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Most design teams use the schematic-driven connectivity-aware environment of Virtuoso Layout XL. However, due to the reuse of legacy designs, third-party tools, and the flexibility of the Virtuoso platform, a design can lose binding and connectivity.
Despite the layout being LVS clean, this loss of Virtuoso Layout XL compliance can result in incomplete or incorrect information in the design that can impact the layout process within the Virtuoso platform.
This blog highlights the functionality developed and enhanced in the IC23.1 release to facilitate a more user-friendly layout flow within Virtuoso. Each application requires a different level of compliance (XL compliance, Innovus Implementation compliance, and so on) and has a dedicated interface to check this compliance. ARC provides a single-user interface for all applications. It is available by default in the XL, EXL, and MXL tiers.
Each application has its own set of requirements regarding schematic correspondence and connectivity. All applications in the XL environment rely on the correspondence between the schematic and the layout, so these checks are shared. The XL-specific checks like Check Against Source (CAS), Update Binding, and Update Components and Nets (UCN) are consolidated under the “Schematic v Layout” application. Other applications like “Design Planner”, “Electrical Aware Design”, “Voltage-Dependent Rule”, and very recently, “Innovus” are available.
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