Electrical & Computer Engineering     |     Carnegie Mellon

Tuesday, October 31, 12:00-1:00 p.m. HH-1112


Elias Fallon
Cadence Design Systems

SKILL - Easy Access To Design Data

Your advisor just gave you a project: Here is some customer data; how many of the vias have names that are anagrams. You look at the data, there are a bunch of GDSII files, some LEF-DEFs, and some big directory trees with with .oa files. What do you do? Write your own parser? Search the web for something free that may not work? Or use already installed software, and an easy to use language to quickly answer the question? The SKILL language allows easy inspection and quick prototyping of functions and features in the Cadence Virtuoso environment. We'll demonstrate some of the features and functionality of SKILL and show how to learn more about Skill on your own. In addition, we'll show a quick preview of the IC 6.1.0 release of Virtuoso DFII, coming out soon.


Elias Fallon is an Engineer Director at Cadence Design Systems where he has worked for 2.5 years, since the acquisition of Neolinear (where he was employee #3). He graduated from the ECE department at CMU (MS/1998, BS/1997). He manages a team of 10 developers concentrating on automating and assisting with analog layout design and the new unified constraint system. Elias is author or co-author on 3 patents and has a few more waiting at the patent office. He's a member of the Board of Directors of UCP of Pittsburgh, has a wife and an 18 month old son.