My question is simple if you take the chip design files (blue print files for the fabrication process) which are used by the fabrication process that the design engineer(s) have completed the files which contain GDSII machine readable commands can these files be verified by the design group(s) to be authentic and exactly and identical to one being used by the fabrication or manufacturing facilities ? Is there some computer generated test and verification application that the engineers who designed the blue prints for the fab facilities can use to verify that the machine readable files have not been tampered with or altered at and by the factories ?

  • \$\begingroup\$ What do you mean, putting the die under the microscope and check each gate for proper placement? I am sure you can but does anyone want to... \$\endgroup\$
    – PlasmaHH
    Jul 1, 2016 at 11:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PlasmaHH I think you've got the wrong group or post. There is no mention in the OP about "putting the die under the microscope..." \$\endgroup\$
    – JkT
    Jul 14, 2016 at 13:39

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Can you check if a file is the same over time and location?
Yes. It's called check-sum.

Can you use the instruction format in the files to check?
If the format is deterministic, of course you can. Just generate the instructions again and check if they are the same.

Do you want to make your own tools for that?
Sure as hell hope not. MD5 is a file-to-file check-sum that is very popular and works on anything, with a pretty high confidence in every bit being the exact same. There are many more. You can even just use a Version Management tool's diff view to compare files and their content and see WHAT changed exactly. An example of a decent diff engine without needing version management suites (but why not get one anyway?) would be WinMerge for Windows.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Of course, the classic MOSISCRC, which I've seen other fabs use for GDSII: ftp.isi.edu/pub/mosis/info/mosiscrc.c \$\endgroup\$
    – b degnan
    Jul 1, 2016 at 13:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Asmyldof I think b degnan has got it correct. \$\endgroup\$
    – JkT
    Jul 14, 2016 at 13:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ @b degnan would you know if manufacturers like Intel AMD Apple Samsung make use of the classic MOSISCRC code or software ? \$\endgroup\$
    – JkT
    Jul 14, 2016 at 13:41

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