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Sometimes it is useful to find out information about a layout cell that is associated with a particular element model. This is particularly true for PCell developers. Some questions that can be answered are the following:

  1. What is the name of the layout cell associated with a given element model?

  2. What version of the cell are we currently using in layouts associated with this schematic element?

  3. What is the name of the module that contains this layout cell?

  4. What is the exact path on my system to the module from which this layout cell was loaded?

  5. Can I get a short description of this layout cell?

Scripting How-To: How Can I Determine Which Version of a Model is Being Used and Where it is Being Loaded From? we'll use the MLIN model as the starting point for answering these questions. First lets write some code to determine the name of the layout cell that is associated with the MLIN model. To do this we'll make use of the CellMappings collection on the application object. Here's an example:

 ' Get the layout cell name associated with MLIN model
Sub Main
        Debug.Print MWOffice.CellMappings("MLIN").CellName
End Sub

Running this code we get the following output:


So the name is the same but with an asterisk. Now we know that how to go form the Model name MLIN to the layout cell name. Next let's use this with the LayoutCells collection on the Application object to get a reference to this cell and print information about it.

 ' Get information about the MLIN model's layout cell.
Sub Main
        Dim layCell As LayoutCell
        Dim cellName As String

        cellName = MWOffice.CellMappings("MLIN").CellName
        Set layCell = MWOffice.LayoutCells(cellName)

        Debug.Print "Name            = " & layCell.Name
        Debug.Print "Description     = " & layCell.Description
        Debug.Print "Version         = " & layCell.Version
        Debug.Print "Module Name     = " & layCell.ModuleName
        Debug.Print "Module Filename = " & layCell.ModuleFilename
End Sub

Here we do the same thing as before and get the cell name into a string. Then we use this string as an index into the LayoutCells collection to get a LayoutCell reference in


. Next we use our layout cell reference to print information about this cell. Running the program we get the following output:

Name            = MLIN*
Description     = Default microstrip line cell
Version         = 0
Module Name     = Cel_defs.dll
Module Filename = H:\MWO_Dev\Debug\cells\Cel_defs.dll

So this is the "MLIN*" cell which is the "Default microstrip line cell", we are currently using version number 0 which is loaded from the "Cel_defs.dll" that is located at "H:\MWO_Dev\Debug\cells\Cel_defs.dll". That's a pretty good summary.

Using PowerShell we can do the same thing in the following four lines:

PS > $MWOffice = new-object -comobject MWOApp.MWOffice
PS > $cellName = $MWOffice.CellMappings.Item("MLIN").CellName
PS > $Cell = $MWOffice.LayoutCells.Item($cellName)
PS > $Cell | select Name,Description,Version,ModuleName,ModuleFilename
Name           : MLIN*
Description    : Default microstrip line cell
Version        : 0
ModuleName     : Cel_defs.dll
ModuleFilename : H:\MWO_Dev\Debug\cells\Cel_defs.dll

PS >

Either way we can get a detailed report on the layout cell associated with a given element model in the AWR Design Environment.