At 06:48 AM 8/23/1999 -0500, you wrote:
>For the past year or two, we've been using ViewLogic's Spice
>Integration set of tools (ViewDraw, SpiceLink, ViewTrace, etc.)
>to perform the same task.
>For the most part, it works well. It has an simple and easy to
>learn interface, the schematic entry is straight forward, can
>directly write hspice-compatable decks, and allows for custom
>libraries. The one point I'm not certain on is "versions management."
>Overall, it has its pros (ease of use, cross-platform compatability,
>etc.) and cons (customization is difficult/limited, I personally
>don't like their standard libraries, plotting, etc.) like any
>other tool, but I believe it's worked well for our purposes as
>a GUI front end to Hspice. Again, we utilize our own form
>of "versions management" outside the tool, so I cannot comment
>on that aspect of it.
>If you have access to it or have the budget for it, we also use
>both Cadence's and Mentor's set of IC design tools as front
>ends. They work as well (in fact, our folks like them better),
>but they have a well defined cost ($$$) associated with them.
>In particular, the Cadence front end has a built-in waveform
>viewer that's quite nice and several integrated test point options
>that work well.
>If cost is not an issue, I'd suggest the Cadence
>IC tools route (of the three we use around here). If cost
>is an issue, I'd suggest ViewLogic's tool suite.
>> Hello SI-list members,
>> setting up and handling of signal integrity simulations above
>> a certain netlist complexity by manually writing HSPICE decks
>> is error-prone from our experience.
>> It seems to be a safer, a more descriptive and more effective way
>> to deal with schematic views.
>> So I am looking for a tool or set of tools which
>> * is suitable for the needs of signal integrity simulations
>> * has a schematic entry
>> * can write HSPICE netlists
>> * has model library management and design versions management
>> Any recommendations, advices or comments?
>> What is your experience concerning this topic?
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