- Design Rule Checking (DRC)
- Layout Versus Schematic (LVS)
- Library Symbols
- Parasitic EXtraction (PEX)
This foundry information is called a Process Design Kit or PDK for short. Now put yourself in the place of the foundry or IDM, and you want to support EDA tools from multiple vendors like: Cadence Design Systems, Mentor Graphics, Synopsys, Silvaco and Tanner EDA. That adds up to a lot of QA and PDK development effort to support so many EDA vendors and tools. There has to be an easier way to create PDKs instead of one vendor at a time.
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