March 4, 1996 Santa Cruz, CA
Artwork Joins PADS Software VIA Program
Artwork Conversion has joined PADS Software VIA Program for third
party integrators and developers. We will develop several translators
for PAD's family of PCB programs. These include:
PADS to GDSII Bidirectional Translator
This is a bidirectional translator between the PADS ASCII database
and the GDSII stream file format. This will enable PAD's designers
who need very precise glass masks to output GDSII data directly.
GDSII is the IC industry's standard mask description language.
This translator will be smart enough to convert lines with width, curved lines, all pad types including thermal reliefs and copper pour areas.
HP EEsof MSK to PADS
This translator will read the mask file format from HP EEsof's
Series IV microwave design software package and convert it into
PADS layout data.
This will provide microwave and RF designers an effective method
of transferring their optimized microwave layout into PADS.
Currenly, designers are getting from Series IV to PADS via two
translations - generally using DXF as an intermediate file format.
However essential data is lost - most microwave elements are equivalent to complex copper pour areas in PADS - but importing though the
DXF format loses both the copper pour attribute and also the internal voids information. The PADS designer is required to redraw the circuit manually.
All translators will be offered on Windows 95, NT, SunOS, Solaris and
Artwork Conversion Software, Inc. [Company Profile]
417 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Tel (831) 426-6163 Fax (831) 426-2824
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