Introduction to EDIF, Volume 1(STABILIZED Jun 2016)
The increase in the number of silicon foundries and CAD/CAE system and workstation
companies, and the problem of movement of data among in-house design systems has
made a standard interchange format for electronic design data essential. The benefits of
the general adoption of a standard interchange format are important and far reaching.
The customer receives a much wider variety of feasible choices, and free competition in
both CAEYCAD system/tool businesses and foundry businesses is enhanced. The
electronic circuit designer and customer of CAE/CAD system and foundry service can
expect compatibility among these products. The designer can choose equipment and
services best suited for a particular task with a minimum of overhead. Foundries can
work with customers regardless of the CAE/CAD equipment that the customer is using.
The CAD/CAE tool or system vendor can maintain compatibility with a variety of
foundries and other systems with a minimum investment in software development for that