Cadence to OEM Artwork's AIF Translators

For Immediate Release

November 7, 2001

Santa Cruz, CA - Cadence Design Systems has entered into an agreement with Artwork Conversion Software to incorporate Artwork's AIF translators into the next release of Cadence's Advanced Package Designer (APD). APD users who upgrade to the 14.2 release will have AIF read and write capability.

This will enable packaging engineers to easily transfer basic information about the package to other CAD tools and to the die designers.

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.

apd to aif flow chart

Artwork has developed several tools to import and export AIF from AutoCAD - making the AIF format very useful for package documentation and for package protoyping. A new translator, ReadAIF, imports AIF directly into Cadence Virtuoso enabling IC designers to visualize the wires, bondfingers, rings and balls in their own environment.

For more Information


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


Cadence Contact
Joel McGrath
Sr. Marketing Manager
Advanced Packaging Technologies
(978) 262-6104

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.