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p2m (Picture 2 Metal) is a simple program that takes an image file and converts it to a layout suitable for placement on an integrated circuit chip. Of course, colors don't come through in the layout; p2m uses a black-and-white dithered version of the image. Basically, every "on" pixel in the image gets translated to a small rectangle on the layout. You tell p2m things like how big you want the layout, what format you want it in, and what mask layer you want it on.

With p2m, any image that you can get on your computer screen you can put on your chip. People have also used p2m to create custom circuit structures, such as spiral inductors and antennas, from drawings produced by tools such as xfig, AutoCad, and even gnuplot. If you can draw it, you can fab it.

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Unix workstation with X Windows

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C compiler (like gcc)

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