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Essential Guide to Semiconductors, The by Jim Turley

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Chapter 3. How Chips Are Designed

In this chapter...

  • Old-Style Design Process

  • New-Style Design Process

  • Verifying the Design Works

  • Using Outside IP

  • Getting to Tape Out and Film

  • Current Problems and Future Trends

Chip design has come a long way since the first semiconductor chips were assembled, literally, by hand. Rarely does a profession reinvent itself so often and so fundamentally. New chips today are designed in a completely different manner from those of just 10 years ago; it's almost certain that the job description will change again in another 10 years.

New chips are designed, naturally enough, with the help of computers. These computers (often called engineering workstations) and the chips inside them were themselves designed this way, providing ...

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