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Virtuosity: 10 Things I Learned in May by Browsing Cadence Online Support

Comments(0)Filed under: Virtuoso, VLS XL, Virtuoso Layout Suite L, VLS GXL, VLS L, Virtuoso Layout Suite XL, Virtuoso Layout Suite GXL, Virtuoso Layout Suite

May was a big month for new videos. It was also a month that saw the release of Virtuoso IC6.1.6, with lots of great new features and the rollout of new enhancements to the Cadence Online Support website.


1. DMS Basics Series

This is a great series of 10 videos covering various topics in mixed-signal verification, real number modeling, and mixed-signal connectivity. You'll also notice all 10 videos referenced together in sequence as a single "playlist" so you know what order to watch them in.

2. Enter Points

Demonstrates some enhancements in IC6.1.6 whereby the user can enter coordinates for commands using a form instead of pointing in the layout canvas.

3. IC6.1.6 Ruler

Demonstrates several enhancements to the ruler command in IC6.1.6.

4. Palette—IC6.1.6 Enhancement

This video discusses new modes available to invoke Palette, bindkeys, synchronization/desynchronization, editing LayerSets, and editing validity status of LPP. Some of these topics are also discussed in the solution: Palette—How to encapsulate the Layers, Objects, and Grids panels into a single assistant when undocked outside the layout window?

5. Virtuoso Parameterized Layout Generators—VPLGen

VPLGen is a new feature in 616. This video describes setting up VPLGen and generating VPLGen Pcells.

6. Toolbar Manager

This video demonstrates the new features in IC6.1.6, which allow you to easily customize the content and display of existing toolbars and to create your own toolbars.

Product Information

7. Product Documentation for IC6.1.6

As you have probably gathered from the precediing items, the initial release of Virtuoso IC6.1.6 occurred in May. A good place to start learning about new features would be the Virtuoso Platform What's New document. 

8. Cadence Online Support Release Highlights

You may have also noticed several changes to the http://support.cadence.com website interface. The Highlights document summarizes what's new. 


9. How to create a single inverter symbol to represent multiple models and pass LVS

A worked example (with database) showing you how to create a parameterized inverter symbol that can represent, for example, multiple voltages, via an inherited model name.

10. Path to access MMSIM products has changed to [installation_directory]/bin in 12.1.1

The path to access the MMSIM products has been changed from <installation>/tools/bin/ or <installation>/tools.<platform>/bin/ directory to the <installation>/bin/ directory.


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