Tag: vlsi

Managing PDKs for Skywater130 Using Volare

Volare is a Python package intended to manage PDKs supported by OpenPDKs. It is used by DFFRAM and other projects.
In the future it probably is supposed to handle other PDKs as well, but as of 2022 only the Skywater PDK from Google is available.
The following is a brief overview of how to use volare.

Getting Started with Magic VLSI

Magic VLSI – or just Magic – is a free and open source VLSI layout software. Simply put Magic allows you to draw the mask layers used in a semiconductor facrication process. The Magic software is another “Berkeley Child” (like BSD and others) and first came into existence in the 1980s. Magic is still under active development as of late 2019.

Some Linux distributions offer a pre-build package for Magic from their package repository. Most often these packages are outdated and therefor it is best to build Magic from the sources.

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