Best Reference Books – VLSI System Design

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on VLSI System Design subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on VLSI System Design along with reviews.

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1. “Principles of CMOS VLSI Design : A Systems Perspective” by N H E Weste and K Eshraghian

“Principles of CMOS VLSI Design” Book Review: This book presents a detailed and in depth coverage in the field of modern CMOS VLSI designs. The author takes into consideration the extensive industry and classroom experience thereby introducing the most advanced and effective chip design practices. The book covers every key element of VLSI design and illustrates the latest design challenges with 65nm process examples. The book also illustrates circuit level coverage, a varied set of problems and worked examples that are very helpful to the readers.

2. “Modern VLSI Design: Systems on Silicon” by W Wolf

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“Modern VLSI Design: A System-on-Chip Design” Book Review: This book is a comprehensive, “bottom-up” guide to the entire VLSI design process, focusing on the latest solutions for System-on-Chip (SoC) design. The author reviews every aspect of digital design, from planning and layout to fabrication and packaging, introducing today’s most advanced techniques for maximizing performance, minimizing power utilization, and achieving rapid design turnarounds. The book is suitable for professional VLSI design engineers, VLSI design managers, VLSI CAD engineers, and students of electrical engineering and computer engineering.

3. “Digital Integrated Circuits: A Design Perspective” by J Rabaey and B. Nikolic

Book Review: This book bridges the gap that is present between circuit view and system view of digital integrated circuit design. The book maintains a consistent, logical flow of subject matter and addresses the most significant and compelling topics of today. These include impact of interconnect, low power design, timing issues, clocking issues, design methodologies and many other tremendous effects of design automation on digital design perspective. This book is very useful for readers and professionals who are interested in digital circuit design.

4. “An Introduction to VLSI Physical Design” by M. Sarafzadeh and C K Wong

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Book Review: This book covers the concepts of physical design flow and latest VLSI design technology and methodology. The book also covers performance driven design, multi chip module technology and FPGAs. Each chapter in the book contains exercises on 2 sections these include concepts and computer programming. To maintain a consistent flow throughout the chapters, once the topics are introduced, they are followed by detailed and in depth discussion of the ideas. The book also explains how the real world designs are impacted by future evolutions.

5. “High-Level Synthesis: Introduction to Chip and System Design” by D D Gajaski

“High-Level Synthesis: Introduction to Chip and System Design” Book Review: This book provides a comprehensive coverage of high-level synthesis and its fundamental concepts. A thorough discussion on the main algorithms used in high-level synthesis is presented along with the essential issues and requirements of high-level synthesis systems and environments. Each chapter of the book concludes with a summary of the fundamental concepts and results while simultaneously defining the remaining open problems. This book is suitable for students and professionals alike.

6. “Computer-Aided Design and VLSI Device Development” by Soo-Young Oh Keunmyung Lee

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“Computer –Aided Design and VLSI Device Development” Book Review: This book elucidates the fundamental concepts indispensable for ULSI/VLSI device developments such as the device simulation program PISCES, the process program SUPREM III, and the three-dimensional parasitics simulator FCAP3. The book also presents case studies which describe the application of simu­lation tools to solve VLSI device design problems in detail. The physics of the problems are illustrated and solved with the help of numerical simulations. Both students and professionals will find this book to be an interesting read.

7. “Algorithms for VLSI Design Automation” by Sabih H Gerez

“Algorithms for VLSI Design Automation” Book Review: This book focuses on the algorithms which are the building blocks of the design automation software which generates the layout of VLSI circuits. It also provides background knowledge of graph theory, complexity of algorithms, and general-purpose methods for combinatorial optimization. About 50 algorithms (from graph theory, layout design, simulation, logic synthesis and high-level synthesis) are presented in detail by means of pseudo-code and step-by-step examples. It’s a good starting point for chip designers or programmers who want to specialize in building CAD tools themselves as well as for students in computer science or electronic engineering taking VLSI design automation courses.

8. “BASIC VLSI DESIGN : SYSTEMS & CIRCUITS 3/ED 3rd Edition” by Douglas A Pucknell

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“Basic VLSI Design: Systems and Circuits” Book Review: This thoroughly revised and updated VLSI text covers nMOS, CMOS, BiCMOS and gallium arsenide technologies in detail. This book includes a successful and innovative design methodology based on the ring diagrams for GaAs circuits. It also includes an expanded and better coverage of arithmetic circuits, scaling and an in-depth treatment of the micro-technologies meant for the design of different VLSI circuits. It provides a direct, yet inclusive treatment of VLSI design processes and design rules for students and novice digital systems designers.

9.”Modern VLSI Design: IP-Based Design” Wayne Wolf

“Modern VLSI Design: IP-based Design” Book Review: This book presents a well-founded coverage of the entire VLSI design process—from architecture and logic design through layout and packaging. The author introduces newer, powerful IP-based design techniques at the gates, subsystems, and architecture levels. The top-down, systematic design methodology adopted in this text begins with high-level models, extends from circuits to architecture, and facilitates effective testing. The author has also dealt with a much deeper understanding of logic design fundamentals, clocking and timing, etc. The book is suitable for students and professionals alike.

10. “CMOS VLSI Design : A Circuits and Systems Perspective” by Ayan Banerjee and Neil H E Weste

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“CMOS VLSI Design: A Circuits and Systems Perspective” Book Review: This book offers a deeper understanding of circuit simulation, array subsystems, and special purpose subsystems. Design methodologies and tools are also covered. An introductory overview of the technology is followed by a detailed explanation of CMOS VLSI design concepts. MOS transistor theory, CMOS processing technology, circuit design techniques, circuit characterizations and estimates of performance, testing and verification techniques are some of the crucial topics covered in this volume. Many illustrative examples are used to explain the concepts clearly and a lot of exercises are provided for diligent practice. Students and professionals will find this to be an interesting read.

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