Running CIF2GDS

The Command Line

CIF2GDS is controlled by the command line and by a configuration file called CIF.CFG.



cif2gds [Input_file]  [output_file]  [options]

r
input_file
name of the CIF file to translate. May include full path name. This can be a filename or "-" to indicate that it was taken from the std input
Output_file
name of the GDSII file to create. May include full path name.

Options may be any of:
-o
-e [h|f|r]
convert wires to outline
specify the path endtype to be flush, half extended or round. The default is half extended: -eh
-b [b|p] specifiy boxes to be output as paths or boundaries. The default is boundaries: -bb
-m miter square ended acute path vertices. This applies to the-o (outline) options only
-sX scale the ouput by X.
-w suppress warning messages
-q quiet mode. suppresses all screen I/O. Useful when running this program from a script or calling it from another program. Actually redirects screen messages to a file "input_file_name .log".

Command line options override any settings found in the CIF.CFG file.

Interactive Mode

If you do not specify any items on the command line the program will go into interactive mode and prompt the user for all filenames and options. The defaults that the program displays may be modified if a CIF.CFG file has been located by the program.

cif2gds [enter]

Enter CIF filename:
test1.cif [enter]

Enter Output filename:
test1.gds: [enter]

Enter Output Multiplier
(CIF default units in 1/100 um) : 1.0000 [enter]

Enter Wire Output Option
[outline, path] path: [enter]

Enter Endtype Output Option
[flush, extended, round] E: [enter]

Enter Box output Option:
[outline, path] O: [enter]

Continue?
[yes, no] Y: [enter]

Begin first pass...

Begin second pass...

Done

Outputting test1.gds


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