The XicII and Xiv products for Generation 4 are now available!


The XicII and Xiv products are now "virtual products", meaning that they are simply licensing levels, or feature sets, of Xic. If you currently run XicII or Xiv, updating to Generation 4 is simple. Just install Generation 4 Xic, and run with your present license file. Read below, however, for some important details.


  1. There is only one program (named "Xic") and distribution file.

  2. Depending on your license, the program may provide a reduced feature set. There are three levels:
    VIEWER (Xiv license)
    No editing, extraction, DRC.
    EDITOR (XicII license)
    No extraction, DRC.
    FULL (Xic license)
    All features enabled.

  3. IF YOU RUN XicII or Xiv ON LINUX or OS X...

    You will need to set the XT_AUTH_MODE envirionment variable to Local (or else run a license server).

    Add a line to your shell startup file: For bash, in $HOME/.bashrc

    export XT_AUTH_MODE=Local
    For tcsh, in $HOME/.cshrc
    setenv XT_AUTH_MODE Local

    The XicII and Xiv programs previously used Local authentication (no license server) by default. Xic, however, uses Server mode by default on other than Windows.

  4. Previously, there were predefined macros defined when running the programs: "Xic", "XicII", and "Xiv". These were tested in the example technology files to hide inappropriate constructs. For example, design rules are not known to XicII and Xiv, so that a full Xic technology file that includes design rules would generate warning messages when used with these programs. To avoid this, the design rules are specified in macro test blocks:
    IfDef Xic
    design rule definitions...
    THIS NO LONGER WORKS! The macro "Xic" is now always defined!

    As a replacement, there is a new FEATURESET macro, that is defined to one of "VIEWER", "EDITOR", or "FULL". The lines above can be replaced by

    design rule definitions...
    The example technology files have this change. You may need to make similar changes to your custom technology file.

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