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Essential Electronic Design Automation (EDA)

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Essential Electronic Design Automation (EDA)

  • A unique, easy-to-understand introduction to the EDA software tools used to design IC microchips

  • Includes all aspects of EDA: business, technical, tool vendor and end user views, IC and EDA industry trends

  • Explains (in simple English) the concepts and terminology of IC design issues and the EDA tools that deal with them

  • Covers the complete range of EDA tools from electronic system-level through front-end functional design, synthesis, and backend physical design

  • Ideal for non-technical readers in sales, marketing, public relations, legal, finance, students, and new entrants to the EDA, semiconductor or related industries

Essential Electronic Design Automation (EDA) demystifies this highly technical industry for anyone with a "need-to-know" about EDA. A friendly, informal introduction to EDA business and technology, clear enough for laypeople yet detailed enough for technical readers. The book also makes an excellent complementary text for cross-disciplinary engineering, business and marketing courses on VLSI Design.

Simply and clearly, veteran industry leader Mark Birnbaum introduces the design problems EDA is intended to solve, the tools that exist to solve them, the designers who use them, and what makes EDA crucial to electronic product and chip design.

  • Explains how EDA fits into the electronic product and semiconductor industries

  • Examines the EDA industry from both the tool user and EDA software vendor perspectives, including business models, return on investment, and tool evaluation

  • Includes electronic system-level tools for defining what ICs will do, front-end functional chip-level tools for design how the IC will behave, and back-end design tools for implementing the IC physical layout

  • Discusses EDA industry trends and IC design issues, including deep submicron challenges, intellectual property (IP), and system-on-chip (SoC)

  • Includes EDA standards organizations and publications

Industry newcomers will appreciate the book's extensive set of appendices, including primers on electricity, semiconductor manufacturing, computing, and common dimensions, reference sources and a complete glossary with acronym pronunciation.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Prentice Hall Modern Semiconductor Design Series
  3. Preface
  4. Introduction to EDA
    1. Introduction
    2. EDA Party—Users and Tools
    3. EDA Benefits
    4. Summary
  5. The Business of EDA
    1. Introduction
    2. EDA User Return on Investment
    3. EDA Vendor Return on Investment
    4. EDA Tool Development Sources
    5. The Time-to-Market Competition
    6. EDA Business Models
    7. EDA Industry Growth
    8. EDA People and Conferences
    9. Summary
    10. Quick Quiz
  6. The User Perspective
    1. Introduction
    2. Four Key EDA User Decisions
    3. How to Buy EDA Tools—Five Key Issues
    4. Standards Efforts—Who, What, and Why
    5. Personnel—The Key to EDA Support
    6. University Connections
    7. Summary
    8. Quick Quiz
  7. Overview of EDA Tools and Design Concepts
    1. Introduction
    2. Major Classes of EDA Tools
    3. Essential EDA Concepts
    4. Design—The Art of Trial and Error
    5. Architecture, Methodology, and Design Flow
    6. Summary
    7. Quick Quiz
  8. Electronic System-Level Design Tools
    1. Introduction
    2. System-Level Design Tools
    3. Hardware/Software Integration
    4. Approaches to Co-Design
    5. Embedded Systems
    6. Summary
    7. Quick Quiz
  9. Front-end Design Tools
    1. Introduction
    2. Design Capture Tools
    3. Verification Tools
    4. Timing Analysis Tools
    5. Design for Test Tools
    6. Power-Related Tools
    7. Synthesis Tools
    8. Summary
    9. Quick Quiz
  10. Back-end Design Tools (Physical Design)
    1. Introduction
    2. Physical Layout Tools
    3. Design Rule Check Tools
    4. Extraction and Timing Analysis Tools
    5. Signal Integrity Issues
    6. Thermal Design Tools
    7. Manufacturing Preparation Steps
    8. Product Engineering Tools
    9. Porting Designs to New Processes
    10. Summary
    11. Quick Quiz
  11. Trends
    1. EDA Design Environment Trends
    2. EDA Tool Trends
    3. Design for Manufacture (DFM) Trends
    4. System-on-Chip and IP Trends
    5. Semiconductor Trends
    6. Summary
  12. Elementary Electricity
    1. Introduction
    2. Electrical Attributes
    3. Other Electrical Effects
    4. Electrical Components
  13. Semiconductor Manufacturing
    1. Introduction
    2. Manufacturing Process
    3. IC Testing
    4. Process Improvements
  14. Signals to Software
    1. Introduction
    2. Transistor Circuits
    3. Analog and Digital
    4. Memory
    5. Logic
    6. Signal Delay
    7. Computers
    8. Software
  15. Metrics
    1. Introduction
  16. References
    1. Conferences
    2. Organizations
    3. Standards Groups
    4. Publications
    5. EDA Internet Sites
    6. Universities
  17. ICs, IP, and SoC
    1. The IC Industry
    2. Design Re-use and Intellectual Property
    3. System-on-Chip
    4. Summary
  18. EDA Glossary—Terms and Acronyms
  19. About the Author
  20. Index