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Robert Dwyer

I'm an Encounter Digital Implementation specialist. I believe every interaction with a customer is an opportunity to improve our solution. I believe we can achieve great things when we focus on a common goal. I type "encounter" every day I'm at work.

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The Case for the Tiny Testcase
I often joke with customers that, although I realize they have to work on large designs, I do my best work on designs with just 2 or 3 instances. That's because I'm often trying to replicate an issue they've observed on their design and I'm   Read More »
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How To: Bring Up Encounter "man" Pages from a UNIX Prompt
Okay, this one is too cool not to share. The other day a customer and I were trying to understand a tool behavior better so we did what we all do in desperate times: We read the documentation. As straightforward as "reading the documentation"   Read More »
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10 Encounter Tips and Tricks You May Not Be Aware Of
In looking over the shoulders of Encounter users over the years I've found there's a bunch of little tips and tricks I use to make interacting with the tool a little easier that aren't necessarily immediately obvious. Here are some of the   Read More »
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Capturing and Processing Encounter Console Output with "redirect"
In my last post I wrote about writing more compact db access scripts with dbGet's expression-based matching . We found all of the high fanout nets in the design which weren't clock nets: dbGet [dbGet top.nets {.numInputTerms > 16 &&   Read More »
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Writing More Compact Encounter Scripts with dbGet Expressions
Querying the Encounter database with dbGet is typically pretty concise to begin with. But you might not be aware of its support for expression-based matching, which enables even more compact scripting. Let's take a very simple but common scripting   Read More »
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Collaboration, Concurrency, and Convergence: CDNLive! Silicon Valley 2012
I was out in San Jose last week for CDNLive! Silicon Valley 2012 -- our US user's group conference. I feel like we've been on a good run with this conference during the past few years. I'm seeing users return to present papers year after year   Read More »
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CDNLive! Silicon Valley 2012 Abstracts Due November 11th, 2011
The Call for Papers for CDNLive! Silicon Valley 2012 is open now through Friday November 11th, 2012. CDNLive! is the Cadence users group conference. It provides an opportunity to present and listen to presentations from folks who use Cadence software   Read More »
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Encounter Quick Tip: Dimming the Display with F12
I remember when I first started working with the Cooper & Chyan Technology (CCT) router back in the day. It had this great feature where you could darken the display for everything in the design other than what you had selected. This was particularly   Read More »
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Encounter Quick Tip: Finding Available Cell Masters with dbGet
When you first start using dbGet, many of your queries branch off the "top" keyword and then traverse to "insts" or "nets". These searches return a list of all the instances or nets in the design. But sometimes it's necessary   Read More »
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Tab Completion with Encounter's dbGet Command: Smarter Than You Might Think
If there's one thing that makes navigating a UNIX command line or tool console more efficient, it's tab completion. We've been improving Encounter's support for tab completion over the past few releases, and in 10.1 Encounter's dbGet   Read More »
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