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XML Translators

EdaXML Spec
Platforms Supported

XML EDA Translators

Elgris Technologies, Inc. (Elgris) has  a suite of XML Interface Tools for EDA. XML (eXtensible Markup Language) defines a set of rules for writing markup languages. XML was used to define a markup language called EdaXML. The XML rules for EdaXML are defined in an XML Document Type Definition (DTD) called EdaXML.dtd. EdaXML.dtd can be inspected at  here.

EdaXML is based on a comprehensive EXPRESS Information Model, the same information model used for designing EDIF V 4 0 0. EdaXML covers Schematics,Connectivity, PCB and MCM. This information model can be obtained from Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), 2500 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201.

Elgris has  XML translators for:

Mentor Graphics’ DesignArchitect and Boardstation
Mentor Graphics' Workview
Cadence OrCAD Capture
PADS Powerlogic
Cadence ConceptHDL Schematic Capture

Elgris has  tools for validating the XML output:  An EdaXML viewer and syntax and semantic checkers are available for download. These  utilities can also validate all the versions of EDIF: EDIF V 2 0 0, EDIF V 3 0 0 and EDIF V 4 0 0.

Using XML allows users to apply all the wealth of available   free XML tools to EDA data: for publishing EDA symbols, PCB footprints, and whole EDA designs in a highly portable, web-oriented, neutral format. EdaXML is a natural complement to Si2’s ECIX QuickData Specification: it is no longer necessary to have a subset of the EDA data, the user can combine ECIX QuickData Searchable attributes with an easy XML access to the real thing: real EDA symbol, real PCB footprints, etc. EdaXML will facilitate design collaboration over the Web using XML Web servers, provide true interoperability between various EDA databases and allow linking seamlessly designs on multiple EDA platforms.

EDA Platforms Supported

Mentor Graphics
Cadence OrCAD


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