Artwork offers Free AIF Viewer

For Immediate Release

April 10, 2002

Santa Cruz, CA - Artwork Conversion is offering free of charge a Windows-based AIF viewer.

AIFVU reads the AIF 2.0 file format used for exchanging package design information and displays the package layout on screen. This enables chip and package designers to quickly view and verify the correctness of an AIF file before further processing.

The AIF File format is a simple ASCII database developed over the last two years by Artwork in cooperation with several large package OEMs and EDA companies. It describes the die, bond fingers, rings, wires, netlist and balls for a typical BGA style package. Artwork has put the AIF file format into the public domain so that any user or software developer can create tools to read and write the format.

AIFVU Display

The viewer is freely downloadable from Artwork's WEB site at:

The viewer runs on Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

Enhancements are being made to the viewer on a regular basis. AIFVU is the basic framework for a more advanced product to be released in the next few months that will include die IO planning, wirebonding and import/export functions.

For more Information


Artwork Contact
Steve DiBartolomeo
Applications Manager
Packaging Tools
Steve DiBartolomeo
(831) 426-6163

Additional Links and Information

The AIF WEB Page

AIF file format description, examples and usage.

The AIF2APD WEB Page Details on the working of the AIF import translator into APD.
The ReadAIF WEB Page

Details on the ReadAIF program which imports AIF directly into Cadence Virtuoso.

The FA4ST WEB page

Details on FA4ST, an AutoCAD program that does package feasability and outputs results in AIF file format.