From ASICs to SOCs: A Practical Approach, 1st edition

  • Farzad Nekoogar
  • Faranak Nekoogar

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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 designs
  • Tips and guidelines for front-end and back-end designs
  • Modern physical design techniques
  • Integration of IPs on SOC designs
  • Low-power design techniques and methodologies
  • VOIP (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 engineering.

Table of contents

List of Abbreviations.



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.



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Published by Pearson (May 28th 2003) - Copyright © 2003