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Bartels AutoEngineer® Documentation

Bartels AutoEngineer®
Version 4.2
Release Notes

The Bartels AutoEngineer® - Version 4.2 - Release Notes provide detailed information about new features, enhancements, changes and bug-fixing introduced with Bartels AutoEngineer Version 4.2. Forward compatibility from earlier versions to Bartels AutoEngineer Version 4.2 is ensured, but not backward compatibility.

 

Contents

1General
1.1Bartels AutoEngineer Product Line
1.2System Requirements
1.3Documentation
1.4Installing on Windows and DOS Platforms
1.5Installing on Linux and UNIX Platforms
1.6Parameter Setup and Program Start
1.7User Interface
1.8Symbol and Part Libraries
2Schematic Editor
2.1General
2.2Backannotation
2.3Part Attributes
2.4Part and Pin Name Display
2.5Bustap Functions
2.6Text Definitions
3Packager
3.1General
3.2User Interface
3.3Backannotation
3.4Attribute Transfer
4Layout Editor
4.1General
4.2Input Grid and Angle Lock
4.3Trace Processing
4.4Via Definitions
4.5Group Functions
4.6Design Rule Check
5Autoplacement
5.1General
5.2Placement Preferences
5.3Automatic Copper Fill
6Autorouter
6.1General
6.2Routing Status Report
6.3Autorouter Algorithms
6.4Routing Areas in BAE HighEnd
7CAM Processor
7.1General
7.2Gerber Photo Plot
7.3Power Layer Plot
8CAM View
8.1General
8.2Creating Layouts from Gerber Data
8.3Milling Data Processing
9Neural Rule System
9.1General
9.2Autoplacement Preferences
9.3Blind and Buried Via Definitions
9.4Routing Areas in BAE HighEnd
10Utilities
10.1BAESETUP, BSETUP
10.2CONCONV
10.3COPYDDB
10.4LOGLIB
10.5NETCONV
10.6VALCONV
11Bartels User Language
11.1General
11.2User Language Compiler
11.3User Language Interpreter
11.4System Functions
11.5BAE User Language Programs
Tables
1BAE Software License Files
2BAE Graphic Device Drivers
3BAE System File Environment Variables

 

1 General

 

1.1 Bartels AutoEngineer Product Line

The following software configurations of Bartels AutoEngineer Version 4.2 are available:

  • Bartels AutoEngineer Professional
  • Bartels AutoEngineer HighEnd
  • Bartels AutoEngineer Educate/Entry

Bartels AutoEngineer Professional is the basic BAE software configuration. BAE Professional is available for PCs with Windows, Linux or DOS operating systems. SCM and/or Layout only configurations of BAE Professional are provided to satisfy special customer needs. BAE Demo software configurations of BAE Professional (fully-featured except for data output) are also available for test and evaluation purposes.

Bartels AutoEngineer HighEnd with its advanced features and functions such as high speed kernel, cross-probing, rule-driven Neural Autorouter, etc. is available for workstations and for PC systems (Windows NT, Windows 95/98, Linux).

Bartels AutoEngineer Educate/Entry is available for PCs with Windows, Linux or DOS operating systems. BAE Educate is a low-price BAE configuration with considerably reduced functionality for educational purposes and/or semi-professional users.

The following software modules are optionally available with the workstation-based BAE systems:

  • Bartels AutoEngineer IC Design
  • Bartels AutoEngineer Mixed Mode Simulator

Bartels AutoEngineer IC Design (BAEICD) is a complete CAD/CAM system for the physical design of integrated circuits (gate arrays, standard cells, custom ICs and/or ASICs). BAEICD consists of a series of system components such as IC Mask Editor, IC Autoplacement, IC Autorouter, IC DRC (Design Rule Check) and GDS-II and CIF standard interfaces.

Bartels AutoEngineer Mixed Mode Simulator (BAESIM) is a compiler-driven simulator for mixed analog/digital circuits. BAESIM provides direct access to the net list data generated with the BAE Schematic Editor.

 

1.2 System Requirements

General System Requirements

A VGA or higher resolution monitor and a mouse or a corresponding pointing device are required on any BAE platform.

Up to 40 Mbytes hard disk space are required for installing the BAE software.

Operating System

BAE Professional and BAE Educate/Entry versions are available for Linux (Kernel 2.0.x), Windows NT 4.0, Windows NT 3.51, Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows 3.x and MS-DOS.

BAE HighEnd systems are available for Hewlett-Packard 9000/7xx workstations with OSF/Motif and/or X11, and for PCs with Linux (Kernel 2.0.x), Windows NT 4.0, Windows NT 3.51, Windows 98 and Windows 95 operating systems.

PC System Requirements

PC systems should at least be equipped with a 80486DX processor. Any greater processor such as Pentium or compatibles is beneficiary.

A minimum of 8 Mbytes RAM is required for DOS and Windows 3.1 systems (16 Mbytes RAM recommended).

A minimum of 16 Mbytes RAM is required for Windows 95/98/NT and Linux systems (32 Mbytes RAM or more for Windows recommended).

The BAE software is usually provided on CD-ROM, i.e., a CD-ROM drive is required to install the software.

A hardlock key is used to protect productive (i.e., non-Demo) DOS and Windows versions against software piracy. I.e., a printer port (LPT1, LPT2 or LPT3) is required to run productive BAE versions under DOS and/or Windows.

Productive (i.e., non-Demo) Linux versions must have an Ethernet card to allow for software authorization check.

 

1.3 Documentation

Both the Bartels AutoEngineer User Manual and the Bartels User Language Programmer's Guide have been completely revised and are provided in HTML format.

 

1.4 Installing on Windows and DOS Platforms

Preparing for Update Installations

The BAE library and User Language directory contents are replaced when performing update installations. It is strongly recommended to backup any user-specific data from these directories before installing the BAE update and to restore the required data afterwards.

The bsetup.dat file from the BAE programs directory always re-installed when performing BAE Update Installations. I.e., it is not necessary to run the time-consuming batch for compiling the BAE User Language programs provided with the BAE software. However, user-specific BAE parameter settings stored with the existing bsetup.dat file will get lost and must be restored after successfully installing the BAE software using the bsetup utility program (or the Setup function available from the BAE main menu of the Windows/Motif versions). Customer-specific User Language programs developed and compiled under the previously installed BAE version must also be re-compiled after performing the BAE Update Installation.

Running the Install Program

For installing the BAE software, the CD-ROM must be inserted to the CD-ROM drive, and the drive and directory must be set accordingly. E.g., to install the BAE software from CD-ROM drive D, insert the BAE CD-ROM to CD-ROM drive D, and enter the following commands to the DOS prompt:

>  D: Return/Enter Key (CR) 
>  install Return/Enter Key (CR)

Once the install program has been started, the instructions issued on the screen should be followed carefully. First you will be asked for the BAE language version (e.g., English, German, etc.) and for the operating system host platform (DOS, Windows NT, Windows 3.x, etc.).

The install program provides different modes for performing either new Installation or Update installations. The Update install mode is strongly recommended when just updating from earlier BAE Versions; this will prevent the install program from overwriting special BAE system and setup files ending on .dat, .def and .fnt (otherwise user-defined color tables, aperture tables, fonts, layer definitions, library access path settings and menu setups stored with these files might get lost).

After selecting the install mode, you will be prompted to specify the destination directories for installing the programs, the libraries, the User Language source files and the examples and test jobs. You can exclude certain destination directories by deleting the corresponding path names. More experienced BAE users can, e.g., suppress the installation of the BAE example jobs or re-install certain parts of the BAE software later. For security reasons, the install parameter settings will be verified with user query before starting the installation process. The destination directories will be created automatically on request. The install program automatically copies the BAE software files to the selected destination directories on the hard disk.

At the end of the install process the install program asks for the licensed BAE software configuration in order to install the correct software authorization file (see table 1). When installing the DOS version, the user will also be asked to select the graphic device driver to be installed (see table 2).

Installing the Software Security Module

The BAE PC software for Windows and DOS (except for the Demo software configuration) is protected by a hardlock key (dangle) which must be plugged onto one of the parallel ports (LPT1, LPT2 or LPT3) of your PC. Switch off your computer before mounting the hardlock key shipped with the software; otherwise the dangle could be damaged by high voltage! If you have connected a peripheral device such as a laser printer to the hardlock key, then you must always switch on the peripheral device before switching on your computer to ensure correct hardware authorization check.

The BAE PC software provides the license files according to the available software configurations as shown in the table below. You will be asked to select the BAE software configuration (and thus the appropriate license file) when installing the BAE software. Make sure to select the BAE software configuration to be installed and/or authorized on your computer.

Table 1: BAE Software License Files

Software ConfigurationLicense File NameNote
BAE Demodemo.cfgno Hardlock Key, no (CAM) output
BAE Professionalautoeng.cfgSCM and Layout
BAE Schematicsschema.cfgSCM only
BAE Layoutlayout.cfgLayout only
BAE HighEndhighend.cfgSCM and Layout
BAE Entry/Educateeducate.cfgSCM and Layout

The router.cfg license file matching the BAE software configuration authorized on your computer must be available in the BAE programs directory. I.e., to install the correct license file you can also copy the desired CFG file to router.cfg in the BAE programs directory instead of selecting the valid BAE configuration during BAE software installation. E.g., the Demo software can be configured by simply copying the demo.cfg file in the BAE programs directory to router.cfg.

Note that the BAE Demo software configuration is the only one to run without a hardlock key, since BAE Demo software is intended for evaluation purposes only. BAE Demo cannot produce any CAM or User Language output. BAE Demo masks SCM sheet and/or Layout board elements to prevent from processing with productive software configurations afterwards. I.e., the BAE user version are not able to read Demo jobs, however we are able to convert these jobs.

Windows NT Hardlock Key Check Driver

Special driver software is required for hardlock key check when running the BAE Windows and/or DOS software under Windows NT. To install this driver software, simply start an MS-DOS-Prompt, change to the BAE programs directory, and enter the following command (system administrator rights are required):

> hlinst . Return/Enter Key (CR)

Ensure that Boot Device is selected with the Startup option of the Hardlock hardware device to be configured from the Hardware Devices dialog of the System Control panel. Note that the system must be re-booted after successfully installing the Windows NT hardlock key check driver software.

Selecting the BAE DOS Graphic Device Driver

With the Windows versions of the BAE software there is no BAE graphic device driver installation required since BAE Windows software runs under the graphic interface of the corresponding operating system.

The DOS versions of the BAE software are shipped with a series of graphic device drivers. During installation you will be asked to select an appropriate BAE graphic device driver. Table 2 provides the list of graphic device drivers supplied with the DOS PC software of the Bartels AutoEngineer. Please select the graphic device driver matching the video adapter and/or graphic card installed with your computer. It is recommended to install the standard VGA driver VGA480, if you are not sure about which driver to select since VGA480 is assumed to run on almost any PC system, and you can always select a different driver (e.g., with higher resolution) later (see below).

Table 2: BAE Graphic Device Drivers

Graphic DriverTypeResolutionChip Set/Manufacturer
CCD480.DEVPGA640x 480IGC (Cad Card)
EGA350.DEVEGA640x 350Standard
EGA480EW.DEVEEGA640x 480EGA Wonder
EGA480GE.DEVEEGA640x 480Genoa, ATI
EGA600EW.DEVEEGA800x 600EGA Wonder
EGA600GE.DEVEEGA800x 600Genoa, ATI
EGA600PA.DEVEEGA800x 600Paradise
QPC1024.DEV-1280x1024Datapath QPDM
QPDM768.DEVVGA1024x 768AMD QPDM
QPDM1024.DEVVGA1280x1024AMD QPDM
VGA480.DEVVGA640x 480Tseng ET3000 / ET4000
VGA600.DEVVGA800x 600Tseng ET3000 / ET4000
VGA768.DEVVGA1024x 768Tseng ET3000
TSENG768.DEVVGA1024x 768Tseng ET4000
VESA600.DEVVESA800x 600various
VESA768.DEVVESA1024x 768various
MACH768.DEV-1024x 768ATI Mach 64
MACH1024.DEV-1280x1024ATI Mach 64
MACH1200.DEV-1600x1200ATI Mach 64
MGA600.DEV-800x 600Matrox Millenium/Mystique
MGA768.DEV-1024x 768Matrox Millenium/Mystique
MGA1024.DEV-1280x1024Matrox Millenium/Mystique
MGA1200.DEV-1600x1200Matrox Millenium/Mystique
TIGA.DEVTIvariableTexas TMS34010 / TMS34020

The graphic driver .dev file matching the video adapter and/or graphic card of your computer must be copied to the bae.dev file in the BAE programs directory. This is achieved either by selecting the correct driver during BAE software installation or by manually copying the desired .dev file in the BAE programs directory to bae.dev.

Setting up the DOS Environment

It is strongly recommended to add the BAE programs directory path to the PATH environment variable. Load the autoexec.bat file to your text editor and check whether autoexec.bat contains a PATH statement or not. If there is already a PATH statement defined in autoexec.bat, then just add the following program path link to the PATH statement (assume BAE programs directory c:\bae):

;c:\bae

If there is no PATH statement defined in autoexec.bat, then insert the following PATH statement (assume BAE programs directory c:\bae):

PATH=c:\bae

You can also insert the following command at the end of the autoexec.bat file to include the BAE programs directory path name with the PATH variable:

PATH c:\bae;%path%

The config.sys file must contain the following statements:

BUFFERS=<b>
FILES=<f>

The number <b> of buffers should be at least 30, and the number <f> of files should be at least 20.

Note that you must reboot your computer if you made any changes to the config.sys or autoexec.bat. Otherwise you might not be able to start BAE.

 

1.5 Installing on Linux and UNIX Platforms

Preparing for Update Installations

The BAE library and User Language directory contents are replaced when performing update installations.It is strongly recommended to backup any user-specific data from these directories before installing the BAE update, and to restore the required data afterwards. The same backup and restore process should be applied to BAE programs directory files with extensions .dat (except for bsetup.dat; see next paragraph), .def and .fnt when just updating from earlier BAE versions since these files can contain user-defined color tables, layer definitions, Gerber aperture tables and character fonts which will be overwritten during update installations. The router.cfg file must also be saved and restored when updating from authorized BAE versions.

The bsetup.dat file from the BAE programs directory will always be re-installed when performing BAE Update Installations. I.e., it is not necessary to run the time-consuming batch for compiling the BAE User Language programs provided with the BAE software. However, user-specific BAE parameter settings stored with the existing bsetup.dat file will get lost and must be restored after successfully installing the BAE software using the bsetup utility program (or the Setup function available from the BAE main menu of the Windows/Motif versions). Customer-specific User Language programs developed and compiled under the previously installed BAE version must also be re-compiled after performing the BAE Update Installation.

Linux Installation

The baelinux directory on the BAE CD-ROM contains the TGZ archive files baelinux.tgz, baelinus.tgz and baeglib.tgz with different BAE Professional versions for Linux. Each of these TGZ files contains the directories bin (programs and setup files), baelib (symbol and part libraries), baeulc (User Language source files) and baejobs (examples and test jobs). An additional file named baeeng.tgz including the English BAE user interface setup is also provided.

baelinus.tgz must be installed on Linux systems without Motif. baelinus.tgz contains a statically linked BAE version including X11/Metrolink-Motif and libc5 system libraries which should run on any Linux Kernel 2.0.x distribution.

It is recommended to use one of the more efficient dynamically linked BAE versions from baelinux.tgz (linked to X11/Motif and libc5) or baeglib.tgz (linked to X11/Motif and libc6/glibc) on Linux systems where Motif is already installed. baelinux.tgz is recommended for most Linux distributions. baeglib.tgz is intended for RedHat systems using libc6/glibc since the libc5 sub-system provided with these Linux distributions might contain a bug which causes problems when running certain BAE modules from baelinux.tgz. The statically linked version from baelinus.tgz can always be used if none of the dynamically linked versions work correctly.

To install the BAE Linux software, simply mount the CD-ROM drive with the BAE-CD-ROM (e.g., under /cdrom), change to the directory where you want to install the BAE software, and unpack the appropriate archive file (e.g., baelinux.tgz) using the tar command as in

> tar -xzfv /cdrom/baelinux.tgz Return/Enter Key (CR)

The -z option is used to filter the TGZ file through the gzip utility. Simply use gzip and tar if your tar command does not support the -z option:

>  gzip -dv /cdrom/baelinux.tgz Return/Enter Key (CR) 
>  tar -xfv /cdrom/baelinux.tar Return/Enter Key (CR)

BAE is pre-configured with a German user interface. The English user interface can be activated by extracting the baeeng.tgz archive file from the CD-ROM baelinux directory to the destination directory.

UNIX Installation

The BAE HighEnd archive files for UNIX workstation are provided in specific BAE-CD-ROM directories such as baehp for the HP version. These archive files contain the directories bin (programs and setup files), baelib (symbol and part libraries), baeulc (User Language source files) and baejobs (examples and test jobs). An additional file named baeeng.tgz including the English BAE user interface setup is also provided.

The BAE HighEnd archive files for HP workstations are provided in the baehp directory on the BAE CD-ROM. To install the HP software, simply mount the CD-ROM drive with the BAE-CD-ROM (e.g., under /cdrom), change to the directory where you intend to install the BAE software, and unpack the baehp.tgz archive using the tar command as in

> tar -xzfv /cdrom/baehp.tgz Return/Enter Key (CR)

This installs the BAE HighEnd software with OSF/Motif interface. To activate the BAE HP software for X11, the baehpx11.tgz file from the baehp directory on the CD-ROM must be installed in the destination directory after installing baehp.tgz.

BAE is pre-configured with a German user interface. The English user interface can be activated by extracting the baeeng.tgz archive file from the CD-ROM baelinux directory to the destination directory after installing the UNIX software.

Setting up the Linux/UNIX Environment

The access rights must be set properly (i.e., execute for the programs, read access to the libraries, read/write access to the job files, all rights for the system administrator, special rights for the library manager, etc.). The user must have read access to the BAE program directory files ending on .cfg (for authorization check) and read/write access to the files with extensions .dat and .fnt. The user must also have write access in the working directory to enable temporary file creation.

The Linux/UNIX shell environment variable PATH must point to the BAE programs directory to allow for BAE program call from any other directory. The PATH variable can be set automatically through shell profile execution (shell script .profile, .login, .bashrc or .cshrc, according to UNIX derivative, respectively).

 

1.6 Parameter Setup and Program Start

BAE System Parameter

The BAE software versions for Windows and Motif provide an interactive program for modifying the BAE system parameters. Under DOS, however, the bsetup utility must be applied as described herein.

With the BAE software, a setup definitions file template named stdset.def is supplied, which will be installed to the BAE programs directory. This file contains the following commands for setting the BAE library access paths:

SCMDEFLIBRARY("<libdir>\stdsym");
LAYDEFLIBRARY("<libdir>\laylib");

where <libdir> is the path name of the BAE library directory. If the library e.g., has been installed to the directory c:\baelib under DOS or Windows then you should replace <libdir> with this path name to provide correct access to the BAE symbol libraries. If the library e.g., has been installed to the directory /usr/bae/lib under Linux or Unix, then you should insert the following commands to the setup definitions file for providing correct access to the supplied BAE symbol libraries:

SCMDEFLIBRARY(/usr/bae/lib/stdsym);
LAYDEFLIBRARY(/usr/bae/lib/laylib);

The setup definitions file can be transferred to the BAE setup file bsetup.dat using the following bsetup program call (assuming stdset.def to be the name of the setup definitions file, and the BAE programs directory to be the working directory):

> bsetup stdset Return/Enter Key (CR)

The bsetup utility program is also used for defining important system parameters such as the documentary layer definitions and the menu setup. The documentary layer definitions and assignments have major impact on how manufacturing data is generated. It is strongly recommended to become familiar with the features of the bsetup utility program before using BAE for the design of real layouts. See Bartels AutoEngineer User Manual - Chapter 7.1 for details on how to use bsetup.

User Language Programs, Menu Assignments, Key Bindings

The BAE software installs more than 150 pre-compiled User Language programs to the bsetup.dat file of the BAE programs directory. The corresponding source files are are also provided in the User Language directory (baeulc). See Bartels User Language Programmer's Guide - Chapter 4 for a complete listing and short descriptions of the BAE User Language programs.

Some of the installed User Language programs define implicit User Language program calls for activating a modified BAE user interface with many additional functions. You can add even more functions or modify and/or reset the predefined menu assignments and key bindings. For more details see section 11.5 of these Release Note.

Usually, it is not necessary to (re-)compile the User Language programs delivered with the BAE software since the compiled programs will be installed to the bsetup.dat file of the BAE programs directory. Nevertheless, the User Language directory provides several batch files for automatically compiling all BAE User Language programs. The CPLSLL (ComPiLe with Static Link Library) batch file is recommended for compilation. The compile batch can be started in the User Language directory (baeulc) by entering

> cplsll Return/Enter Key (CR)

to an MS-DOS-Prompt (with the PATH variable pointing to the BAE programs directory) or with the

> cplsll.bat Return/Enter Key (CR)

command from a Linux or UNIX shell. The compilation process might last some time according to the power of your computer.

Program Start

Use the following command to start the Bartels AutoEngineer from a DOS prompt or a Linux and/or UNIX command shell:

> bae Return/Enter Key (CR)

Design file access can be simplified by starting and/or running BAE from the design and/or project files directory.

Within Windows, the Bartels AutoEngineer can also be started by selecting the bae.exe file using the Run function from the Taskbar or the Program Manager Files menu. Windows also allows for application startup by double-clicking the application from Windows Explorer and/or the File Manager, and it is also possible to define an initial working directory for the application to start in. A shortcut to bae.exe can be placed on the desktop or the taskbar to provide an even more convenient method of starting up the Bartels AutoEngineer. Please consult your Windows documentation for more details on how to configure applications for startup.

File Access Environment Variables

Environment variable references in file name specifications are now automatically substituted. This allows for definitions such as $BAELIB for the symbol library directory and combined specifications such as $BAELIB/laylib or $BAELIB/$STDLIB to be used for path and file name specifications in functions such as Select Library from the Settings/Parameter menu. The environment variables are not evaluated until they are actually referred for file access. I.e., they will be stored with design files to be transferred to different computers where they can refer to machine-dependent path specifications defined through corresponding environment variables. Environment variable references are preceded with a dollar sign ($) and must be either entirely lower-case or entirely upper-case. The ~ character refers to the $HOME variable. Undefined environment variable references are substituted with empty strings.

System File Access Environment Variables

The environment variables listed in table 3 have been introduced for advanced configuration of BAE system file access in network installations.

Table 3: BAE System File Environment Variables

Environment Variable System File
Default Name
Contents
BAE_CFG router.cfgConfiguration File
BAE_BSETUP bsetup.datBAE System Parameters
BAE_ULCLIB bsetup.datUser Language Programs
BAE_RULELIBbrules.datRules Database
BAE_LANG language.datMessages Database
BAE_FONTLIBged.fntCharacter Fonts
BAE_SCMLIB scm.datSCM Color Tables
BAE_GEDLIB ged.datLayout Color Tables
BAE_CEDLIB ced.datIC Layout Color Tables
BAE_CAMLIB cam.datGerber Aperture Tables
BAE_WINLIB baewin.dat
baexwin.dat
Windows Position File
BAE_DCOLLIBbae.colDisplay Color Table
BAE_PCOLLIBbaep.colPrinter Color Table

Environment variables must specify complete paths to the corresponding system files. This feature can be used in definitions such as

set BAE_WINLIB=d:\bae\user1.dat

where access to a machine-specific Windows positions file in network installations with central BAE programs directory is established.

System files without environment variable definition are accessed from the BAE programs directory using the default system file name.

 

1.7 User Interface

Toolbar

New buttons for activating frequently used functions (Load, Save, Zoom Window, etc.) have been added to the User Language controlled toolbar. A function for fading in and/or fading out the toolbar has been introduced to the Display menu.

Submenus

Delimiter lines have been introduced to the pulldown and popup submenus of the Windows and Motif versions to separate submenu function groups.

Module Identifier Display

The identifier of the currently active BAE program module is now displayed in the Windows and Motif title bars.

Mouse Interaction

Assigning the TRUE value to the BAE_DMB environment variable causes the system to trigger mouse interaction by pressing down rather than releasing the mouse button. Note however that this feature disables the simulation of the middle mouse button interaction by simultaneously pressing both the left and the right mouse button.

Graphic Scrollbars

The graphic scrollbar steps in the Windows and Motif versions have been reduced to 1/10 of the current view to allow for more accurate graphic display selection.

 

1.8 Symbol and Part Libraries

New tag symbols for net attribute assignments have been added to the ROUTE SCM library.

A series of useful library management User Language programs for library management (library check, automatic symbol edit, automatic generation of library documentation, etc.) are provided with BAE Version 4.2. See Bartels User Language Programmer's Guide - Chapter 4 for a complete listing of the User Language programs delivered with the BAE software.

 

2 Schematic Editor

 

2.1 General

File Management

To prevent from unintentionally discarding design changes, the function for generating new elements now activates a verification popup menu in cases where the currently loaded element has not yet been saved.

Renaming Symbols

The name of the selected symbol, label or pin will now be displayed in the symbol name prompt of the Change Part Name function.

User Language Programs

A series of new SCM functions and features such as

  • toolbar buttons for loading, saving and creating elements
  • semi-automatic part attribute assignment (see below)
  • name and part list cleanup (scmpart)
  • using PostScript fonts for Encapsulated PostScript output (scmeps)
  • group selections through symbol macro name patterns (scmgroup)
  • BAE HighEnd cross-module functions for placing layout parts on SCM symbol selection, synchronizing part group selections with SCM, highlighting layout traces on SCM pin selection (scmpart, scmgroup, scmdisp)

have been implemented with User Language programs.

 

2.2 Backannotation

Integration to Schematic Editor

The Backannotation module has been fully integrated to the Schematic Editor. The new Backannotation function from the Utilities menu can be used to start Backannotation processes on selectable designs.

Processing Backannotation Requests

A new feature for automatically processing pending Backannotation requests has been integrated to Schematic Editor functions. Backannotation requests are generated when saving layouts with net list modifications such as pin/gate swaps or changed part names. Loading an SCM sheet with a pending backannotion request automatically activates a verification menu which allows to backannotate the currently processed design. The backannotation request is deleted after successfully running the Backannotation.

Warning

The generation of Backannotation requests is a new feature introduced with BAE Version 4.2. Designs from older BAE versions don't carry pending Backannotation requests and might therefore require an explicit Backannotation call.

 

2.3 Part Attributes

A new feature for semi-automatic part attribut assignments has been integrated to the Schematic Editor toolbar which is activated by User Language programs. The g (Get) button of the first design view window allows for the selection of a symbol. The symbol display and the attribute settings of the selected symbol are assigned to the design view window and can then be transferred to other mouse-selectable symbols of the SCM sheet using the s (Set) button of the design view window. The i (Info) button can be used to display the selected attributes list. The c (Clear) button clears the design view window and resets the attribute transfer list.

 

2.4 Part and Pin Name Display

$$ text definitions on SCM symbol level can be used to reference the logical SCM part name for display on SCM sheet level.The $ text for displaying physical part names after packaging is still valid and can be used together with the $$ text.

 

2.5 Bustap Functions

New Move Bustap and Delete Bustap functions have been integrated to the Connections menu. These allow for the manipulation of bustaps without connection segment. The bustaps can be selected by picking their connection point markers.

 

2.6 Text Definitions

Texts can now defined with frames. Such definitions are possible with the new Frame 1, Frame 2 and Open Frames options from the submenu to be activated with the right mouse button whilst moving texts. Frame 1 creates a surrounding box at 1/8 text height distance. Frame 2 creates a surrounding box at 1/4 text height distance. Open Frames removes the vertical frame line at the text origin. Open Frames can be applied to define labels with dynamically adjusted text frames to be attached to connections. The Standard Text option resets all text frame definitions.

Warning

Using large pens for plot outputs can cause the negation lines of small texts being merged with text frames.

 

3 Packager

 

3.1 General

net internal Command

The net internal loglib command can now be used for multi-gate part definitions without causing Packager errors.

Hierarchical Designs

Running the Packager on hierarchical design could cause fatal errors. This bug has been fixed.

 

3.2 User Interface

A new user interface has been designed for the Packager module. The Settings function allows for menu-driven file and element name parameter setup for the Packager run subsequently to be started with the Start function. Main Menu jumps back to the BAE main menu. The Schematic and Layout functions allow for direct change to the Schematic Editor and/or the Layout Editor. Exit BAE exits from the BAE application.

 

3.3 Backannotation

Saving a layout with pin/gate swaps and/or net list part name changes creates a design-specific backannotation request. The Packager checks for Backannotation requests and activates a verification to prevent the Packager from forward annotation without confirmation. Confirmation to run the Packager will discard any layout net list changes not yet backannotated.

Warning

The generation of Backannotation requests is a new feature introduced with BAE Version 4.2. I.e., the Packager cannot check for Backannotation requests when processing designs from older BAE versions.

 

3.4 Attribute Transfer

Logical Pin Names

SCM symbol pin names are automatically transferred to the $llname pin attribute. This allows for the display of logical pin names in the layout by defining $llname texts on padstack level.

Net Type Specifications

$nettype pin attributes are automatically transferred to connected nets. The $nettype value mixed is assigned to nets with different $nettype attribute values.

Net-specific Design Rules in BAE HighEnd

$drcblk pin attributes are automatically transferred to connected nets. The $drcblk attribute value addresses a BAE HighEnd design rule check parameter block to be assigned to the corresponding net (see also section 4.6 of these Release Notes).

 

4 Layout Editor

 

4.1 General

File Management

To prevent from unintentionally discarding design changes, the function for generating new elements now activates a verification popup menu in cases where the currently loaded element has not yet been saved.

Backannotation Requests

Saving a layout with pin/gate swaps and/or net list part name changes creates a backannotation request which triggers automatic Backannotation when loading SCM plans to the Schematic Editor (see section 2.2 of these Release Notes). Backannotation requests also prevent the Packager from forward annotation without confirmation (see section 3.3 of these Release Notes).

Renaming Parts

The name of the selected part and/or pin is now displayed in the part name prompts of the Change Part Name and Netlist Part Name functions.

Net-specific Airline Display

The net name queries of the Net Visible and Net Invisible options of the Mincon function are now automatically repeated until Abort is selected, thus allowing to fade-in and/or fade-out multiple nets with one function call.

Pin Attributes Display

Pin attribute values can now be displayed in the layout system by placing the corresponding attribute names on padstack level. The SCM symbol pin names are transferred to the $llname attribute, i.e., $llname can be used for displaying logical pin names.

User Language Programs

A series of new Layout Editor functions and features such as

  • menu item for direct change to the Schematic Editor under Windows/Motif
  • toolbar buttons for loading, saving and creating elements
  • layout symbol browser (lbrowse)
  • rule assignment utility (gedrule)
  • net list processing to support pin attributes (conbae, conconv)
  • group selections through symbol macro name patterns (gedgroup)
  • group polygon type definition and documentary line split option (gedpoly)
  • IPC-D-356 test data output (ipcout)
  • BAE HighEnd cross-module function support for placing layout parts on SCM symbol selection, synchronizing part group selections with SCM, highlighting layout traces on SCM pin selection (ged_msg)

have been implemented with User Language programs.

 

4.2 Input Grid and Angle Lock

The Grids/Rotation function from the Display menu provides the new options Grid+Rotation octagonal and Rotation octagonal. Grid+Rotation octagonal is the new Layout Editor grid and angle lock default setting. Both options allow for automatically inserting diagonal (45 degree) segments when creating and/or modifying traces and polygons.

 

4.3 Trace Processing

Inserting Trace Corners

The Insert Corner function now inserts corners in forward direction when selecting trace start points.

Traces on Layout Part Level

Net name information for traces on part level is now displayed by the Query Element function when selecting trace start points, and when highlighting nets.

Traces on part level can now be assigned to the layout top layer, thus allowing for the definition of printed inductors to be automatically placed on the dynamically selected layout component side.

 

4.4 Via Definitions

Vias to Power Layers

Vias to power layers won't be deleted automatically anymore when editing and/or fixing traces. The via at the currently processed trace corner point can be deleted by a layer change to the current layer.

Power Layer Assignment for Blind and Buried Vias

Special rules can be assigned to the drill holes of blind and buried vias for specifying the power layers which are not occupied by the drill holes. These settings are automatically considered by connectivity, power layer display and CAM output (i.e., drill hole not isolated from or connected to the specified power layers). A rule definition file named pldrill.rul is provided in the User Language source directory (baeulc). pldrill.rul contains some example rules named pldrl_via*. pldrill.rul; can be modified and should then be compiled using the Rule System Compiler rulecomp. Once the rules are compiled, they can be assigned to padstack drill holes using the gedrule User Language program which can be called using the Rule Attachment function from the Settings/Parameter menu.

Warning

rulecomp stores the rules to the brules.dat file in the BAE programs directory. I.e., the rules are not saved with the design. When transferring the design to a different computer, the rules must be transferred/compiled onto that computer as well; otherwise the design will load a new connectivity without any drill hole power layer assignments.

 

4.5 Group Functions

Copying Groups

The Copy Group function provides the new Select Destination option which can be applied from the submenu to be activated with the right mouse button whilst moving the copied group. Select Destination leaves the copied elements selected instead of the source elements.

Moving Groups

The submenu to be activated with the right mouse button after selecting the starting point for the Move Group and Copy Group functions provides a new function named Select Area. Select Area can be used to select only specific objects or trace and polygon points from the current group to be moved. This allows for complex trace and polygon manipulations as well as for rerouting connections to parts being moved.

Warning

The group move functions apply only basic functions for rerouting traces. Complex group shift operations usually require the current routing to be discarded and re-routed using the appropriate Autorouter procedures.

 

4.6 Design Rule Check

Distance Violation Display

Error markers between more than two different objects won't be joined anymore. This allows for net-specific distance violation display and provides a more detailed error display e.g., for traces to single pins of a pin row.

Distance violations between keep-out areas on documentary layers are now displayed using dotted lines to distinguish such errors from copper distance violations.

Layer-specific Distance Parameters in BAE HighEnd

The Parameter/Settings menu of BAE HighEnd provides the new Advanced DRC function for defining DRC blocks with distance parameters for layer-specific clearance checks. Advanced DRC allows for the assignment of different trace to trace, trace to copper and copper to copper distance check parameters to each signal layer and to the special layers All Layers, Middle Layers and Top Layer. Parameter block 0 with the global parameters is always available. New parameter blocks are initialized with the parameter values from block 0. Layer-specific preferences have highest priority. Middle Layers and Top Layer parameter values are used for inside layers and the top layer without layer-specific parameters. The All Layers parameters are used for layers without any specific setting. Polygons on inside layers such as inside layer pads are checked against each other using the maximum of all inside layer DRC parameter settings. Polygons on All Layers are checked using the maximum of all parameter settings.

On default, the standard DRC parameter block 0 is assigned to each net. Non-standard layer-specific DRC parameter blocks can be assigned to nets using the $drcblk net attribute. The net tag symbol tag_net_drcblk from the ROUTE symbol library should be used in the Schematic Editor for assigning the $drcblk attribute. The conconv User Language program can also be used for assigning DRC parameter blocks to nets by defining the $drcblk attribute on one of the net pins.

Warning

Advanced BAE HighEnd DRC parameter blocks are ignored when processing HighEnd designs with standard BAE versions.

 

5 Autoplacement

 

5.1 General

Backannotation Requests

Saving a layout with pin/gate swaps and/or net list part name changes creates a backannotation request which triggers automatic Backannotation when loading SCM plans to the Schematic Editor (see section 2.2 of these Release Notes). Backannotation requests also prevent the Packager from forward annotation without verification (see section 3.3 of these Release Notes).

User Language Programs

A series of new Autoplacement functions and features such as

  • toolbar buttons for loading and saving elements
  • layout symbol browser (lbrowse)
  • net list processing to support pin attributes (conbae)
  • automatic fill area hatching (aplcutil)
  • IPC-D-356 test data output (ipcout)

have been implemented with User Language programs.

 

5.2 Placement Preferences

The Autoplacement module functions for placing parts have been modified to obey any part placement preferences defined with the ldefmang User Language program such as preferred rotation angles and/or mirroring restrictions.

 

5.3 Automatic Copper Fill

Heat-Trap Isolation

A new Heat-trap Clearance Distance prompt has been introduced after the Heat-trap Junction Width query of the Heat Trap Mode options for generating heat-traps. This allows for the definition of heat-trap-specific isolation distances by specifying a positive clearance distance value. Default zero distance input resets the heat-trap-specific isolation clearance.

Warning

User Language programs which specify the copper fill parameters through the interaction queue must implement an input to the new heat-trap isolation distance query.

Internal Routines

The copper fill algorithms sometimes failed to generate heat-trap connections for certain combinations of heat-trap connection width, minimum clearance and minimum fill area size. This problem has been solved.

 

6 Autorouter

 

6.1 General

Backannotation Requests

Saving a layout with Autorouter pin/gate swaps creates a Backannotation request which triggers automatic Backannotation when loading SCM plans to the Schematic Editor (see section 2.2 of these Release Notes). Backannotation requests also prevent the Packager from forward annotation without verification (see section 3.3 of these Release Notes).

User Language Programs

A series of new Autorouter functions and features such as

  • toolbar buttons for loading and saving elements
  • layout symbol browser (lbrowse)
  • net list processing to support pin attributes (conbae)
  • IPC-D-356 test data output (ipcout)

have been implemented with User Language programs.

 

6.2 Routing Status Report

A new entry for displaying the number of blocked connections has been added to the routing status report of the Neural Autorouter. A connection can be blocked by pins, keep-out areas and/or fixed traces. The number of blocked connections is counted during the first rip-up routing pass. The maximum number of blocked connections is indicated with an exclamation mark. This information gives a clue as to whether any improvement with regard to the number of routed connections can possibly be achieved with subsequent routing passes. Note, however, that the maximum number of blocked connections can sometimes decrease during Optimizer passes.

 

6.3 Autorouter Algorithms

Optimizer Cleanup

A new net-specific Optimizer cleanup mide has been introduced to prevent the Optimizer from generating complex routing structures for special connections with more than two pins. The new mode can be selected through the Optimizer Cleanup Net option of the Optimizer Cleanup function from the Control menu. The Optimizer Cleanup On default option from the same function has been renamed to Optimizer Cleanup Standard to avoid any confusion.

Warning

The net-specific Optimizer cleanup mode is time-consuming and should only be applied on designs such as special high-density SMD layouts without power layers where complex routing structure generation eventually becomes obvious.

Power Layer Routing

The algorithms for loading, evaluating and routing power layer connections have been optimized, power layer routing performance has been significantly improved.

Connecting Fixed Traces

The sub-grid routing algorithms for connecting fixed traces have been improved.

Connecting Shifted Vias

A new algorithm has been implemented for avoiding complex trace connections to shifted vias.

 

6.4 Routing Areas in BAE HighEnd

The Neural Autorouter of BAE HighEnd considers net-specific routing areas to be defined as documentary areas on signal layers with rule assignments containing a net_type predicate for the net type. See the nettype.rul file in the User Language programs directory (baeulc) for net type rule definitions. Up to eight different routing area net types can be assigned to each layout. Routing areas and rule assignments (with the gedrule User Language program) must be defined in the Layout Editor. Within a routing area, the Autorouter can only route nets with a matching $nettype attribute. Nets without $nettype value or with a $nettype value different to the net_type assignment of a certain routing area must not be routed in that area unless they connect to pins inside the routing area. Nets of a certain net type are not restricted to net-specific routing areas, however, they are preferably routed inside the corresponding routing areas. Routing outside the net-specific routing area can be controlled with the new Outside Net Type Area Cost Factor (0..5) option to be set through the Strategy menu.

 

7 CAM Processor

 

7.1 General

User Language Programs

A series of new Layout Editor functions and features such as

  • toolbar button for loading elements
  • layout symbol browser (lbrowse)
  • net list processing to support pin attributes (conbae)
  • Excellon drilling data output option for CAM batch utility (cambatch)
  • IPC-D-356 test data output (ipcout)

have been implemented with User Language programs.

 

7.2 Gerber Photo Plot

Finger Pad Recognition

The CAM Processor applies a new algorithm for finger pad recognition. Finger pads (rectangles with semi-circles at two opposite sides) are now plotted like trace segments. I.e., line draws with matching circular apertures are applied on finger pads. This feature significantly reduces the amount of plot data generated for SMD layouts.

Extended Gerber output with dynamically generated aperture table automatically creates circular apertures for plotting the finger pads used throughout the layout.

Gerber Arc Mode

Applying Gerber I/J arc commands on extremely short arcs sometimes produced full circles instead of arc segments. This bug has been fixed.

 

7.3 Power Layer Plot

Blind and Buried Vias

Special rules can be assigned to the drill holes of blind and buried vias for specifying the power layers which are not occupied by the drill holes (see section 4.4 of these Release Notes). These settings are automatically considered by the CAM Processor routines for plotting power layers, i.e., drill holes with power layer exclusion rules will not be isolated from or connected to the specified power layers.

 

8 CAM View

 

8.1 General

Many CAM View user interface functions have been significantly improved. A series of additional and/or enhanced CAM View features such as dynamic multi-language support, advanced Windows menus, additional toolbar functions, distance query, etc. have also been implemented with the User Language programs provided with BAE Version 4.2.

 

8.2 Creating Layouts from Gerber Data

Due to customer request, the Write Layout function for creating layouts from the currently loaded Gerber data now allows for the import of flashed structures onto signal layers.

 

8.3 Milling Data Processing

The full circle compensation indicators of the milling data display have been modified according to customer request.

The / line has been removed from the milling data output to comply with customer-specific milling data processing tools.

 

9 Neural Rule System

 

9.1 General

The Neural Rule System functions have been improved to allow for advanced application in the BAE design system and/or through User Language programs.

Rule Definitions

The brules.dat file installed to the BAE programs directory contains precompiled rule definitions. The source files for these rule definitions are also provided (User Language directory; file extension .rul), i.e., the rule definitions can be modified and recompiled with the rulecompRule System Compiler.

Rule Assingnments

The gedrule User Language program allows for the assignment of rules to layout elements.

 

9.2 Autoplacement Preferences

The Autoplacement module functions for placing parts have been modified to obey any part placement preferences defined with the ldefmang User Language program such as preferred rotation angles and/or mirroring restrictions.

 

9.3 Blind and Buried Via Definitions

Special rules can be assigned to the drill holes of blind and buried vias for specifying the power layers which are not occupied by the drill holes (see section 4.4 of these Release Notes). These rules are automatically considered by connectivity, power layer display and CAM output (see section 7.3 of these Release Notes).

 

9.4 Routing Areas in BAE HighEnd

Special rule assignments can be used in BAE HighEnd for defining net-specific routing areas (see section 6.4 of these Release Notes).

 

10 Utilities

 

10.1 BAESETUP, BSETUP

A new BAE setup program with a graphic interface for modifying the BAE system parameters has been implemented for the Windows, Linux and Unix versions. This program can be used instead of the bsetup utility program. A new function named Setup has been added to the BAE main menu for activating the new BAE setup utility.

 

10.2 CONCONV

Identifiers

conconv now supports single-quoted and/or double-quoted input file identifiers for part names, pin names and net names containing special characters such as +, -, /, ., etc. This allows for the specification of part names such as 1206_d or drill3.0 or net names such as +5v or bus.a.

 

10.3 COPYDDB

Copying Design Rule Check Parameter Blocks

The new -drc option has been introduced for copying layout design rule check parameter blocks.

DDB File Recovery

A new copyddb option has been implemented for recovering and/or restoring elements from corrupt DDB files. The -recover option tries to copy all database classes from a temporary source file copy with modified DDB file header.

 

10.4 LOGLIB

Identifiers

loglib now supports single-quoted and/or double-quoted input file identifiers for part names, pin names and net names containing special characters such as +, -, /, ., etc. This allows for the specification of part names such as 1206_d or drill3.0 or net names such as +5v or bus.a.

net internal Command

The net internal command can now be used for part definitions with multiple gates without causing Packager errors.

 

10.5 NETCONV

Identifiers

netconv now supports single-quoted and/or double-quoted input file identifiers for part names, pin names and net names containing special characters such as +, -, /, ., etc. This allows for the specification of part names such as 1206_d or drill3.0 or net names such as +5v or bus.a.

 

10.6 VALCONV

Identifiers

valconv now supports single-quoted and/or double-quoted input file identifiers for part names, pin namesww and net names containing special characters such as +, -, /, ., etc. This allows for the specification of part names such as 1206_d or drill3.0 or net names such as +5v or bus.a.

 

11 Bartels User Language

 

11.1 General

This section describes general changes to the User Language specification. See Bartels User Language Programmer's Guide - Chapter 2 for a detailed description of the User Language specification.

Internal User Language Version

The internal version of BAE Version 4.2 User Language has been changed. User Language programs compiled under earlier BAE versions won't execute in the BAE Version 4.2 User Language Interpreter environment (error message User Language program version incompatible!). This means that each User Language program compiled under earlier BAE Versions must be recompiled under BAE Version 4.2 to regain compatibility.

 

11.2 User Language Compiler

This section describes the news and changes introduced to the User Language Compiler. See Bartels User Language Programmer's Guide - Chapter 3 for detailed information on how to operate the User Language Compiler.

Linker

Dynamic library element referencing sometimes failed when compiling multiple sources with link requests. This bug has been fixed.

 

11.3 User Language Interpreter

This section describes the news and changes introduced to the User Language Interpreter. See Bartels User Language Programmer's Guide - Chapter 3 for detailed information on how to operate the User Language Interpreter.

Implicit Program Call

New User Language Interpreter features have been implemented for implicit (i.e., automatic) User Language program call of the following special-named User Language programs upon certain events:

Program NameEvent
bae_stat module startup
bae_loadafter loading an element
bae_savebefore saving the current element
bae_toolon toolbar item selection
bae_zoomon graphic display zoom factor changes
bae_mswhen pressing a mouse key
bae_msgon incoming messages sent with bae_sendmsg
(BAE HighEnd only)
bae_<c>when pressing key <c>
bae_f<n>when pressing function key F<n>

The bae_* program call facilities override the moduleid_* program call facilities where moduleid is scm for Schematic Editor, ged for Layout Editor, ap for Autoplacement, ar for Autorouter, cam for CAM Processor, cv for CAM View or ced for Chip Editor.

 

11.4 System Functions

This section lists the new and changed User Language system functions released with BAE Version 4.2. See Bartels User Language Programmer's Guide - Appendix C for a detailed description of all system functions.

BAE Version 4.2 provides a series of new and/or improved User Language system functions for message and verification popups, activating applications under Windows, supporting BAE HighEnd interprocess communication, Chip Editor group selection, etc.

New System Functions

The following new User Language system functions are provided with BAE Version 4.2:

System FunctionShort Description
STD bae_getmsg Receive message from BAE HighEnd message system
bae_language Get BAE user interface language code
bae_msgbox Activate BAE info message box
bae_msgboxverify Activate BAE verify message box
bae_msgboxverifyquit Activate BAE verify message box with cancel/quit option
bae_sendmsg Send message to BAE HighEnd message system
LAY lay_getscrefpidx Get currently scanned layout reference pool index
lay_getscpartrpidx Get currently scanned layout part reference pool index
GED ged_getautocornins Get GED auto corner insert mode
ged_setautocornins Set GED auto corner insert mode
CED ced_groupselect CED group selection
ced_partaltmacro Change CED net list part package type

Changed System Functions

With the bae_callmenu system function, new menu codes have been implemented for calling the Standard Autorouter, the Neural Autorouter, the Schematic Editor, the Packager or the CAM View module directly from the Layout Editor.

The bae_loadelem system function was enhanced by a new feature for automatically processing pending Backannotation requests when loading SCM plans to the Schematic Editor.

The getenv function sometimes caused memory protection faults. This bug has been fixed.

The system function was modified to allow for the activation and/or execution of applications under Windows.

A new text mode parameter for generating and/or processing texts with surrounding boxes was introduced to the cap_vecttext, lay_vecttext and icd_vecttext system functions.

New parameters and parameter value ranges for querying and/or defining layer-specific DRC parameters were introduced to the lay_getplanchkparam and lay_setplanchkparam system functions.

The scm_storetext and ged_storetext system functions were changed to prevent from defining too long texts. In the previous implementation, the *_storetext functions allowed for the specification of such texts, however, the system issued an Invalid name! error message when trying to save the element afterwards. Now the *_storetext functions return with an invalid parameter error code when specifying texts with more than 40 characters.

The ged_groupselect system function has been modified. Internal layout element types such as the standard via definition(s) are now excluded from group (de)selections with ged_groupselect to prevent from unintentionally modifying and/or deleting such elements and/or definitions when subsequently using other group functions.

Eliminated System Functions

Some system functions were redundant since BAE Version 3.4 introduced corresponding functions for more general application. These system functions were removed from BAE Version 4.2. I.e., calls to these functions must be substituted according to the following reference:

Old Function CallNew Function Call
scm_clearpoints()bae_clearpoints()
ged_clearpoints()
ar_clearpoints()
ced_clearpoints()
scm_storepoint(x,y,t)bae_storepoint(x,y,t)
ged_storepoint(x,y,t)
ar_storepoint(x,y,t)
ced_storepoint(x,y,t)
 

11.5 BAE User Language Programs

BAE Version 4.2 installs more than 150 pre-compiled User Language programs to the bsetup.dat file of the BAE programs directory. Additionally, the User Language source files (almost 2.3 Mbytes; more than 76,000 lines) are installed to a special directory (baeulc). See Bartels User Language Programmer's Guide - Chapter 4 for a complete listing and short descriptions of the BAE User Language programs .

Include Files

The User Language include files already delivered with the previous BAE Version have been completely revised and extended by a series of new functions.

New User Language Programs

The following User Language programs for implicit program call are provided with BAE Version 4.2 (the bae_* programs replace the bae_*.ulh sources from the previous BAE Version):

Program NameShort Description
STD bae_stBAE Startup
bae_loadBAE Load Action
bae_saveBAE Save Action
bae_toolBAE Toolbar Action
bae_zoomBAE Zoom Action
GED ged_msgLayout Editor Message System Action
(for BAE HighEnd)

The following User Language programs are also new with BAE Version 4.2:

Program NameShort Description
STD grtoggleToggle Input Grid
helpOnline Help
LAY ipcoutIPC-D-356 Test Data Output
GED gedruleLayout Rule Definition Utility

Changed User Language Programs

The User Language programs already delivered with the previous BAE Version were completely revised and extended by many new functions. The most significant improvements and enhancements have already been mentioned in the previous sections of these Release Notes.

Menu Assignments and Key Bindings

Some of the BAE Version 4.2 User Language programs define implicit User Language program calls (startups, toolbars, menu assignments, key bindings). I.e., with the installation of BAE Version 4.2, a modified BAE user interface with many additional functions is activated. You can add even more functions or modify and/or reset the predefined menu assignments and key bindings.

The bae_stUser Language startup program is automatically executed when entering a User Language Interpreter environment (Schematic Editor, Layout Editor, Autoplacement, Neural Autorouter, CAM Processor, CAM View or Chip Editor). bae_st calls the uifsetup User Language program which activates predefined menu assignments and key bindings for the current BAE program module. With BAE Version 4.2, the key bindings and menu assignments defined through uifsetup were considerably modified. Any changes to the menu assignments and key bindings require modification and re-compilation of the uifsetup source code only. The hlpkeys User Language program can be used to list the current key bindings. With the predefined menu assignments of uifsetup activated, hlpkeys can be called from the Key Bindings function of the Help menu. Menu assignments, although obvious from the BAE user interfaces, can be listed with the uifdump User Language program. The uifreset User Language program can be used to reset all currently defined menu assignments and key bindings of the currently active BAE program module. Simply give it a try and run the uifreset program; we bet you'll be surprised to see the difference (the predefined menu layout can always be restored by calling uifsetup). The uifsetup, uifdump and uifreset programs can also be called from the menu of the keyprog User Language program which provides additional facilities for online key programming and User Language program help info management.

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