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 ...