11.2.1. Netlist fragments, models, and the project file

The first step in setting a new project is to create a folder that will hold all of the project’s files. After the directory is created we change into it.

mkdir evaluation
cd evaluation

Next, we are going to copy the MOS models (cmos180n.lib), and the netlist fragments (miller.inc, mosmm.inc, topdc.inc, and toprr.inc) to the newly created folder. The explanation of these files can be found in section Simulator input files (Spice Opus) of the Miller opamp design demo.

Now the files are ready and we can start the GUI.

pyog miller.pog

The GUI window pops up. Now we can set up the project. In the GUI window we can add some comments under the “information” node of the project.


Adding a comment to the project.

Next, we are going to add the input files to the project. This is neccessary because when a task wil be started a task folder will be created and these files will be copied there. If the GUI does not know of a file that is needed by the simulator this file will be missing and the simulator will fail. Files can be added by right-clicking the “Files & Folders” tree node and selecting “Add item after” in the context menu. An alternative approach is to select the “Files & folders” tree node and adding a new row to the table in the right half of the Project tab. This can be achieved by right-clicking on the table and selecting the “Add row after” option in the context menu. Adding new items in trees and tables after a seelcted item/row is a common operating and it makes sense to remember the shortcut which is Ctrl+Return.

As soon as you add a file the GUI will check if it exists and display this information in the table. You can also add complete folders. This comes handy if your device models come in multiple files. You simply pot them in a subfolder and add it to the project.


Adding files and folders to the project.

By default files and folders are assumed to be external. If you uncheck the external option the item is assumed to be a file that is specified as part of the procject. Such files can be edited by selecting their entry in the project tree. They are dumped to the task folder when a design task is started.


Viewing external files in the GUI.

If you select an entry in the project tree corresponding an external file or folder its contents will be displayed, but you won’t be able to edit it.

Note that it is good practice to save the project from time to time by selecting File/Save in the main menu (or pressing Ctrl+S).