This practical, tool-independent guide to designing digital circuits takes a unique, top-down approach, reflecting the nature of the design process in industry. Starting with architecture design, the book comprehensively explains the why and how of digital circuit design, using the physics designers need to know, and no more. Covering system and component aspects, design verification, VHDL modeling, signal integrity, clocking and more, the scope of the book is uniquely comprehensive. With a focus on CMOS technology, numerous examples - VHDL and Verilog code, architectural concepts, and failure reports - practical guidelines, and design checklists, this engaging textbook for senior undergraduate and graduate courses on digital ICs will prepare students for the realities of real-world circuit design. Practitioners will also find the book valuable for its insights and its practical approach. Instructor only solutions and lecture slides are available at: www.cambridge.org/Kaeslin.
• Uses a top-down approach, reflecting the way circuits are designed in industry, moving from VLSI architecture design to CMOS fabrication • Key concepts and theory are explained when needed to provide the student with useful insights • Practical hints and tips, case studies and checklists provide a how and when guide to design
Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction to microelectronics; 2. From algorithms to architectures; 3. Functional verification; 4. Modelling hardware with VHDL; 5. The case for synchronous design; 6. Clocking of synchronous circuits; 7. Acquisition of asynchronous data; 8. Gate- and transistor-level design; 9. Energy efficiency and heat removal; 10. Signal integrity; 11. Physical design; 12. Design verification; 13. VLSI economics and project management; 14. A primer on CMOS technology; 15. Outlook; Appendices: A. Elementary digital electronics; B. Finite state machines; C. VLSI designer's checklist; D. Symbols and constants.
'[The top-down] emphasis of the text … should be right on the money and is very timely.' Joanne DeGroat, Ohio State University