Supplementary Chipmunk Tools
In addition to the four major tools (Log, Wol, View, and
Until) the Chipmunk tools include a number of smaller programs. Some
date back to the pre-Unix era, while others have been donated to the
project by new Chipmunk users. These tools include:
- Boxify, contributed by Tor Sverre Lande, is a general-purpose CIF
filter program. Among its other uses, it can convert a wide variety of
CIF into a format suitable for Wol input.
- MConvert is a shell scripts for converting a CIF file generated by
Wol into a format suitable for entry into Magic using the :cif read
command, using the cif istyle lambda=1.0(oldnwell) Magic option.
- Mosis is a program that takes a Wol-generated CIF file as input, and
creates a mail message to send to the MOS Implementation Service to
fabricate the chip. The Mosis program, as shipped, has fictional names,
addresses, and account information in its source code; a new user with an
account with MOSIS should carefully edit these fields to reflect their own
- Netcmp is a netlist comparison program, that accepts the NTK file
format for netlists generated by Wol and Analog. A different program with
a similar name and a similar function, Netcomp, is not a part of the Chipmunk
tools. At one time, it was available via anonymous FTP from the since-retired
hobiecat.caltech.edu as part of the Netgen package (pub/netgen-1.04.tar.Z).
Perhaps a copy of this code still exists somewhere on the web, but I was
not able to locate it.
- Sctomat is a filter program contributed by Michael Godfrey, that
converts data output from the Log visualization tool into files suitable
for input to MATLAB.
- These tools, contributed by Harold Levy, support
using Log as a schematic capture tool for SPICE. These tools work in
conjunction with the logspc command in Log.
- This tool, maintained by Tim Edwards and hosted at the Johns
Hopkins University, creates publication-quality PostScript versions
of Log schematics.
- These tools, maintained by Ingo Cyliax and hosted at the Indiana
University, support using Log as a schematic capture tool for Xilinx
FPGAs. These tools work in conjunction with the logntk
command in Log.
To learn more about these tools, look at this collection of
- john [dot] lazzaro [at] gmail [dot] com