There are plentiful successors of SPICE language for describing transistor-level designs. For most of them, the semantic matches those of SPICE, and only the syntax is changed. Others instead provide more default models or analysis tools. Consequently, a commercial tool is usually required for simulating, analyzing, and especially manipulating these languages. This article proposes a framework that relies on the shared semantic for reading, writing, or manipulating transistor-level designs. The ultimate goal of the framework is: reading an input design written in a specific syntax and then allowing to write the same design in another syntax. First, the input description is parsed by a language-specific front-end which turns it into an in-memory abstract syntax tree that follows the common semantic. Then, the in-memory description can be subject to different user-defined manipulations built on top of a series of API or visitor/listener classes. Finally, the description goes through the desired back-end, transforming the in-memory description into the target transistor-level language. As a use-case for the proposed framework, we chose the process of analog fault injection. This activity requires adding, removing, or replacing nodes, components, or even entire sub-circuits. Therefore, the framework is completely written in C++, and its APIs are also interfaced with python. The entire framework is open-source and available on GitHub.

A Common Manipulation Framework for Transistor-Level Languages

Nicola Dall'Ora
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Sadia Azam;Enrico Fraccaroli;Franco Fummi
2021

Abstract

There are plentiful successors of SPICE language for describing transistor-level designs. For most of them, the semantic matches those of SPICE, and only the syntax is changed. Others instead provide more default models or analysis tools. Consequently, a commercial tool is usually required for simulating, analyzing, and especially manipulating these languages. This article proposes a framework that relies on the shared semantic for reading, writing, or manipulating transistor-level designs. The ultimate goal of the framework is: reading an input design written in a specific syntax and then allowing to write the same design in another syntax. First, the input description is parsed by a language-specific front-end which turns it into an in-memory abstract syntax tree that follows the common semantic. Then, the in-memory description can be subject to different user-defined manipulations built on top of a series of API or visitor/listener classes. Finally, the description goes through the desired back-end, transforming the in-memory description into the target transistor-level language. As a use-case for the proposed framework, we chose the process of analog fault injection. This activity requires adding, removing, or replacing nodes, components, or even entire sub-circuits. Therefore, the framework is completely written in C++, and its APIs are also interfaced with python. The entire framework is open-source and available on GitHub.
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