Design kits typically consist of technology files and device libraries. Combined with the CAD tool, kits allow you to design an integrated circuit in a specific process technology. Analog and digital circuit design and layout are usually supported.

Typical Kit Contents

  • Mask layer information to enable creation of integrated circuit layouts
  • DRC (design rule check) rules to check the layout for conformance with manufacturing rules
  • Schematic components, circuit simulation models and layout extraction rules to enable simulation of both schematics and layouts
  • LVS (layout versus schematic) rules to assist with design verification (do my schematic and layout represent the same circuit?)
  • Characterized device libraries with digital logic cells, analog cells, input/output pads, and more
    Datasheets on the cells
  • Numerous technology files that configure the CAD tools correctly for startup, configuration, maintenance, and bug fixes
  • Additional technology files, filter scripts and documentation on exporting a design from Synopsys tools and importing into Cadence tools
  • Documentation to assist the user with the design flow. Designs can be captured with the layout editor, schematic editor, HDL (Verilog and VHDL) editors or imported via GDSII, EDIF, Verilog, or VHDL. Output is usually an integrated circuit design in GDSII format, ready for fabrication.

All of this functionality permits full custom design and semi custom design for digital, analog and mixed signal design.


Experimental/Emerging Technologies Kits

Design Kit or Process CAD Tools Supported or Required
Interposer Platform PDK for 2.5D Integration
Tanner L-Edit and S-Edit
Open-Gate Silicon JFET
Tanner L-Edit and Synopsys Sentaurus


Microelectronics Kits

Design Kit or Process CAD Tools Supported or Required
Analog/Mixed Signal Design
STM 28 nm CMOS FD SOI Cadence
STM 28 nm CMOS LP Cadence
TSMC 65 nm CMOS GP Cadence
TSMC 0.13 µm CMOS
TSMC 0.18 µm CMOS Cadence
AMS 0.35 µm CMOS Cadence
TSMC 0.35 µm CMOS Cadence


Photonics Kits

Design Kit or Process CAD Tools Supported or Required
CMC/CPFC III-V Design Workshop dw-2000
AMF Si Photonics
Mentor Graphics Pyxis
Silicon Photonics Design Platform
Luceda IPKISS.EDA, Tanner L-Edit and S-Edit, etc.



Design Kit or Process CAD Tools Supported or Required
Teledyne DALSA MIDIS Tanner L-Edit, Cadence, CoventorWare
Micralyne MicraGEM-Si
Tanner L-Edit
Tanner L-Edit, MEMS Pro, CoventorWare
MEMS Pro, CoventorWare