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Amkor Adopts AIF as Input to Design Center

December 2, 2000

Amkor Technology has adopted the AIF file format as the preferred input from IC designers to their design center. AIF was jointly developed by Artwork Conversion Software and Amkor as a "neutral" file that describes a chip's pad ring - it includes the pad's size, coordinates, net or signal name and destination ball or pin.

  AIF enables the design center to quickly place the die into either an existing Open Tool Package or to start a custom laminate design without the need to massage the customer's data manually.

In order to speed up the adoption of AIF, Artwork has developed several software tools and a WEB site that enables chip designers to create AIF, verify it and manipulate the data.

What's in a AIF File
Describes the basic sections of the AIF file and their syntax.
  Creating an AIF file with Excel
Describes how to create an AIF file using MS Excel.
  Creating an AIF from GDSII
Describes the program, SmartDie, used to read, scan and convert a pad ring layer into AIF.
Sample AIF Files
Shows simple and complex AIF files and their associated layout.
  Common Errors
Describes the most common errors made when creating an AIF File.
  Multi Die AIF
A special version of AIF II designed to contain multiple die (MCM)
Amkor Adopts AIF Format
Amkor Technology, the world's largest contract assembler has adopted AIF as its preferred format for exchanging die data ...
  Read AIF into Cadence APD
You can read an AIF file directly into Cadence APD with this SKILL program. All intelligence is transferred.
  Wire Attach Offset
describes how to support a wire attach point offset in AIF without breaking a proper AIF reader ...
Importance of Net Names!
An explantion of the value of adding net names to your die pad list ...
  How to Extend AIF
Writing your own AIF tools? How to add your own extensions so that you won't break other's AIF parsers.
AIF Viewer web page..

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