The Purpose of this Site

This site describes how ECE department users can access the Cadence CAD tools, and attempts to dispel common misconceptions about the suite that have been preventing widespread use. We have been using Cadence for several years now. This site should give you an idea of the mechanics of our local installation, but is not a tutorial for using the software. On-line tutorials are provided by Cadence, and this document will show you how to find them.

This site is continuously under construction. If you find problems with it ( wrong or missing information, for instance) please let us know ENGR-IT so the poor students reading this document next year won't get stuck and confused on the same issues that you did. Instead, they will get to grapple with Version 2.0, with even more mystery challenges and extraneous information! Thanks in advance for future feedback.

"What does Cadence do, and why do I need it?"

Cadence is a commercial supplier of computer aided design software.They control the bulk of this market, which means there is a good chance you will be using some part of the Cadence suite when you go t o work. The suite of tools, usually referred to as ``Cadence,''includes all the CAD software required to design integrated circuits and circuit boards. This includes schematic capture, hardware description languages such as Verilog and VHDL, simulation of analog, mixed signal, and digital circuits, layout, logic synthesis, design rule checking, place and route, and extraction of CAM files such as CIF, GDSII, and Gerber which can be sent to appropriate fabrication service, including MOSIS. The Cadence tools a re designed to handle industrial tasks of very high complexity. As such, they are quite a bit more sophisticated than other CAD tools we have in the department such as Magic and PSpice. Unfortunately, increased sophistication and capability requires a steeper learning curve than those other tools.

Common ECE Department Myths about Cadence