kic(1) an editor for integrated circuits and photolithography masks


kic [-t <tech>] [-d <display>] [<kicfile>]
Information about layer names and general preferences are taken from the file stored in the library with the name kic_tech.<tech> , e.g with the option -tabc , the technology file is used. Technology files are searched in the current directory or the one defined with the environment variable KIC_LIB_DIR.
is the X11 display name to be used. If not given, $DISPLAY will be used.
is the file that should be edited.


kic is an interactive graphical editor for drawing patterns used to generate photomasks for lithography (production of integrated circuits etc). Note from the README file accompanying the distribution:

KIC is distributed by Whiteley Research Inc.,

Disclaimer: Steve Whiteley and Whiteley Research Inc. don't guarantee or imply that this software is suitable for any purpose. This is free public domain software, use at your own risk.

More help is to be found in the built-in help or in the stand-alone help reader kichelp (which accesses the same file).


directory where technology files, logo font, and help texts are stored (default depends on the installation, probably /usr/lib/kic)


help file for kichelp and builtin help (formatted ASCII, can be modified)
technology files
font for LOGO (text writing) command


Too large files (flat of several dozens of MB) may hang the program.

If a layer is not defined in the current technology file, the program just complains and shows nothing. The user has to add the layer manually (either with the ATTri command or in the technology file itself).

Layer names with less than 4 characters may not be recognized in imported files, if the layer definition line does not end with ';' (semicolon).

Coordinates with resolutions below 1/10 of the unit (1um normally) cannot be generated with KIC but are displayed correctly. Coordinate entry (CTRL-E) is a replacement for pointing, therefore also subject to grid snapping (i.e, truncation).


This manpage was written by Y.Bonetti
for the Debian GNU/Linux project, based on the KIC sources, its accompanying documentation, and experience.