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 getting a tech LEF from tech .tf format [Encounter 10.11] 

Last post Wed, Jun 27 2012 7:42 AM by wally1. 9 replies.
Started by nisshu 15 Feb 2012 09:30 PM. Topic has 9 replies and 5211 views
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  • Wed, Feb 15 2012 9:30 PM

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    getting a tech LEF from tech .tf format [Encounter 10.11] Reply

     Hi all,

           I am trying to import my gate level netlist to encounter tool and it asks for Technology LEF file but i have been supplied with file in .tf format. Is there any way to convert this .tf in LEF or to use .tf file directly in the tool. 

    Thanks,

    Nishith

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  • Thu, Feb 16 2012 10:00 AM

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    Re: getting a tech LEF from tech .tf format [Encounter 10.11] Reply

    Hi Nishith, If this is a Milkyway technology file you can use generateLef to convert it. See the following link for the syntax or type "man generateLef" at the Encounter prompt.

    http://support.cadence.com/wps/mypoc/cos?uri=deeplinkmin:DocumentViewer;src=pubs;q=/fetxtcmdref/fetxtcmdref11.0/importT.html#generateLef

    Hope this helps,

    Brian

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  • Thu, Feb 16 2012 9:28 PM

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    Re: getting a tech LEF from tech .tf format [Encounter 10.11] Reply

     

    wally1:

    Hi Nishith, If this is a Milkyway technology file you can use generateLef to convert it. See the following link for the syntax or type "man generateLef" at the Encounter prompt.

    http://support.cadence.com/wps/mypoc/cos?uri=deeplinkmin:DocumentViewer;src=pubs;q=/fetxtcmdref/fetxtcmdref11.0/importT.html#generateLef

    Hope this helps,

    Brian

     

    Thanks the command works fine. I have one more issue i have some reference libraries in .db format only is there any way to convert them into LEF.

    Thanks in advance

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  • Tue, Feb 21 2012 1:12 AM

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    Re: getting a tech LEF from tech .tf format [Encounter 10.11] Reply
    hi All, sorry to interrupt your message nisshu, but it is related. what if the .tf is not a milkyway .tf but a virtuoso .tf ( i seem to have *oa*.tf and *cdb*.tf)? i tried the generateLef command, but it seems to hang and then error out. what is the command to read in virtuoso .tf into encounter because i dont' have the correct tech .lef file? Regards, -Tony
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  • Tue, Feb 21 2012 8:13 AM

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    Re: getting a tech LEF from tech .tf format [Encounter 10.11] Reply

    Hi Tony, If you have the technology information defined in Virtuoso you can export LEF from Virtuoso. The completeness of the LEF will depend on whether the Virtuoso technology file contains the rules required for Place & Route. I'm not a Virtuoso expert but I think it's under File->Export->LEF...

    Regards,

    Brian

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  • Tue, Feb 21 2012 8:16 AM

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    Re: getting a tech LEF from tech .tf format [Encounter 10.11] Reply

    I've not seen physical libraries in a .db format. I've only seen timing libraries with a .db extension. .db typically indicates a proprietary format which cannot be converted except by the company's tools which created it.

    Regards,

    Brian

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  • Tue, Feb 21 2012 11:54 AM

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    Re: getting a tech LEF from tech .tf format [Encounter 10.11] Reply
    Thanks for the quick reply Brian. What if we don't have virtuoso? can encounter read in a virtuoso .tf file still?
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  • Tue, Feb 21 2012 12:27 PM

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    Re: getting a tech LEF from tech .tf format [Encounter 10.11] Reply

     I'm not aware of a way to translate the .tf file to LEF. Encounter cannot read in the .tf file. Encounter can read technology defined in LEF or OpenAccess.

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  • Tue, Jun 26 2012 10:18 PM

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    Re: getting a tech LEF from tech .tf format [Encounter 10.11] Reply
    Hi, Brian, I follow the document and use generateLef command to convert the .tf file to the .lef file. There are two warnings though. They are "Unsupported capacitance unit name: ff" and " Unsupported time unit name: ps". I found that the cap and time unit definition in the .tf file is ff and ps. The lef file is still generated. Is this a valid conversion?
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  • Wed, Jun 27 2012 7:42 AM

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    Re: getting a tech LEF from tech .tf format [Encounter 10.11] Reply

    The LEF file represents the physical aspects of the cells. It doesn't contain capacitance or timing information so these warnings can be ignored. Extraction uses the cap table and/or the QRC techfile to calculate cap and resistance. Timing is defined in the timing libraries.

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