Magic VLSI Layout Tool Version 7.3 *

ext2sim, exttosim

Convert extracted file(s) to a ".sim" format file.


ext2sim [option]

where option is one of the following:
[run] [runtime_options]
Run exttosim on current cell, with command-line options (see Summary, below).
alias on|off
Enable/disable alias (.al) file
labels on|off
Enable/disable labels (.nodes) file
Reset to default values
format MIT|SU|LBL
Set output format
rthresh [value]
Set resistance threshold value. Lumped resistances below this value will not be written to the output. The value is in ohms, or may be the keyword infinite to prohibit writing any lumped resistances to the output.
cthresh [value]
Set capacitance threshold value. The value is in femtofarads, or may be the keyword infinite to prohibit writing any parasitic capacitances to the output.
merge [merge_option]
Merge parallel devices/transistors. The valid merge options are:
Merge transistors and capacitors having the same device type and node connections and having the same width and length. Widths are summed in the final output for transistors. Capacitor values are summed in the final output.
Merge transistors having the same node connections and having the same length. Widths are summed in the final output. Merge any capacitors having the same device type and node connections. Capacitance is summed in the final output.
Do not merge any devices.
extresist on|off
Incorporate output from the command extresist into the final .sim file.
Print help information


Without options, or with the option run, the ext2sim command converts the hierarchical extracted netlist information produced by the extract command in a series of .ext files into a flattened representation in the .sim format, used for switch-level simulation.

runtime_options may be passed on the command line, and represent the original command-line options passed to the standalone version of ext2sim. A number of the original command-line options have been deprecated in the Tcl-based version, and some are duplicated by other ext2sim options. Valid runtime_options are:

Don't output transistor or node attributes in the .sim file. This option will also disable the output of information such as the area and perimeter of source and drain diffusion and the FET substrate.
Don't output nodes that aren't connected to devices (floating nodes).
Trim characters from node names when writing the output file. char should be either "#" or "!". The option may be used twice if both characters require trimming.
-y num
Select the precision for outputting capacitors. The default is 1 which means that the capacitors will be printed to a precision of 0.1 fF.
-J hier|flat
Select the source/drain area and perimeter extraction algorithm. If hier is selected then the areas and perimeters are extracted only within each subcell. For each device in a subcell the area and perimeter of its source and drain within this subcell are output. If two or more devices share a source/drain node then the total area and perimeter will be output in only one of them and the other will have 0. If flat is selected the same rules apply, only the scope of search for area and perimeter is the whole netlist. In general, flat (which is the default) will give accurate results (it will take into account shared sources/drains).
With options, the command sets various parameters affecting the output format and content.

Implementation Notes:

ext2sim is implemented as a separate loadable Tcl package, but one which depends on the presence of the standard "tclmagic" package. magic is set up with a placeholder command for ext2sim, and will automatically load the Tcl package when this command is invoked.

exttosim is an alias for ext2sim, to satisfy the grammatically anal retentive.

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Last updated: October 12, 2005 at 9:40pm