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How can I run Mentor Graphics' Calibre DRC using the AWR Design Environment (AWRDE)

Version and Product

AWRDE 2011 (Version 11.0) and later.

MWO and AO


The purpose of this article is to explain how to run Calibre DRC from within the AWRDE. It is assumed that Calibre DRC has been installed and is running on a UNIX or Linux computer. The details of how to set up Calibre DRC is beyond the scope of this article. For information on getting Calibre DRC running, contact your local Mentor Graphics representative.

Additionally, while we support Calibre DRC in earlier AWRDE versions, users are highly encouraged to use the latest version available because of many enhancements built in to support Calibre DRC. Some of the more significant enhancements are: support for secure shell (ssh), simpler user setup, area DRC, and the ability to mark errors as Checked or False.

The Calibre integration requires the CAL-100 feature in the License File . To determine whether or not you have this feature, perform the following steps from within the AWRDE:

  1. Select File > License > Feature Setup

  2. You must have CAL-100 in the Optional Features section.

  3. If you do not have this feature, contact your local AWR Sales representative for assistance.

Calibre DRC runs on either a UNIX or Linux computer. In this article, "Linux" will be used generically to refer to either Unix or Linux. We support both remote shell (rsh) and secure shell (ssh) as communication protocols between the PC running AWRDE and the Linux machine running Calibre DRC.

For using rsh, AWRDE uses the Windows built-in rsh functionality. For using ssh, AWRDE uses a popular free ssh, telnet, and rlogin client called PuTTY. Note that PuTTY is required if you want to use ssh.

Follow these steps using either rsh or ssh to set up the AWRDE: user.ini file (from AWRDE's drop-down menu: Help > Show Files/Directories):

For rsh:




The second Machine= designation is useful if the user account names are different on the client and host machine where Calibre runs.

For ssh:

                                Password=-i "Full path can include spaces\PuTTY_generated_private_key_file" 


Password=-pw type_user's_Linux_password 

Note that if you are using the "-pw" option, your password will be plainly visible to anyone viewing user.ini. Because of this, you may prefer the "-i" key approach, where a private/public key pair (both of which are encrypted) is generated using PuTTYgen, PuTTY's key generator. For more information on creating and using keys, refer to Chapter 8 of PuTTY's User Manual (Using public keys for SSH authentication).

After performing these steps, save and close your user.ini and text editor, and then close the Directories window.

In addition, if using ssh, the path to putty.exe needs to be specified in the Windows Path environment variable by right-clicking on My Computer, going to Properties > Advanced > Environment Variables, and adding the path to putty.exe . The default location is C:\Program Files\PuTTY .