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Re: Granularity of DRC error code


Yeah I like this.

For the basic rules, we could still make it so that each basic rule had
independent severity while generating common error codes, although that
increases complexity. It might be better to keep one error code per "basic"
rule, except for the ones we are already in agreement can be consolidated.

Then for net class and custom rules, we can just have the severity be a
rule property, not an error code property.


On Thu, Jun 11, 2020, 13:36 Ian McInerney <Ian.S.McInerney@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Another example I just thought of (not involving costs): differential pair
> rules. We could have a category "Trace length mismatch" (or some other
> name...), and then someone could define rules such that:
> Rule 1) If mismatch > x, flag the "Trace length mismatch" as an error
> Rule 2) If mismatch > y, flag the "Trace length mismatch" as a warning
> When x > y and rule 1 is a higher priority, this can then basically allow
> for a zone for the DRC to flag the length mismatch where the design will
> still work, but is not ideal as a warning, and any larger values where the
> design would fail as an error.
> -Ian
> On Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 6:25 PM Ian McInerney <Ian.S.McInerney@xxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
>> On Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 1:13 PM Jeff Young <jeff@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > Imagine that violating the micro-via min bumps me up a classification
>>> but violating the through-via min drops me out of pooling.  There’s a big
>>> cost difference between those two.
>>> >
>> This is why I think switching to the severities coming from the rules
>> would be a better way than defining them by the category of the violation.
>> By doing that we can limit the need for a lot of categories of violations.
>> We can for instance have a single code for "Minimum drill violated", and
>> then have two different rules for the minimum u-via drill and the minimum
>> through-via drill. Then those rules can treat the code "Minimum drill
>> violated" as either a warning or an error as they see fit.
>> -Ian

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