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Posted March 20, 2004
Appropriately for a book on VLSI, it starts with explaining Moore's Law. Dillinger then gives a detailed comprehensive explanation of VLSI. Beginning with the design and layout of integrated circuits, because VLSI circuits are massive combinations of these. There are discussions on how to scale up from the IC to a full VLSI layout. The pros and cons of a modular standard cell library versus using a full custom approach. The latter can give better optimisation in some aspects, like performance or area on the die. But often at a cost of greater complexity and development. There is good coverage of placement and wiring algorithms. The latter are significant because often nowadays the area taken up by wires might exceed that of the cells themselves. Test methods and design rule checking are also covered. The book ends with a chapter on VLSI processing steps. The book is from 1988 but most of it is still germane. If anything, issues like design for testing are even more important now than then. An update of the last chapter would be useful, giving details on deep submicron processing that did not exist in 1988. Plus, current state of the art layout may have quad metallisation, instead of at most dual metallisation in 1988. The influence of this on layout flexibility would be useful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.