Guidlines for tape out of a chip
For each chip released to the mask shop, there are internal company procedures that
have to be followed. For example, the division management, together with the
project leaders and the circuit and layout designers, should review all audit
reports, additional company standard sign off procedures, and sign and release
the tape and the accompanying documents and data.
It is a good practice to take care that all the macros, documents, verification
results, audit reports, and command files related to the chip that has been taped
out are filed for easy access in future releases. If there are any problems with the
released project, it will be easy to access all the related setups and documents.