Hello everyone I would like to export my PCB design in gdsII format to work with it in ADS layout. The problem I have to deal with is that the exporting gdsII option is marked in grey so I can't use it. I attach an image.
Ty very much!
Why would you want to use GDS-II format to Agilent ADS?
It only becomes unintelligent shapes in Momentum
BTW, in absense of GDS-II you should be able to export DXF which ADS can import just as bad or good as GDS-II
I can see from the screen shot that you have the RF design license.
Do you have the ADS interface option also?
With the ADS I/F option you can send your design into Momentum much more conveniently and the transfered data is in better shape for analysis or optimization in ADS.
It also sends a substrate file for your stackup.
You can even use the ADS optimizer and feed optimized results back into Expedition.
Hello Per, and ty for your answer. You helped me in this post http://communities.mentor.com/thread/14893 before.
The reason is that I need to simulate the PCB layout in ADS but I couldn't set up the dynamic link between the softwares because I didin't have some licenses.
I try to export it as a gdsII file because I thougt that It would be better than exporting it as a DXF file. But you said that It wouldn't happen so I give up in this.
When you said ADS I/F did you mean the dynamic link?
GDSII export need Fablink pro license enabled. Agilent ADS now support ODB++, I suggest upo try to use ODB++.
Yes, I meant the "dynamic link"
Yanfeng has a good point. ODB++ should work better than DXF
How to import GDSII in expedition? What are the EDA tools support GDSII import/export?
Xpedition does not have GDS-II import.
The IC packaging tool Xpedition Package Designer have this capability in VX.2.3 (new product from VX.2.2)
If you must import GDS-II into Xpedition, there are tools on the interweb that can convert GDS-II into for example DXF that you can import.
-But what kind of data is it you want to import using GDS-II and what do you want hte imported data to become?
Just graphics on a user layer? -Or something more intelligent?
It's bandwidth matching design which as .gds as extension. I want to create the graphical information from .gds file as cell footprint. in Mentor.
By the way is there any other EDA tool support importing GDS files.
OK, I understand.
Xpedition Package Designer can import the GDS-II in design but not in cell editor
One option is to use KLayout (an open source tool that can read GDS-II) and import the GDS-II file and then export from KLayout in DXF format.
(Save as, chose DXF format)
You can import DXF in Cell Editor.
KLayout: KLayout Layout Viewer And Editor
This is obviously not a supported Mentor product but you can try it and see if it solves your needs this time.
Thanks. Other than Mentor is there any other EDA tool support GDS import.
Yes, tools for chip design or ic package design typically have gds import/export
Kindly specify the list of tool names. Eg:(Cadence allegro)
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