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Modern VLSI Design: System-on-Chip Design, 3rd Edition


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  • NEW - Fully updated to reflect the latest advances in VLSI technology, circuits, and system-on-chip design.
    • Provides students with the most up-to-date information and improved coverage.

  • NEW - Detailed coverage of interconnect—Includes coverage of copper interconnect.
    • Provides students with a more thorough treatment of interconnect models, crosstalk and interconnect-centric logic design.

  • NEW - Low power design—From circuits through architecture in greater detail.
    • Gives students a greater understanding of this discipline.

  • VLSI design process—Includes layout, circuits, logic, floorplanning, and architectures.
    • Develops mastery of a range of skills across the design spectrum.

  • Testing at all levels of abstraction.
    • Allows students to check the effectiveness of their work at each stage of the design process.

  • VHDL and Verilog are introduced.
    • Enables students to understand major concepts and read design examples.


  • Copyright 2002
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/4"
  • Pages: 640
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-061970-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-061970-9

A new edition of this title is available, ISBN-10: 0137145004 ISBN-13: 9780137145003

For Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering courses that cover the design and technology of very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuits and systems. May also be used as a VLSI reference for professional VLSI design engineers, VLSI design managers, and VLSI CAD engineers.

Modern VSLI Design provides a comprehensive “bottom-up” guide to the design of VSLI systems, from the physical design of circuits through system architecture with focus on the latest solution for system-on-chip (SOC) design. Because VSLI system designers face a variety of challenges that include high performance, interconnect delays, low power, low cost, and fast design turnaround time, successful designers must understand the entire design process. The Third Edition also provides a much more thorough discussion of hardware description languages, with introduction to both Verilog and VHDL. For that reason, this book presents the entire VSLI design process in a single volume.

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapter

Basics of Circuit Design: Logic Gates

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition.

Preface to the Second Edition.


1. Digital Systems and VLSI.

Why Design Integrated Circuits? Integrated Circuit Manufacturing. CMOS Technology. Integrated Circuit Design Techniques. A Look into the Future. Summary. References. Problems.

2. Transistors and Layout.

Introduction. Fabrication Processes. Transistors. Wires and Vias. Design Rules. Layout Design and Tools. References. Problems.

3. Logic Gates.

Introduction. Combinational Logic Functions. Static Complementary Gates. Switch Logic. Alternative Gate Circuits. Low-Power Gates. Delay Through Resistive Interconnect. Delay Through Inductive Interconnect. References. Problems.

4. Combinational Logic Networks.

Introduction. Standard Cell-Based Layout. Simulation. Combinational Network Delay. Logic and Interconnect Design. Power Optimization. Switch Logic Networks. Combinational Logic Testing. References. Problems.

5. Sequential Machines.

Introduction. Latches and Flip-Flops. Sequential Systems and Clocking Disciplines. Sequential System Design. Power Optimization. Design Validation. Sequential Testing. References. Problems.

6. Subsystem Design.

Introduction. Subsystem Design Principles. Combinational Shifters. Adders. ALUs. Multipliers. High-Density Memory. Field-Programmable Gate Arrays. Programmable Logic Arrays. References. Problems.

7. Floorplanning.

Introduction. Floorplanning Methods. Off-Chip Connections. References. Problems.

8. Architecture Design.

Introduction. Hardware Description Languages. Register-Transfer Design. High-Level Synthesis. Architectures for Low Power. Systems-on-Chips and Embedded CPUs. Architecture Testing. References. Problems.

9. Chip Design.

Introduction. Design Methodologies. Kitchen Timer Chip. Microprocessor Data Path. References. Problems.

10. CAD Systems and Algorithms.

Introduction. CAD Systems. Switch-Level Simulation. Layout Synthesis. Layout Analysis. Timing Analysis and Optimization. Logic Synthesis. Test Generation. Sequential Machine Optimizations. Scheduling and Binding. Hardware/Software Co-Design. References. Problems.

Appendix A: A Chip Designer's Lexicon.

Appendix B: Chip Design Projects.

Class Project Ideas. Project Proposal and Specification. Design Plan. Design Checkpoints and Documentation.

Appendix C: Kitchen Timer Model.

Hardware Modeling in C.



Preface to the Third Edition

This third edition of Modern VLSI Design includes both incremental refinements and new topics. All these changes are designed to help keep up with the fast pace of advancements in VLSI technology and design.

The incremental refinements in the book include improvements in the discussion of low power design, the chip project, and the lexicon. Low power design was discussed in the second edition, but has become even more complex due to the higher leakages found at smaller transistor sizes. The PDP-8 used in previous editions has been replaced with a more modern data path design. Designing a complete computer is beyond the scope of most VLSI courses, but a data path makes a good class project. I have also tried to make the lexicon a more comprehensive guide to the terms in the book.

This edition shows more major improvements to the discussions of interconnect and hardware description languages. Interconnect has become increasingly important over the past few years, with interconnect delays often dominating total delay. I decided it was time to fully embrace the importance of interconnect, especially with the advent of copper interconnect. This third edition now talks more thoroughly about interconnect models, crosstalk, and interconnect-centric logic design.

The third editon also incorporates a much more thorough discussion of hardware description languages. Chapter 8, which describes architectural design, now introduces VHDL and Verilog as the major hardware description languages. Though these sections are not meant to be thorough manuals for these languages, they should provide enough information for the reader to understand the major concepts of the languages and to be able to read design examples in those languages.

As with the second edition, you can find additional helpful material on the World Wide Web at http://www.ee.princeton.edu/~wolf/modern-vlsi. This site includes overheads useful either for teaching or for self-paced learning. The site also includes supplementary materials, such as layouts and HDL descriptions. Instructors may request a book of answers to the problems in the book by calling Prentice Hall directly.


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