This set of VLSI Multiple Choice Questions & Answers (MCQs) focuses on “Design Using CIF Code”.
1. Caltech intermediate form code is a
a) low-level graphic language
b) low-level textual language
c) high-level graphic language
d) high-level textual language
Explanation: Caltech intermediate form code is a low-level graphic language used to specify geometry of integrated circuits.
2. CIF generates code which are
a) high-level language
b) assembly level language
c) machine readable language
d) very high-level language
Explanation: CIF code is to communicate chip geometry in a standard machine readable form for mask-making.
3. CIF code is compatible with
a) low system geometry
b) large system geometry
c) both low and large system geometry
d) medium system geometry
Explanation: CIF code is reasonable compact and can cope with both low and large system geometry. It is easily readable.
4. Design through CIF is done using
a) color codes
b) geometric shapes
c) different layer thickness
Explanation: In Caltech intermediate form code, the design is given using geometric shapes. Boxes, polygons and wires are readily defined.
5. The CIF dimensions are given in the form of
a) X,Y coordinates
b) lambda form
c) millimeter form
d) alpha form
Explanation: The CIF dimensions and positions are given in X, Y coordinate form but are in absolute dimension units and not in lambda form.
6. Polygons in CIF are specified in terms of
Explanation: In CIF, polygons(P) are specified in terms of vertices in order. An n-sided polygon needs n vertices and a connection between first and last.
7. Wires are specified in terms of
Explanation: Wires(W) are specified in terms of their width followed by the center line’s coordinates of the wire’s path.
8. CIF can also accommodate rotations and translations.
Explanation: CIF also accommodates cells and rotations and translations etc along with geometrical shaped designs.
9. If vector coordinate is (1,0) it indicates that
a) length is parallel to y-axis
b) length is parallel to x-axis
c) width is parallel to y-axis
d) width is parallel to x-axis
Explanation: If the vector coordinate is (1,0), it denotes that the length will be parallel to the x-axis. The direction is always assumed parallel to the length.
10. In which layer the geometrical structures exist?
Explanation: In CIF design is done using geometrical structures like boxes, polygons, etc and these boxes exist in the silicon layer.
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