From ASICs to SOCs

From ASICs to SOCs : A Practical Approach

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Semiconductors (chips) are the "guts" of all electronic systems and products from PDAs to supercomputers. An ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuits) is a chip designed for a special application, such as a particular kind of transmission protocol (CDMA) or a hand-held computer. SOCs (System on a Chip) are the latest advancement in chip design and take ASICs one step further. SOCs place nearly all hardware components (memory, input/output, processor core, etc.) on a single chip. ASICs (and now SOCs) are in everything from airplanes to toasters and the demand for skilled chip designers has increased. IBM remains one of the world's largest chip manufacturers and semiconductors are the second largest growth market in technology, only telecommunications is bigger. This book takes chip designers and engineers through the design process and points out what's hot today, what will be hot tomorrow, and how to design in a step-by-step format. Described in the book are the practical aspects of ASIC and SOC design. It covers the on-the-job issues that designers face. This book will emphasize the principles and techniques involved in ASIC/SOC design instead of the specific tools used. It lays out the fundamental techniques for design and verification through case studies and step-by-step coverage that reflects the current issues challenging more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 185.9 x 241.8 x 22.9mm | 644.11g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • US ed
  • 0130338575
  • 9780130338570

About Farzad Nekoogar

FARZAD NEKOOGAR is the author of Digital Control Using Digital Signal Processing and Timing Verification of Application-Specific Integrated Circuits, both from Prentice Hall PTR. He has over 15 years of experience in design and verification of ASICs (front-end and back-end), SOCs, FPGAs, boards, and systems. He has lectured at the University of California on signal processing, chip design, and theoretical physics.FARANAK NEKOOGAR has many years of experience verifying ASICs and SOCs. She is currently researching the development of low-power algorithms for Ultra-Wideband (UWB) communications at the University of California at Davis in the Department of Applied more

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Information you can put straight to work! ASICs (Application-Specific Integrated Circuits) and SOCs (Systems On a Chip) are among the hottest topics in semiconductor chip design today. If you're a front-end or back-end chip designer looking to learn the latest techniques and methodologies, this book is for you. From ASICs to SOCs: A Practical Approach explains ASIC and SOC design and verification for the real world-by covering the same issues and dilemmas you'll face on the job! An emphasis on techniques and principles over the particulars of design tools gives you a deeper understanding of the material and will make you much more effective in your work, regardless which tools you use. Topics include: Methodologies and design flows for front-end and back-end designsTips and guidelines for front-end and back-end designsModern physical design techniquesIntegration of IPs on SOC designsLow-power design techniques and methodologiesVOIP (Voice over IP) and STB (Set-Top Box) SOC design examples With content centering on practical and current information and techniques, From ASICs to SOCs: A Practical Approach is intended for self-study by practical ASIC and SOC engineers. It also makes an excellent reference book for graduate students in electrical more

Table of contents

List of Abbreviations. Preface. Acknowledgments. 1. Introduction. Introduction. Voice Over IP SOC. Intellectual Property. SOC Design Challenges. Design Methodology. Summary. References. 2. Overview of ASICs. Introduction. Methodology and Design Flow. FPGA to ASIC Conversion. Verification. Summary. References. 3. SOC Design and Verification. Introduction. Design for Integration. SOC Verification. Set-Top-Box SOC. Set-Top-Box SOC Example. Summary. References. 4. Physical Design. Introduction. Overview of Physical Design Flow. Some Tips and Guidelines for Physical Design. Modern Physical Design Techniques. Summary. References. 5. Low-Power Design. Introduction. Power Dissipation. Low-Power Design Techniques and Methodologies. Low-Power Design Tools. Tips and Guidelines for Low-Power Design. Summary. References. A. Low-Power Design Tools. PowerTheater. PowerTheater Analyst. PowerTheater Designer. B. Open Core Protocol (OCP). Highlights. Capabilities. Advantages. Key Features. C. Phase-Locked Loops (PLLs). PLL Basics. PLL Ideal Behavior. PLL Errors. Glossary. more