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Designing Large Chips: From Concept to Silicon

VLSI Circuit Design Methodology Demystified: A Conceptual Taxonomy
by Adrian Offerman

Book Description: Few people truly understand how a large chip is developed, but an understanding of the whole process is necessary to appreciate the importance of each part of it and to understand the process from concept to silicon.

Unfortunately, due to its complexity and dynamic nature, the topic of VLSI circuit design methodology is not widely taught in universities nor is it well understood by many engineers. This book provides the framework for understanding the key concepts involved in the development process, giving readers a solid foundation for further advancement in the field.

Questions addressed in this book:

  • What are the requirements of a successful chip design?
  • What are the major approaches of today's VLSI circuit design practices?
  • What are the major process steps in building MOSFET transistors?
  • What is the role of functional verification in the IC design process?
  • What are the two major aspects of ASIC design flow?
  • What is Hardware Description Language (HDL)?
  • What is the most commonly used model in VLSI circuit testing?
  • What are the qualities of a good IC implementation designer?

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