The Magic Home Page

Welcome to Magic! Magic is an interactive editor for VLSI layouts that runs under 4.3 BSD Unix, as well as derivatives such as Digital's Ultrix and Sun's Sun OS.  If you are a first-time user, you should use check the tutorials first to get acquainted with the system. More experienced users can discover all the available options and features of the program in the man-page.

Magic runs in two different configurations. For workstations with an integrated color display, one window of the screen is used to display text (commands and Magic's responses) and other windows are used for displaying layouts in color. In older systems using serial-line terminals, Magic uses two terminals: one for text and a separate color display for displaying layouts. In these systems you should run Magic from the text display.

Normally, Magic is run under a window system such as X11 (preferred) or Sun Tools. The command line switch "-d" can be used to tell Magic which kind of window system you are running, although Magic is pretty good at guessing. When using serial-line terminals, the "-d", "-g", and "-i" switches can be used, and the file ~cad/lib/displays should be created by the system administrator (see DISPLAYS(5) manual page).

Man Page Manual Pages
Magic Tutorial #1 Getting Started
Magic Tutorial #2 Basic Painting and Selection
Magic Tutorial #3 Advanced Painting (Wiring and Plowing)
Magic Tutorial #4 Cell Hierarchies
Magic Tutorial #5 Multiple Windows
Magic Tutorial #6 Design-Rule Checking
Magic Tutorial #7 Netlists and Routing
Magic Tutorial #8 Circuit Extraction
Magic Tutorial #9 Format Conversion for CIF and Calma
Magic Tutorial #10 The Interactive Router
Magic Tutorial #11 Using RSIM with Magic
Magic Maintainer's Manual #1 Hints for System Maintainers
Magic Maintainer's Manual #2 The Technology File
Magic Maintainer's Manual #3 Display Styles, Color Maps, and Glyphs
Magic Maintainer's Manual #4 Using Magic Under X Windows
Magic Technology Manual #1 NMOS
Magic Technology Manual #2 SCMOS

updated Feb. 2, 1996

Corey Schaffer