2 VLSI Technology
In this chapter we review some basic concepts in integrated circuit technology. Since FPGAs are standard parts we have no control over the detailed design of the chips. However, many aspects of VLSI design do determine the characteristics of the FPGA and how we must use it to implement our logic. In many cases, a qualitative knowledge of VLSI principles is sufficient to understand why certain problems occur and what we can do about them.
You can make use of most of the material on FPGAs without reading this chapter. However, a basic knowledge of VLSI technology will help you appreciate some of the finer points ...