3.5 Integration of Commercial Tools

One of the main motivations for the WAFER-STATE-SERVER is to seamlessly integrate tools from software vendors into the institute's TCAD framework. This task is successfully achieved by the I/O layer presented in Section 3.2. By implementing Writer and Reader interfaces for a given file format of a vendor the whole tool family of that vendor becomes available to the WAFER-STATE-SERVER. Thereby a mixed operation of in-house and commercial tools is possible without any necessary interactions (invocation of conversion tools) by the user.