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Does anyone work with CIF (Caltech Intermediate Format) files in LabVIEW?

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Hey everyone,

 

Does anyone work with CIF (Caltech Intermediate Format) files? These are files that are generated by IC layout programs, such as TannerEDA L-Edit, which define the layers and layout of masks used in VLSI semiconductor device processing (photolithography).

 

I would like to parse these CIF files to generate a wafer map of the devices for use in on-wafer testing. Currently, a shot map is made and then I manually go through and define row and column coordinates for the edge of a wafer and various drop-in locations. I would like to automate this process, and I know if can be done by reading these CIF files. However, I don't really know how to read them, and I can only get so much information from the Wikipedia page and from the original paper.

 

So I ask: does anyone have a set of VIs that make reading CIF files easier? Or, can anyone who works with them help me with my problem? I can describe it in much better detail once someone comes along...

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I know for sure that I have a CIF viewer/parser in Mathematica. I think I have most if not all of it in LV as well. I will have to dig a little for it.
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Oh excellent! Aside from LabVIEW, the other language that I know well is Mathematica, so that works out perfectly. If you can't find the LV stuff, the Mathematica stuff would be helpful.

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Here is one of my CIF notebooks from Mathematica (remove the .txt extension obviously).  I used this one to create a new CIF file with four instances of the object contained in a file.

 

You can load a file by the following:

 

symName = loadCIF;

 

You can see the layers:

 

CIFlayers[symName]

 

You can view the layers:

 

Show[{viewCIFlayer[symName,layer #,color]}]

 

(add multiple layers to the list if desired)

 

If you have a typical CIF file I can also test to see that it recognizes the objects you use, I typically stick to polygons and boxes.

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Thanks.

 

I'll use this code to try and make something useful in LV.

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