Electric VLSI Installation

ElectricVLSI is a free software that runs with Java, which makes it a cross platform software.

Installation Directions #

Place all the required files into the same folder to keep things organized.

Files to Download #

  • Download Electric (Link) - Get the GNU Electric Binary Release version 9.07
  • Download electricSFS-9.07.jar (Link)

Files to Install #

Enable LTSpice Plugin #

  • Follow the directions on this link using the new version of pspice

Enable 3D View Plugin #

  • Follow the steps on this link.
  • Then copy the contents from C:\Program Files\Java\Java3D\1.5.1\bin and C:\Program Files\Java\Java3D\1.5.1\lib\ext to the folder where you have electricBinary-9.07.jar
  • Add the 3 new jar files to the shortcut target name:
  • %programfiles%\Java\jre1.8.0_261\bin\java.exe -classpath “electricBinary-9.07.jar;electricSFS9.07.jar;j3dcore.jar;j3dutils.jar;vecmath.jar” com.sun.electric.Launcher

Command Keys #

General Commands #

  • U - Undo
  • F - Fit Window
  • J - Rotate component
  • CTRL+I or Q - Edit component
  • Point A -> Left click and then Point B -> right click - Connect component
  • CTRL + Mouse Wheel - Zoom in and out
  • CTRL + Left click - Select different elements from a component

Schematic and Layout Error Check Commands #

  • F5 - DRC check
  • L - NCC (schematic and layout validation)

References #

1. "To Set-up Electric and LTspice on your PC", YouTube Channel [Video]