When a foundry prepares a process for a designer to use, it’s got to communicate how that process works and how it can be used. Which has to be couched in terms that an EDA tool can use.
Problem is, each foundry has its parameters and such, and each EDA tool has its formats and such. The same information ends up getting done and redone and redone in order to cover all the players.
There have been efforts to corral this to some extent by TSMC (at the very least) with their ixxx ( … Read More → "Write Once, Read Many"