The term SOC (system-on-a-chip) has been used in the electronic industry over the last few years. However, there are still a lot of misconceptions associated with this term. A good number of practicing engineers don't really understand the differences between ASICs and SOCs. The fact that the same EDA tools are used for both ASICs and SOCs design and verification doesn't help to reduce the misconceptions.
This book describes the practical aspects of ASIC and SOC design and verification. It reflects the current issues facing ASIC/SOC designers.
The following items characterize the book:
It deals with everyday issues that ASIC/SOC designers have to face as opposed to generic textbook examples covered in other books.
It emphasizes principles and techniques as opposed to specific tools. Once the designers understand the underlying principles of practical design, they can apply them with various tools.
It provides tips and guidelines for front-end and back-end designs.
Modern physical design techniques are covered.
Low-power design techniques and methodologies are explored for both ASICs and SOCs.
This book is to be used for self-study by practicing engineers. Design and verification engineers who are working with ASICs and SOCs will find the book very useful. Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in electrical engineering can use it as a reference book in courses in logic and chip design and related topics.
The material covered in the book requires understanding of EDA tools as well as front-end and back-end processes in chip design. An initial course in logic design is required.