[Libre-silicon-devel] KiCAD VLSI design

ludwig jaffe ludwig.jaffe at gmail.com
Mon Jan 21 21:11:41 CET 2019

Hi good point regarding the size of a PCB.
If you are fit with electric I would also support developing the c code as
I know some c and fast ferforming tools are written in c.
First thing to do is get latest c source and make a doxyfile with dot
enabled to generate caller and called graphs and some HTML to surf and
understand the code.

We should give electric a try provided we code c.

Cheers ludwig

On Monday, January 21, 2019, Jecel Assumpcao Jr. <jecel at merlintec.com>
> Since neither the older C nor the newer Java versions of Electric are
> being developed, my idea was to fork the C code. That is the one that
> was actually used commercially for IC design and the one that I had some
> experience in. I have no idea if there are improvements or bug fixes in
> the Java version or if it is a simple rewrite. Of the many rewrites I
> have seen, the only one I ever saw any value in was the change in Spice
> from Fortran to C as the original code's memory management was just too
> horrible due to Fortran's limitations.
> About KiCAD, it works great for the PCB sizes we use. But imagine trying
> to design a printed circuit of 15 meters by 20 meters. What changes
> would be needed in KiCAD to make this practical? This is what designing
> integrated circuits is like - the ratio of feature size to project size
> is four orders of magnitude or more.
> -- Jecel
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