There are a number of interesting tools in both the commercial and research/open source areas. While much of my work has been with various commercial packages, I have a number of open source packages installed. The open source tools are great for basic problems, experimentation, and a chance to look into the source code. Nothing like getting knee deep in code to really understand what is going on. I don’t intend to list all of them here, that’s already been well done on instead I’ll focus on installation, and usage.




Suprem4- v9305

Suprem4 was, and is, a workhorse for simulations for a wide range of companies. It is available both open source and from commercial suppliers. University development stopped in the mid-90’s, but commercial vendors continued until recently. Synopsys calls it tsuprem4, Silvaco has ssuprem4, which is part of their Athena toolset. The Stanford version supports both …

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