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Ken Kundert , Olaf Zinke

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4 Oct 2013 1475781598 978-1475781595 Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2004
The Verilog Hardware Description Language (Verilog-HDL) has long been the most popular language for describing complex digital hardware. It started life as a prop- etary language but was donated by Cadence Design Systems to the design community to serve as the basis of an open standard. That standard was formalized in 1995 by the IEEE in standard 1364-1995. About that same time a group named Analog Verilog International formed with the intent of proposing extensions to Verilog to support analog and mixed-signal simulation. The first fruits of the labor of that group became available in 1996 when the language definition of Verilog-A was released. Verilog-A was not intended to work directly with Verilog-HDL. Rather it was a language with Similar syntax and related semantics that was intended to model analog systems and be compatible with SPICE-class circuit simulation engines. The first implementation of Verilog-A soon followed: a version from Cadence that ran on their Spectre circuit simulator. As more implementations of Verilog-A became available, the group defining the a- log and mixed-signal extensions to Verilog continued their work, releasing the defi- tion of Verilog-AMS in 2000. Verilog-AMS combines both Verilog-HDL and Verilog-A, and adds additional mixed-signal constructs, providing a hardware description language suitable for analog, digital, and mixed-signal systems. Again, Cadence was first to release an implementation of this new language, in a product named AMS Designer that combines their Verilog and Spectre simulation engines.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pointer to more information 11 Dec 2004
By Kenneth S. Kundert - Published on
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to the language & excelent reference 22 Dec 2005
By August West - Published on
This book is currently the only up-to-date reference book for Verilog-A and Verilog-AMS (the book by Fitzpatrick is very incomplete and way out of date).

It introduces the language by using a series of relatively simple yet useful examples. In doing so it gets you up and running quickly and then builds your knowledge of the language. It takes you through Verilog-A in some depth, then presents enough Verilog-HDL (the digital subset) to give analog designers a workable understanding of Verilog, and then covers Verilog-AMS in depth.

The book has one chapter that acts as a complete reference for the manual for VerilogA/MS and and excellent index. I use the book as a reference as I write models and can always find what I am looking for very quickly.

In short, I recommend it whole-heartily. It is an essential book for anyone that uses Verilog-A or Verilog-AMS.

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An introduction to Verilog AMS 14 Aug 2006
By Mark Dickmann - Published on
I am new to verilog A and even newer to Verilog AMS. I thought the book was a reasonable introduction to the language, but I prefer a longer text with more content. The book is only of moderate length and expensive as seems to be typical of Kluwer texts. There are also some spots where clarity, at least to myself, was lacking. A user will need the Verilog AMS license from Cadence to use this language. Lacking such a license, I was never able to apply the mixed signal info from the text. For the pure Verilog A user who is doing only analog and not mixed signal sims, this book may not offer an advantage over Fitzpatrick's book even though it is newer. For the practicing engineer, this text is a far better way of getting introduced to Verilog AMS than Cadence's cryptic documentation.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Verilog AMS 18 Dec 2007
By R. E. Seymour - Published on
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I design ADCs. I bought this book because we the tool became available to me at work. My first impression was underwhelming. However, as a reference book I have found it useful, and one of my associates borrows it also.

This is about all that is available. It is useful.
4.0 out of 5 stars It's pretty good, actually 10 Sep 2008
By Stephen Williams - Published on
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This book has no competition that I know of. There are no other books about Verilog-AMS so no relative comparison is possible. But I admit that I do not regret spending the money for my copy, and until something better comes along, you should too if you are expecting to do any work in Verilog-AMS.

Note that this is not a text book in Analog/Mixed signal simulation in general. People planning to get this book really should know the generic basics already.
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