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I'm new to Cadence layout and was running a tutorial available in cdnshelp called the "Cell Design Tutorial". This tutorial is located in $CDSDIR/doc/celltut/celltut.pdf
It uses some Cadence supplied technology files and libraries available at $CDSDIR/tools.lnx86/dfII/samples/tutorials/le/cell_design/
The supplied library has a predefined a mux, including schematic and layout views. The LVS flow is to first extract connectivity from the layout by using the Verify -> Extract comand in Virtuoso. Next, LVS is performed between the extracted cell view and the schematic by running Verify -> LVS in Virtuoso. This results in an analysis error, i.e. LVS aborts, with the following log:
Begin netlist at: Aug 6 11:20:04 2008 view name list = ("auLvs" "schematic" "cmos_sch" "netlist" "symbol") stop name list = ("auLvs") library name = "master" cell name = "mux2" view name = "schematic" globals lib = "basic"End netlist: Aug 6 11:20:04 2008Begin netlist at: Aug 6 11:20:04 2008 view name list = ("auLvs" "extracted" "schematic" "symbol") stop name list = ("auLvs") library name = "master" cell name = "mux2" view name = "extracted" globals lib = "basic"global error:( pfet symbol ) in library sample has been changed since it was last extracted.global error:( nfet symbol ) in library sample has been changed since it was last extracted. si: Netlist did not complete successfully.End netlist: Aug 6 11:20:04 2008Comparison program did not complete. Check the log.
Can somebody please tell me how I can get rid of this? When I check the hierarchical tree, I find that the extracted layout consists of pfet and nfet ivpcells from the sample library. I'm guess its some sort of time stamping error. How can I force everything to be current?
Really appreciate any help!
Looks to me like you'll need to Check&Save the pfet and nfet symbols in the sample library so the netlister will complete.
In reply to dmay:
Derek, Many thanks for replying.
The sample library is a read only library. Is it necessary to actually copy this library somewhere and redefine everything to point to the new library? Is this some kind of bug?
In reply to dineshp:
Could someone also please shed some light on the following!
All the predefined cells in this particular tutorial use parameterised cells from a library called pCells. Nowhere is the samples library used in the actual layout, at any level of hierarchy. The explanation provided in the tutorial is that device occurences in the layout are identifed by being mapped to an instance of either an nfet or pfet ivpcell. An ivpcell is described as a special parameterized cell used by the verification program to display devices. It is my guess that these ivpcells reside in the samples library, and some mismatch with a time stamp causes the error.
Where is the rule that points to these particular ivpcells (i.e. the ones in the sample library) defined please? How can I change it?
Many thanks in advance.
It sounds like this would be a bug in the Sample library. Either open up the permissions and do the check and save so the sample is good for everyone who wants to use it, or make a copy, but a check & save is a requirement to fix cells that need extraction.
Thanks Allen, a few changes in the rule file to point to the corrrect cells fixed things.