This chapter introduced the reader to various terminology and concepts used by Synopsys.
Starting from a brief description and purpose of some of the tools provided by Synopsys, the chapter covered the Synopsys environment that included examples of startup files needed for PhyC, DC and PT, followed by the concepts of Objects, Variables and Attributes.
A brief introduction was also provided for the find command and its usefulness. Different Synopsys formats were discussed along with Design entry methods. The advantages and disadvantages of using read versus analyze/elaborate command were also covered.
Finally, the chapter concluded by describing some of the most useful directives used by DC for the purpose of hiding simulation only constructs. Throughout the chapter, various examples were provided to facilitate the user in understanding these concepts.
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