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Theme fund: NGI Zero Core
Start: 2024-04
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Reverse engineer the OpenAccess file format

Commercial CAE programs still dominate the community that designs electronic circuits. One of the most widely used file format here uses the OpenAccess API controlled by Si2. Unfortunately, this API is available only for members of the OpenAccess coalition. The project "foaHandler" aims at creating open-source programs for reading and writing OpenAccess files. Their internal data structure will be investigated by reverse engineering the file content of schematics, component symbols and layouts. Then, routines will be created that make it easy to import and export OpenAccess files in open-source programs like circuit simulators, layout programs etc. Example files and documentation will be published, too. This makes the data exchange between free and commercial EDA applications possible.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Core Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101092990.