GDSII Stream format is the standard file format for transfering/archiving 2D graphical design data. It contains a hiearchy of structures, each structure containing. Beyond that, let me say that the stream format is quite simple. I suspect that the people at Calma put a lot of thought into creating a file that. Learn files and view a list of programs that open them.

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I haven’t seen this since the days of 9 track tapes on reels, but just in case, here we go They sure did that with the layer numbers and data types. The GDSII Stream format manual says that a record may be infinitely long, but frankly, I don’t see how it can get over bytes long, since the first two bytes of the record header are an unsigned integer that forrmat the length of the record.

An AREF has exactly three pairs of coordinates, which specify the orthogonal array lattice. While these attributes were designed to correspond to the “layers of material” used in manufacturing an integrated circuit, their meaning rapidly became more abstract to reflect the way that the physical layout is designed.

Sort of an “include” element. That is to say, that a number of elements are grouped into a cell or structure, and then that structure is used or instanced or placed many many times. Layers and datatypes used for mask in a filtered stream file.


After activating this option with the SetupDialog or via a macro, all box elements will be saved as a polygon. The technical limit of the file format structure is points, which is allowed in version 7. Bit 15 rightmost specifies template data.


If it is set, then reflection about the X axis is applied before angular rotation. The count tells you where one record ends and another formatt.

Bit 0 leftmost specifies reflecton. The third byte of the header gdsik the record type also known as a “token”. This enormous base of legacy code is probably what is slowing the transition to alternatives in particular OASIS. This number must be at least 2 and not more than Webarchive template wayback links. There is a section below with hexadecimal values of the various record types and a brief description of the types. Neither the number of columns nor the number of rows may exceed 32, decimal and both are positive.

The GDSII Stream Format

These free tools include editors, [2] [3] [4] viewers, [5] utilities to convert the 2D layout data into common 3D formats, [6] [7] utilities to convert the binary format to a human readable ASCII format [8] and program libraries.

All other bits are currently unused and must be cleared to 0. The attribute number is an integer from 1 to It won’t make a lot of sense without that formqt. Two- and four-byte signed integers use the usual twos complement format for negative values. An array of coordinates in data base units. The fifth data type is the “Four-Byte Real”.

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A bit dated now, but in its day This option is rarely needed and the default for this function is off.


Plex numbers are not commonly used. The first most significant bit of the first byte is the sign, one means negative, 0 means positive. The first and last point of a boundary must coincide. Geometrical objects may also be tagged with “datatypes”, which can be used for any purpose, but are most commonly used to group together similarly sized objects for compensation of the proximity effect.

I’ve listed the essential ones here:. Reading the first line below, we see that the file begins with the bytes 00 06 00 02, telling us that the first record contains 6 bytes, that the first record is type 00 the headerggdsii that record contains data of type 02 two-byte signed integer. If this record is omitted, then top-left justification and font 0 are assumed.