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Modern VLSI Design: System-on-Chip Design (3rd Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Wayne Wolf
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For Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering courses that cover the design and technology of very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuits and systems. May also be used as a VLSI reference for professional VLSI design engineers, VLSI design managers, and VLSI CAD engineers.

Modern VSLI Design provides a comprehensive “bottom-up” guide to the design of VSLI systems, from the physical design of circuits through system architecture with focus on the latest solution for system-on-chip (SOC) design. Because VSLI system designers face a variety of challenges that include high performance, interconnect delays, low power, low cost, and fast design turnaround time, successful designers must understand the entire design process. The Third Edition also provides a much more thorough discussion of hardware description languages, with introduction to both Verilog and VHDL. For that reason, this book presents the entire VSLI design process in a single volume.

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The state of the art in VLSI design- layouts, circuits, logic, floorplanning, and architectures
New techniques for maximizing performance and minimizing power usage
Extensive new coverage of advanced interconnect models, including copper
Up-to-the-minute coverage of IP-based design
Detailed HDL introductions- Verilog and VHDL
The #1 VLSI design guide-now fully updated to reflect the latest advances in SoC design
Modern VLSI Design, System-on-Chip Design, Third Edition is a comprehensive, "bottom-up" guide to the entire VLSI design process, focusing on the latest solutions for System-on-Chip (SoC) design. Wayne Wolf reviews every aspect of digital design, from planning and layout to fabrication and packaging, introducing today's most advanced techniques for maximizing performance, minimizing power utilization, and achieving rapid design turnarounds. Coverage includes-
Advanced interconnect models- new techniques for overcoming delay bottlenecks, reducing crosstalk, and modeling copper interconnect
Advanced low-power design techniques for enhancing reliability and extending battery life in portable consumer electronics
Testing solutions for every level of abstraction, from circuits to architecture
Practical IP-based design solutions
A thorough overview of HDLs, including new introductions to Verilog and VHDL
Techniques for improving testability, embedded processors, and more
VLSI design for today's high-performance, low-power devices requires broader, deeper skills than ever before. Modern VLSI Design, System-on-Chip Design, Third Edition brings together those skills in a single, comprehensive resource that will be invaluable to every VLSI design engineer and manager.

About the Author

WAYNE WOLF is Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. Before joining Princeton, he was with AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1980, 1981, and 1984, respectively. His research interests include VLSI embedded computing, VLSI CAD, and multimedia information systems. He is also the author of Computers as Components: Principles of Embedded Computing Systems. Wolf has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and ACM and a member of SPIE.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 640 pages
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  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 3 edition (14 Jan. 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001GA1RI2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent textbook for great marks 10 Sept. 2008
This book has all the details you need to solve complex undergraduate and MSc-level exercises on the topics of VLSI design and SoC design and architecture. It touches several topics (see Table of Contents) with sufficient details. With just a quick read this book will give you a very good overview of the core VLSI design problems and their current solutions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars covers current ideas 23 April 2005
By W Boudville - Published on
A start of the art chip may well have over 10 million or 100 million transistors. How to design such a formidable device? Wolf gives a decent explanation to the student or engineer. You have to be careful here. The term VLSI has been in wide use since the 80s. There are scads of books with "VLSI" in their titles. Yet an unwary reader might end up trolling an obsolete text. With Wolf's book, the material reflects current design standards.

One clear difference between his book and a text from, say, 1990, is the relative deprecating of small scale circuit design. To be sure, he does explain various techniques for putting together simple circuits. These are still necessary skills. But much higher level design skills now come into play when dealing with millions of transistors.

For instance, scrutinise the chapter on floor planning. The real estate taken up by interconnect is a significant fraction of the chip. Being able to optimise subsystem layout according to various criteria like distributing a clock with minimal skew or distributing sufficient power is vital. Luckily, it is not all rule of thumb. The chapter delves into various methods to aid you.

The book should give you a good exposure to VLSI ideas.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shocking lack of editorial oversight 2 Feb. 2012
By Cian Moriarty - Published on
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This could be a great book but it is let down by truly awful editing. Wolf writes well but his clarity is lost in the sea of mistakes that made it to press. The text often refers to the wrong figure or to one not present, figures are duplicated, formulas have mistakes in them (including easy to find errors like mismatched parenthesis), node and component names are renamed in place but not another, etc., etc.

Basically the editors were asleep at the wheel. In general you will spend easily as much time trying to weed out the numerous mistakes as you will actually learning anything. Or worse give up thinking that the subject matter is beyond you.

How this book made it to third edition in such a raw state is beyond me and a black mark on Prentice Hall's usually excellent editorial reputation. Do yourself a favor and avoid this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Weak and disorganized 13 July 2006
By Dr J. Scott - Published on
After some years in the IC design business (mostly analog) I needed to teach a course on ASICSs. This book was the text specified by my predecessor. I did not like the book, and eventually read the Weste and Harris book in its 3rd edition. Wolf is not nearly as clear, complete and logically organized as Weste and Harris - no comparison.
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