june, 2017

20jun1:00 PM3:00 PMDAC Event: OpenAccess Script Symposium -- Scripting Made Easy1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CST Austin Convention Center--Room 7 Event Organized By: Silicon Integration Initiative

Event Details


OpenAccess Script brings unmatched power and flexibility to EDA engineers. It opens the door to the OA database by allowing engineers to easily write OA scripts using the industry’s most popular languages:  Perl, Python, Ruby and Tcl.  Join us for two oaScript success stories, and an introduction to our new integrated learning system for OpenAccess and oaScript.

Experience how OpenAccess and oaScript
Solve Your Specific Design Challenges

Attendees are eligible to receive a demonstration copy of the tool.


Admission:  Complimentary


EDA Scripting Unleashed


James Masters
Engineering Manager
Intel Corp.

In many traditional design flows, high-performance robust EDA capabilities are limited to formal EDA tools. Design Automation (DA) engineers build additional project-specific capabilities either by using an EDA tool’s proprietary scripting API or by creating a standalone lightweight script that relies upon translation of design data into other formats. This results in extra runtime overhead, additional possible points of failure, and a burden of working with lossy design data formats.

With the advent of oaScript, DA engineers can quickly write scripts that directly read and write OpenAccess (data using one of their favorite scripting languages – Perl, Python, Ruby, or Tcl. Also, a new OA extension — “oaxPop” (OA eXtension Polygon Operators) — provides high-speed layer manipulation and boolean operations directly within an oaScript. The combination of oaScript with oaxPop enables a DA engineer to write high-performance robust EDA capabilities without the overhead of using a formal EDA tool.

What You’ll Learn

  • How oaScript and oaxPop combine to create real-life applications that are used in a production design flow.

About the Speaker

James Masters graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with an emphasis on computer programming. He has worked at Intel Corporation for more than 20 years in various full-custom design implementation roles.

James is currently managing a team focused on improving custom layout productivity for Intel’s advanced process technologies. He is an advocate of open standards that help streamline the design flow and maximize productivity and reuse.

A Scripting Environment for Efficient Design Creation


Jurgen Thies
President and Owner
Juspertor Gmbh

Using scripts in the design flow is a common task. But the efficient design of scripts can be a challenge. Useful tools and a sophisticated development environment can boost scripting productivity. In this presentation, we will discuss how to get started with oaScript faster and be more productive.

What You’ll Learn

  • Getting started with oaScript
  • Scripting in Python, Ruby and TCL
  • Mixing oaScript with other scripting extension modules
  • Debugging scripts and designs
  • Scripting applications

About the Speaker

Jürgen Thies founded the LayoutEditor project in 2004 as open-source software for editing IC and MEMS designs. In 2009 LayoutEditor became a commercial but still inexpensive application often use for high-end applications beyond the mainstream. Jürgen is owner and president of Juspertor GmbH, the company behind LayoutEditor software.


Interactive, On-Demand Training for the OpenAccess Standard and Scripting


Chris Henderson
Semitracks, Inc.

Si2 and its partner, Semitracks, have developed an interactive, on-demand training site to help engineers learn about the OpenAccess standard and how to write simple scripts to harness the power of OA.  The site is based on an industry-standard Learning Management System (Moodle).  It provides unique user accounts and password for the engineer, the ability to systematically cover topics related to the OA standard and scripting, interactive course materials to “learn by doing” and quizzes to test the engineer’s knowledge and retention.  Once complete, the user can print out a certificate of completion.  The system is also a reference source for potential OpenAccess questions. Si2 will add content in the future to provide even more in-depth training on this important topic.

What You’ll Learn

  • An overview of the Learning Management System
  • How to log in and access materials
  • What materials are currently available in the system
  • How a course section works
  • How a quiz works
  • How to print a certificate of completion

About the Speaker

Chris Henderson received his B.S. in Physics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and his M.S.E.E. from the University of New Mexico.  Chris is the president and one of the founders of Semitracks Inc., a United States-based company that provides education and training to the semiconductor industry.  From 1988 to 2004 he worked at Sandia National Laboratories, where he was a principal member of Technical Staff in the Failure Analysis Department and Microsystems Partnerships Department.  His job responsibilities have included reliability, failure and yield analysis of components fabricated at Sandia’s Microelectronics Development Laboratory, research into the electrical behavior of defects, and consulting on microelectronics issues for the Department of Defense.


(Tuesday) 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CST


Austin Convention Center--Room 7

500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701


Silicon Integration Initiative9111 Jollyville Road, Austin TX 78759

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