Typical NETEX Applications
Spice Modeling and Parasitic Extraction
We originally wrote NETEX as an efficient way to select certain critical nets from a GDSII file so that a designer could then use a field analysis program to obtain an equivalent model.
A 3D field program is computationally intensive and it only makes sense to work on the particular areas of interest - not on the entire chip. NETEX can handle very large chips efficiently, and pull out the desired nets along with nearby metal needed for fringing capacitance calculations.
See the new application note on how NETEX can be used to extract large VDD/VSS nets for dynamic impedance simulations ...
Reliability and Failure Analysis
Later we found designers involved in failure analysis interested in NETEX because it made it easier for them to map the surface of their chips. The output from NETEX can be used in conjunction with our Qkcvu program to highlight all metal connected to a particular net -- something very useful when you are trying to probe from the surface of the chip.
Finally some design engineers found NETEX and Qckvu to be useful when viewing the GDSII files because it gives them a way to view a design by net. They can bring up a view that shows all traces and vias connected to a single net.