Process Design Kits (PDKs) are essentially an interface between EDA tools and the semiconductor manufacturing process which contribute to reduced design time, improved design quality, greater design consistency and ultimately, higher yields. The investment made by foundries and EDA vendors in creating PDKs is significant. This white paper will review PDK truths vs misconceptions, interoperability and innovation using PDKs, P-cells (building blocks of analog/mixed signal design), and foundry-suggested design tool combos.

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