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Kari Summers

I've worked in Cadence Design Services since June 1997. I've learned a lot and met many great people along the way! I really enjoy helping people with their designs.

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Five-Minute Tutorial: Start the New Year with Voltus
Happy New Year to all of our Digital Implementation Blog readers - and also to anyone new who is stopping by to check us out. We're glad you're here and we hope you'll hang out with us for a while! I thought we could start this new year with   Read More »
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Five-Minute Tutorial: EM Model Files Revisited
Back in January, I posted a Five-Minute Tutorial about creating EM Model files . We'll be referencing this previous post a lot, so check it out quickly right now. That method has worked well for me, but on my most recent project, I hit some snags   Read More »
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Five-Minute Tutorial: Set Flip-Chip Bumps as Voltage Sources in EPS/EDI Rail Analysis
When running power and rail analysis for a flip chip, we used to have to spend some time creating the voltage sources. It wasn't too terrible; usually we would output the bumps into a Cadence Encounter Digital Implementation (EDI) .io file, then use   Read More »
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Five-Minute Tutorial: Create Encounter Power System (EPS) Power-Grid Views For Standard Cells
In today's tutorial, I'm giving you a sample EPS (Encounter Power System) script that you can use to generate power-grid views for your standard cells. Power-grid views are used during rail analysis, with IR-Drop and EM (electromigration/current   Read More »
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Five-Minute Tutorial: Creating An EM Model File
One of the least-fun parts of running power and rail analysis has always been coming up with the electromigration (EM) model file. In the past, this involved cracking open the process design rule manual, finding the appropriate equations, and creating   Read More »
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Five-Minute Tutorial: Why You Should Be Running Early DRC
Everyone knows you have to run signoff DRC before you tape out a design. Sometimes, DRC is left to exactly that moment - right before the tapeout. If major problems are found in the design at that point, the tapeout either has to be delayed, or there   Read More »
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Five-Minute Tutorial: Understanding the Encounter Power System (EPS) Reports Directory
No matter how you run your power analysis - with Encounter Power System (EPS) or from within Encounter Digital Implementation (EDI) System - you're probably familiar with the result directory. It will look something like VDD_125C_avg_1 and have lots   Read More »
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Five-Minute Tutorial: Selective Blockage In EDI 11
Today I'd like to highlight one of the new features in Encounter Digital Implementation System (EDI) 11: selective blockage. Everyone has used placement blockages before; most of us have used soft blockages also. (As a quick review, a soft blockage   Read More »
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Five-Minute Tutorial: Where To Find More Encounter Digital Implementation (EDI) System Tutorials
We've had some people joining the forum lately that are either brand-new to Encounter Digital Implementation (EDI) system, or are coming back to it after several years away. I thought it would be a good time to highlight some great tutorials for getting   Read More »
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Five-Minute Tutorial: Default Naming Conventions in Encounter Digital Implementation (EDI)
This is a topic that frequently comes up on both internal and external forums. And the answer is right in the Encounter Digital Implementation System (EDI) User Guide, but unless you already know that, you may not think to look for it there. At some point   Read More »
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