work best for a
    small startup? We are looking at the Cadence group of

    Virtuoso - layout
    Spectre - spice
    Assura-DRC - DRC
    Assura-LVS - LVS
    Composer - schematic capture
    Assura-RCX - parasitic extraction

    However the price is pretty steep for a new company - list about
    $350k.
    Maybe some discount could be worked out but this is still a different
    ballpark than we are ready for right now.

    Thoughts?

    (ps, using a spambox address due to issues with address harvesting on
    newsgroups)
     
  2. I would look at Tanner http://www.tanner.com/ if I were you.

    Of course, you might want to consider only few licences of the main
    system, and for example, use a much cheaper simulator, for day to day
    work. I am aware of at least one affordable simulator which has various
    i.c. design hooks:)

    Kevin Aylward

    http://www.anasoft.co.uk
    SuperSpice, a very affordable Mixed-Mode
    Windows Simulator with Schematic Capture,
    Waveform Display, FFT's and Filter Design.
     
  3. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    My layout guy has recently switched from Composer to LayTools (sp?).

    We have no trouble at all doing an LVS from PSpice to LayTools.

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  4. Depends on how low end you want to go. We did chip layout and
    simulation with Pspice and ICED for about 15K per seat, including DRC,
    LVS, and other utilities. I've also heard good things about Tanner's
    L-Edit program. And this was up to about 5-6 GHz.

    You have to do a lot more on your own but the trade-off may be worth
    it.

    www.iceditors.com
    http://www.tanner.com/
     
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