September 18, 2001 - Zuken has announced an information utility for free download which enables designers dealing with IBIS (I/O Buffer Information Specification) models to extract information from the files more quickly and easily. With the 'ibisinf' utility, the user can instantly list devices included in an IBIS file or the different models that are assigned to those devices. It can be downloaded from the Zuken website at www.zuken.com/ibis or from the IBIS site at www.eigroup.org/ibis/ and is available for Windows, Linux, Solaris and HP-UX.
Users usually obtain IBIS files from semiconductor vendors via the web or other channels, or from modelling services. As an IBIS file is in textual format with special syntax, it is sometimes difficult to validate the content of the file and to determine what devices are described. It can also be difficult to establish the number and types of buffer models that describe the behaviour of the device pins included in the file. In the past, users have had to use a text editor to visually inspect files or have depended on the functionality within their EDA tools for checking IBIS files.
The donation of the 'ibisinf' utility demonstrates Zuken's commitment to industrial standards and to active participation in the IBIS consortium. In fact, the utility uses the official IBIS parser, or Golden Parser, which has been developed for the IBIS consortium, so 'ibisinf' also verifies the syntax conformity of an IBIS file.