Digital VLSI Chip Design
with Cadence and Synopsys
CAD Tools

By Erik Brunvand

General Information

This site contains extra information about this book including data files, scripts, information about the tools, and color versions of all the figures in the book. It is organized according to the book's chapters, with some additional information about technology libraries and cell libraries included as well.

NEW as of May 2011 - I have begun updating the text for the IC v6 tools from Cadence. That's still ongoing. But, while that's going on, I have updated the Other Information to include OA (Open Access) versions of the technology files and cell libraries that can be used for the v6 tools.By way of explaination - the IC v5 tools used CDB (Cadence Data Base) as their basic database format. Starting with v6, the fundamental database has changed to OA (Open Access). In order to use the v6 tools you must convert old projects to the OA format. The new versions of the tech files and libraries are in OA format and should work with the v6 tools (we've been using them with the v6 tools at the University of Utah since Fall 2010).

Please note that all this information is provided "as is" and without any warranty of any kind. Please use the information at your own risk.

Communication is welcome at elb at

Information by Chapter

Other Information

  • Technology Files
    • UofU_TechLib_ami06 - UofU-modified tech library for AMI C5N 0.5 micron CMOS in the NCSU CDK framework

    • UofU_Analog_Parts - UofU-modified transistor models that add delay to the switch-level simulation of those devices

  • CMOS standard cell libraries
    • UofU_Example
      (7 cells, M1 and M2 used in cells)

    • UofU_Digital_v1_2
      (37 cells, M1 and M2 used in cells)

    • UofU_Digital_v2 (coming soon...)
      (65 cells, M1 only in cells)

    • UofU_Pads
      (Pad cells based on the MOSIS-supplied .5 micron pads from Tanner, but UofU-modified so that they pass DRC and LVS

  • Cadence V5 to V6 conversion guide
    • I'm working on a new edition of the book that will use the Cadence V6 tools. In the meantime, this conversion guide has details on the differences.

  • Other Links (coming soon...)


Last modified May 11, 2011.