Magic VLSI Layout Tool Version 7.3 *


Read or write DEF format files.


def option

where option is one of the following:
read [filename]
Read a DEF file filename[.def]
write [cell]
Write DEF for current or indicated cell named cell
Print help information (command summary)


The def command reads and writes DEF format files. These files are generally assumed to be digital standard-cell based layouts. The DEF format has no real concept of hierarchy. To generate a valid DEF file that may be recognized by other software, it is necessary to have a layout with standard cells using the port method to declare input and output ports. In particular, the port class and port use are designed to work with the DEF read and write routines.

The technology file should have a lef section describing how LEF and DEF files should be written. However, if an appropriate LEF file exists and is read prior to writing a DEF format file, the technology will be initialized from the file if it is not declared in the technology file.

Implementation Notes:

def is implemented as a built-in magic command. Only the critical part of the DEF definition has been implemented. Some uncommon forms of syntax such as wire extensions are not implemented. This is largely due to the incomplete nature of the LEF/DEF spec. It is unlikely that such forms will be encountered in third-party input.

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Last updated: October 7, 2004 at 1:45am