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These books are specifically written for practicing analog, RF, and mixed-signal designers.
The Designer's Guide to High-Purity Oscillators by Emad Hegazi, Jacob Rael & Asad Abidi, 2004
The Designer's Guide to Verilog-AMS by Kenneth S. Kundert & Olaf Zinke, 2004.
The Designer's Guide to SPICE and Spectre by Kenneth S. Kundert, 1995.
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Essential Books for Analog, RF, and Mixed-Signal Designers
These books are recommended by members of the Designer's Guide community. If the book you are looking for is not shown below, use this link to search Amazon. Purchasing books through this link provided helps to fund the activities of The Designer's Guide Community and does not increase your cost. If you would like to recommend a new book or rate one that is already listed, email your recommendation to webmaster@designers-guide.org. Be sure to include your rating on a scale from 0 to 5. And please add specific comments about what you like about the book, and what you don't like. They will be added to descriptions below.
Analog Integrated Circuit Design
Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits by P. R. Gray, P. J. Hurst, S. H. Lewis, R. G. Meyer, 2001. 4.5 of 5 by 20
Design of Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits by Behzad Razavi, 2000. 4.5 of 5 by 13
Analog Integrated Circuit Design by David Johns and Kenneth W. Martin, 1996. 4 of 5 by 5
Design of Analog Integrated Circuits and Systems by Kenneth Laker and Willy Sansen, 1994. 5 of 5 by 3
Analog MOS Integrated Circuits for Signal Processing by Roubik Gregorian and Gabor C. Temes, 1986. 5 of 5 by 2
CMOS Analog Circuit Design by Philip E. Allen and Douglas R. Holberg, 2002. 5 of 5 by 4
Designing Analog Chips by Hans Camenzind, 2005 5 of 5 by 6
The Art of Analog Layout by Alan Hastings, 2000. 4.5 of 5 by 6
Tradeoffs and Optimization in Analog CMOS Design by David Binkley, 2008 rate it
RF Integrated Circuit Design
The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits by Thomas H. Lee, 2003. 4.5 of 5 by 14
RF Microelectronics by Behzad Razavi, 1997. 4 of 5 by 5
Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design
CMOS Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation by R. Jacob Baker, 2004. 5 of 5 by 4
CMOS Integrated Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analog Converters by Rudy J. van de Plassche, 2003. rate it
Integrated Converters : D to A and A to D Architectures, Analysis and Simulation by Paul G. A. Jespers, 2001. 4.5 of 5 by 1
Understanding Delta-Sigma Data Converters by Richard Schreier and Gabor C. Temes, 2004. 4 of 5 by 2
Delta-Sigma Modulators: Modeling, Design and Applications by George I. Bourdopoulos, Aristodemos Pnevmatikakis, Vassilis Anastassopoulos, Theodore L. Deliyannis, 2003. 5 of 5 by 3
Delta-Sigma Data Converters: Theory, Design, and Simulation by Steven R. Norsworthy, Gabor C. Temes and Richard Schreier (Editors), 1996. 4 of 5 by 4
Design of Integrated Circuits for Optical Communications by Behzad Razavi, 2003. rate it
Semiconductor Modeling
Operation and Modeling of the MOS Transistor by Yannis Tsividis, 2003. 5 of 5 by 5
MOSFET Models for SPICE Simulation, Including BSIM3v3 and BSIM4 by William Liu, 2001. 5 of 5 by 2
Modeling the Bipolar Transistor by Ian Getreu, 1979. rate it
Top-Down Design and Reuse
A Top-Down, Constraint-Driven Design Methodology for Analog Integrated Circuits by Henry Chang, et al, 1997. 5 of 5 by 1
Surviving the SOC Revolution - A Guide to Platform-Based Design by Henry Chang, et al, 1999. 3 of 5 by 1
Winning the SoC Revolution: Experiences in Real Design by Grant Martin and Henry Chang, 2003. rate it
VLSI Design
CMOS VLSI Design: A Circuits and Systems Perspective by Neil Weste and David Harris, 2004. rate it
Digital Integrated Circuits by Jan M. Rabaey, Anantha Chandrakasan and Borivoje Nikolic, 2002. 4 of 5 by 4
Digital Systems Engineering, William J. Dally, John W. Poulton, 1998. 4 of 5 by 6
Board-Level Design
The Circuit Designer's Companion by Tim Williams, 2004. 5 of 5 by 6
The Designer's Guide to-High Purity Oscillators
Emad Hegazi, Jacob Rael & Asad Abidi, 2004 Purchase (Amazon)
The Designer's Guide to High Purity OscillatorsThe Designer's Guide to High-Purity Oscillators presents a comprehensive theory and design methodology for the design of LC CMOS oscillators used in every wireless transmission system. The authors introduce the subject of phase noise and osciallators from the very first principles, and carry the reader to a very intuitive circuit-driven theory of phase noise in LC osciallators. The presented theory includes both thermal and flicker noise effects. Based on Hegazi, Rael, and Abidi's mechanistic theory, a sensible design methodology is gradually developed. In addition, new topologies that were recently published by the authors are discussed in detail and an optimal design methodology is presented. While the book focuses on intuition, it rigorously proves every argument to present a compact yet accurate model for predicting phase noise in LC oscillators. By so doing, the design of an LC osciallator can be handled in the same manner as an amplifier design.

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The Designer's Guide to Verilog-AMS
Kenneth S. Kundert & Olaf Zinke, 2004 Purchase (Amazon)
The Designer's Guide to Verilog-AMSThe Designer's Guide to Verilog-AMS is the first book on Verilog-AMS, the new analog and mixed-signal extensions to the Verilog hardware description language. It starts by presenting a rigorous and proven top-down design methodology. Top-down design is enabled by Verilog-AMS and is widely seen as the key to being able to design very large complex mixed-signal circuits. It then introduces Verilog-A and Verilog-AMS without assuming that the reader has a background in behavioral modeling. Finally, it includes a comprehensive reference guide for the language. The Designer's Guide to Verilog-AMS is extensively cross- referenced and indexed, making it an ideal reference for both Verilog-A and Verilog-AMS.

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The Designer's Guide to SPICE and Spectre
Kenneth S. Kundert, 1995 Purchase (Amazon)
The Designer's Guide to SPICE and SpectreThe Designer's Guide to SPICE and Spectre® is an in-depth guide to circuit simulators from a designer's perspective: the pitfalls of circuit simulation, such as convergence and accuracy problems, are explained in terms a circuit designer is comfortable with. The book gives designers insight into why these problems occur and how to avoid them. It also provides practical advice on how to make many difficult measurements with a circuit simulator, such as loop gain of an op-amp or distortion measurements of such clocked circuits as d-to-a converters and sample-and-hold circuits. Finally, suggestions are given about how to handle difficult classes of circuits, such as oscillators, charge-storage or very large circuits. After reading The Designer's Guide to SPICE and Spectre, you will spend less time fighting your simulator and more time exploring, understanding and designing your circuits.

Audience: Written for practicing analog and mixed-signal circuit designers who are already familiar with the basics of operating SPICE. Useful for anyone who uses a circuit simulator, no matter which, since the focus is on the fundamental characteristics and behavior of circuit simulators in general.

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Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits
P. R. Gray, P. J. Hurst, S. H. Lewis, R. G. Meyer, 2001 Purchase (Amazon)
Presents a detailed, comparative treatment of analog integrated circuit analysis and design, combining bipolar, CMOS, and BiCMOS analog integrated-circuit design. This edition expands its coverage of a few important technologies and techniques, including increased emphasis on CMOS circuits; a new chapter on fully differential amplifiers and common-mode feedback; new material on feedback circuit analysis using return ratio in addition to the two-port feedback analysis; and new coverage of two-stage MOS op-amp compensation, single-stage op amps, and nested Miller compensation. Includes a number of open-ended design problems, many of which make extensive use of SPICE. Of likely utility as a text for students and as a reference for practicing engineers.
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Design of Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits
Behzad Razavi, 2000 Purchase (Amazon)
This textbook deals with the analysis and design of analog CMOS integrated circuits, emphasizing recent technological developments and design paradigms that students and practicing engineers need to master to succeed in today's industry. Based on the author's teaching and research experience in the past ten years, the text follows three general principles: (1) Motivate the reader by describing the significance and application of each idea with real-world problems; (2) Force the reader to look at concepts from an intuitive point of view, preparing him/her for more complex problems; (3) Complement the intuition by rigorous analysis, confirming the results obtained by the intuitive, yet rough approach.
Comments by Members of the Designer's Guide Community
This is a great book on Analog CMOS design. The book is well-organized, up-to-date and advanced. I would rate is a 5. It is is more up-to-date compared to that of John's and Martin. The latter is better because it provides more intuition: it is better for designers. The way Razavi's book is organized is better for students in lower levels. Yet Johns and Martin is my favorite! -Emad
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Analog Integrated Circuit Design
David Johns and Kenneth W. Martin, 1996 Purchase (Amazon)
Offers a modern look at analog integrated circuit design. Covering everything from processing steps to models to high level circuit design issues, the authors make it a point to emphasize the "real-life" implications of this material for the circuit designer as a professional. This text presents a concise treatment of the wide array of knowledge required for integrated circuit design. Emphasis on the most important and fundamental principles in creating state-of-the-art analog circuits. Coverage includes contemporary topics such as dynamically matched current mirrors, digital error correction and interpolation, and folding D/D converters.
Comments by Members of the Designer's Guide Community
I would have to rate this book a 5 out of 5. I’m currently using it for an advanced course in analog design, switching from Razavi’s book. It is intuitive and clear. Except for the some of the typos in the device physics section, this book is excellent. -Emad
You can find a good deal of information about designing delta-sigma ADCs (including bandpass delta-sigma ADCs) along with switched-capacitor circuits in this book. -VivekRC
A good book. -Jason_Class
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Design of Analog Integrated Circuits and Systems
Kenenth Laker and Willy Sansen, 1994 Purchase (Amazon)
This text is for a senior or graduate level course called Analog Integrated Circuits or Design of Analog Integrated Circuits. This book combines the consideration of CMOS and bipolar circuits into a unified treatment. Also included are CMOS-bipolar circuits made possible by BiCMOS technology. The text progresses smoothly from MOS and bipolar device modeling to simple one and two transistor building block circuits. The final two chapters present a unified coverage of sample-data and continuous-time signal processing systems.
Comments by Members of the Designer's Guide Community
This book has good explanations of amplifier design and gain-bandwidth trade-offs. -Paul
I would like to recommend this book, which I think is of immense use for analog designers. -Ashish
Analog MOS Integrated Circuits for Signal Processing
Roubik Gregorian and Gabor C. Temes, 1986 Purchase (Amazon)
Describes the operating principles of analog MOS integrated circuits and how to design and use such circuits. The initial section explores general properties of analog MOS integrated circuits and the math and physics background required. The remainder of the book is devoted to the design of circuits. Includes such devices as switched-capacitor filters, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, amplifiers, modulators, oscillators, and others. Tables and numerical design examples clarify the step-by-step processes involved.
Comments by Members of the Designer's Guide Community
An excellent book on switched capacitor design. Contains a nice introduction to sampled-data systems and amplifiers, but especially the three chapters on switched-cap circuit design make this book an excellent reference in the domain. -Paul
CMOS Analog Circuit Design
Philip E. Allen and Douglas R. Holberg, 2002 Purchase (Amazon)
This text presents the principles and techniques for designing analog circuits to be implemented in a CMOS technology. The level is appropriate for seniors and graduate students familiar with basic electronics, including biasing, modeling, circuit analysis, and some familiarity with frequency response. Students learn the methodology of analog integrated circuit design through a hierarchically-oriented approach to the subject that provides thorough background and practical guidance for designing CMOS analog circuits, including modeling, simulation, and testing. The authors' vast industrial experience and knowledge is reflected in the circuits, techniques, and principles presented. They even identify the many common pitfalls that lie in the path of the beginning designer—expert advice from veteran designers. The text mixes the academic and practical viewpoints in a treatment that is neither superficial nor overly detailed, providing the perfect balance.
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Designing Analog Chips
Hans Camenzind, 2005 Purchase (Amazon)
A comprehensive introduction to CMOS and bipolar analog IC design. The book presumes no prior knowledge of linear design, making it comprehensible to engineers with a non-analog back-ground. The emphasis is on practical design, covering the entire field with hundreds of examples to explain the choices. Concepts are presented following the history of their discovery.

Also available free online from www.designinganalogchips.com.

The Art of Analog Layout
Alan Hastings, 2005 Purchase (Amazon)
The first textbook in the field. This text provides students with a broad understanding of the issues involved in successfully laying out analog integrated circuits ranging from the mechanics of layout to essential information about many related areas, such as device physics, processing, failure modes and effects, device operation, parasitics, and matching. It emphasizes practical knowledge.
Comments by Members of the Designer's Guide Community
The second edition of Alan Hastings book is out and it is improved over the first edition. I really liked the first version, it was an excellent book. However, I did not feel disappointed plunking down the money for the second edition. Only other thing that would have been nice is a little more treatment of how to layout to minimize DSM effects: RET/OPC, STI/LOD, and N-Well proximity. -Sheldon
Tradeoffs and Optimization in Analog CMOS Design
David Binkley, 2008 Purchase (Amazon)
This book addresses tradeoffs and optimization of device and circuit performance for selections of the drain current, inversion coefficient, and channel length, where channel width is implicitly considered. The inversion coefficient is used as a technology independent measure of MOS inversion that permits design freely in weak, moderate, and strong inversion.
Comments by Members of the Designer's Guide Community
This book is a comprehensive presentation on how CMOS device performance depends on length and inversion coefficient. There has been a lot of back door interest in gm/Id design approaches, but this book is the first comprehensive text on the subject. -RFICDUDE
The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits
Thomas H. Lee, 2003 Purchase (Amazon)
This expanded and thoroughly revised edition of Thomas H. Lee's acclaimed guide to the design of gigahertz RF integrated circuits features a completely new chapter on the principles of wireless systems. The chapters on low-noise amplifiers, oscillators and phase noise have been significantly expanded as well. The chapter on architectures now contains several examples of complete chip designs that bring together all the various theoretical and practical elements involved in producing a prototype chip.
Comments by Members of the Designer's Guide Community
As an introduction into RF design, I can recommend the book by Thomas Lee. -Frank Wiedmann
I'd recommend Thomas Lee's book "The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits". -Rangel
RF Microelectronics
Behzad Razavi, 1997 Purchase (Amazon)
This book is designed to give electrical engineers the RF microelectronics background they need to design state-of-the-art consumer electronics and communications devices.RF Microelectronics begins with a thorough introduction to the fundamental concepts of RF design, including nonlinearity, interference and noise. It reviews modulation and detection theory; multiple access techniques, and current wireless standards -- including CDMA, TDMA, AMPS and GSM. It presents case studies of transceiver architectures designed by several leading manufacturers. Finally, it offers detailed explanations of low-noise amplifiers, mixers and oscillators; frequency synthesizers and power amplifiers.For electrical engineers working in the communications fields, especially those involved with wireless technology. Also for graduate students.
CMOS Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation
R. Jacob Baker, 2004 Purchase (Amazon)
This new edition of CMOS: Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation covers the practical design of both analog and digital integrated circuits. As with the first edition, it offers a vital contemporary view of a wide range of analog/digital circuit blocks, the BSIM model, data converter architectures, and much more. This time, however, the authors take a two-path approach to the topic. They develop design techniques for both long- and short-channel CMOS technologies and then compare the two, resulting in multi-dimensional explanations that allow readers deep insight into the design process.
Comments by Members of the Designer's Guide Community
I have pretty much all the popular analog IC design books and this one is the most useful! It covers a wide variety of topics and circuits (models, digital, analog, physical design, mixed-signal), and explains many practical issues that are useful to someone getting starting in actually making circuits that work; it is very systematic. Plus there are tons of examples and problems (with solutions) to make everything stick, even SPICE files of everything on the web! The book uses WinSPICE and LASI (for layout) to allow you to try out everything in the book. The only thing this book doesn't have (which it would be impossible to fit plus is covered ad nauseum in the others) is in-depth theory; get this after you've looked at Razavi or Gray & Meyer. In conclusion, this book is excellent and you will kick yourself if you miss it. -Marc Murphy
CMOS Integrated Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analog Converters
Rudy J. van de Plassche, 2003 Purchase (Amazon)
Analog-to-digital (A/D) and digital-to-analog (D/A) converters provide the link between the analog world of transducers and the digital world of signal processing, computing, digital data collection, data storage on magnetic material or optical disks and data processing systems. Practical converters must use standard digital CMOS technology without requiring special processing options or processing steps. Scaling of digital technology into the submicron range results in a reduction of the supply voltage into the 1 V range and below. Designs in this field require special circuit techniques to solve this problem. Examples and practical designs will be discussed in this book. CMOS Integrated Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analog Converters describes in depth converter specifications like Effective Number of Bits (ENOB), Spurious Free Dynamic Range (SFDR), Integral Non-Linearity (INL), Differential Non-Linearity (DNL) and sampling clock jitter requirements. Relations between these specifications and practical issues like matching of components and offset parameters of differential pairs are derived. CMOS Integrated Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analog Converters describes the requirements of input and signal reconstruction filtering in case a converter is applied into a signal processing system. CMOS Integrated Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analog Converters describes design details of high-speed A/D and D/A converters, high-resolution A/D and D/A converters, sample-and-hold amplifiers, voltage and current references, noise-shaping converters and sigma-delta converters, technology parameters and matching performance, comparators and limitations of comparators and finally testing of converters. CMOS Integrated Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analog Converters is the second edition of the most comprehensive book available on this subject. It contains an extensive bibliography and an index to all subjects. CMOS Integrated Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analog Converters describes in an innovative manner the small signal stability of noise-shaping 1-bit and multi-bit coders and sigma-delta converters. CMOS Integrated Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analog Converters is an ideal book for use in advanced courses and is an essential reference for researchers and practicing system and circuit designers in this field.
Integrated Converters : D to A and A to D Architectures, Analysis and Simulation
Paul G. A. Jespers, 2001 Purchase (Amazon)
Analog to digital and digital to analog converters are essential interfaces between computers and the outside world. They interface most signal processing devices and are embedded in an ever larger number of integrated circuits used for example in the telecommunications industry, remote control devices, and medical electronic instruments. This book surveys recent progress and gives an account of the working principles of integrated converters. It describes the architectures and discusses accuracy and speed in depth. The supporting web site provides MATLAB programs (in UNIX, PC, and Mac versions) which allow the reader to experiment with some of the concepts explained in the book. The appendix describes how to use the programs in order to simulate converters at the system level; thirteen examples are given to show what is feasible and how to run programs.
Comments by Members of the Designer's Guide Community
This book gives an excellent overview of most data converter topologies with Matlab codes for performance estimation, including analysis of non-idealities. It does not spend too many pages on data converter basics, but offers in-depth discussion of the important design issues. Grade 4.5/5. -Paul
Understanding Delta-Sigma Data Converters
Richard Schreier and Gabor C. Temes, 2004 Purchase (Amazon)
Schreier, a design engineer, and Temes (electrical and computer engineering, Oregon State University) explain the principles of delta- sigma converter operation, covering both analog to digital and digital to analog modes. The book begins with a general introduction to the delta-sigma converter, then introduces the first-order delta-sigma modulator, covering oversampling, noise-shaping, decimation filtering, and other key concepts. Using the first-order modulator as a foundation, second- and higher-order modulators are analyzed. Several design examples are presented. The book is appropriate for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students.
Delta-Sigma Modulators: Modeling, Design and Applications
George I. Bourdopoulos, Aristodemos Pnevmatikakis, Vassilis Anastassopoulos, and Theodore L. Deliyannis , 2003 Purchase (Amazon)
This important book deals with the modeling and design of higher-order single-stage delta–sigma modulators. It provides an overview of the architectures, the quantizer models, the design techniques and the implementation issues encountered in the study of the delta–sigma modulators. A number of applications are discussed, with emphasis on use in the design of analog-to-digital converters and in frequency synthesis. The book is education- rather than research-oriented, containing numerical examples and unsolved problems. It is aimed at introducing the final-year undergraduate, the graduate student or the electronic engineer to this field.
Delta-Sigma Data Converters: Theory, Design, and Simulation
Steven R. Norsworthy, Gabor C. Temes and Richard Schreier (Editors), 1996 Purchase (Amazon)
Delta-sigma modulators are among the key components in digital audio and multimedia systems. This comprehensive guide offers a detailed treatment of the analysis, design, simulation, and testing of the full range of today's leading delta-sigma data converters. Written by professionals experienced in all practical aspects of delta-sigma modulator design, Delta-Sigma Data Converters provides comprehensive coverage of low- and high-order single-bit and multibit, low-pass and bandpass, sampled-data and continuous- time, multistage modulators as well as advanced topics, including idle-channel tones, stability, decimation and interpolation filter design, and simulation.
Design of Integrated Circuits for Optical Communications
Behzad Razavi, 2003 Purchase (Amazon)
Razavi (electrical engineering, UCLA) describes the components and technologies used in the design of optical communication circuits and systems. Written for graduate students and practicing engineers, the textbook explains the design of transimpedance amplifiers, focusing on low noise broadband topologies and their trade-offs, then extends the concepts to limiting amplifiers and output buffers. Later chapters address the design of voltage-controlled oscillators, phase-locked loops, clock and data recovery (CDR) circuits, multiplexers, and laser drivers.
Operation and Modeling of the MOS Transistor
Yannis Tsividis, 2003 Purchase (Amazon)
The Second Edition of this well respected book is fully updated, making several key improvements in content, organization and pedagogy. The text has also been enhanced by changing notation to standard units of measurement, introducing an "Overview of the MOS Transistor" in the first chapter, and increasing the number of examples. The author has also added a new chapter (10) on CAD models to take advantage of the widespread use of simulation software.
MOSFET Models for SPICE Simulation, Including BSIM3v3 and BSIM4
William Liu, 2001 Purchase (Amazon)
Drawing upon his extensive experience designing with BSIM, William Liu provides a brief history of the model, discusses the various advantages of BSIM over other models, and explores the reasons why BSIM3 has been adopted by the majority of circuit manufacturers. He then provides engineers with the detailed practical information and guidance they need to master all of BSIM's features. He:
* Summarizes key BSIM3 components
* Represents the BSIM3 model with equivalent circuits for various operating conditions
* Provides a comprehensive glossary of modeling terminology
* Lists alphabetically BSIM3 parameters along with their meanings and relevant equations
* Explores BSIM3's flaws and provides improvement suggestions
* Describes all of BSIM4's improvements and new features
* Provides useful SPICE files, which are available online at the Wiley ftp site
Modeling the Bipolar Transistor
Ian Getreu, 1979 Purchase (Amazon)
The book describes the bipolar transistor model as used in SPICE and other Berkeley programs. The first section describes the models. It develops the models by taking the reader from the simple models to the more complex models - the approach emphasizes an understanding of the model and what the model parameters mean. The second section describes measurement techniques and extraction algorithms for determining the parameter values.

Buying through Amazon will get you a used version of the original version published by Tektronix. You can get the updated version (shown to the right) by purchasing from LuLu.

A Top-Down, Constraint-Driven Design Methodology for Analog Integrated Circuits
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Henry Chang, et al, 1997 Purchase (Amazon)
Analog circuit design is often the bottleneck when designing mixed analog--digital systems. A Top-Down, Constraint-Driven Design Methodology for Analog Integrated Circuits presents a new methodology based on a top-down, constraint-driven design paradigm that provides a solution to this problem. This methodology has two principal advantages: (1) it provides a high probability for the first silicon which meets all specifications, and (2) it shortens the design cycle. A Top-Down, Constraint-Driven Design Methodology for Analog Integrated Circuits is part of an ongoing research effort at the University of California at Berkeley in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department. Many faculty and students, past and present, are working on this design methodology and its supporting tools. The principal goals are: (1) developing the design methodology, (2) developing and applying new tools, and (3) `proving' the methodology by undertaking `industrial strength' design examples. The work presented here is neither a beginning nor an end in the development of a complete top-down, constraint-driven design methodology, but rather a step in its development. This work is divided into three parts. Chapter 2 presents the design methodology along with foundation material. Chapters 3--8 describe supporting concepts for the methodology, from behavioral simulation and modeling to circuit module generators. Finally, Chapters 9--11 illustrate the methodology in detail by presenting the entire design cycle through three large-scale examples. These include the design of a current source D/A converter, a S- A/D converter, and a video driver system. Chapter 12 presents conclusions and current research topics. A Top-Down, Constraint-Driven Design Methodology for Analog Integrated Circuits will be of interest to analog and mixed-signal designers as well as CAD tool developers.
Surviving the SOC Revolution - A Guide to Platform-Based Design
Henry Chang, et al, 1999 Purchase (Amazon)
The aim of Surviving the SOC Revolution: A Guide to Platform-Based Design is to provide the engineering community with a thorough understanding of the challenges involved when moving to system-on-a-chip and deliver a step-by-step methodology to get them there. Design reuse is most effective in reducing the cost and development time when the components to be shared are close to the final implementation. On the other hand, it is not always possible or desirable to share designs at this level, since minimal variations in specification can result in different, albeit similar, implementations. However, moving higher in abstraction can eliminate the differences among designs, so that the higher level of abstraction can be shared and only a minimal amount of work needs to be carried out to achieve final implementation. The ultimate goal is to create a library of functions and of hardware and software implementations that can be used for all new designs. It is important to have a multilevel library, since it is often the case that the lower levels that are closer to the physical implementation change because of the advances in technology, while the higher levels tend to be stable across product versions. It is most likely that the preferred approaches to the implementation of complex embedded systems will include the following aspects:
+ Design costs and time are likely to dominate the decision-making process for systems designers. Therefore, design reuse in all its shapes and forms will be of paramount importance.
+ Designs have to be captured at the highest level of abstraction to be able to exploit all the degrees of freedom that are available.
+ Next-generation systems will use a few highly complex (Moore's Law Limited) part-types, but many more energy-power-cost-efficient, medium-complexity (10M-100M) gates in 50nm technology chips, working concurrently to implement solutions to complex sensing, computing, and signaling/actuating problems.
+ Such chips will most likely be developed as an instance of a particular platform. That is, rather than being assembled from a collection of independently developed blocks of silicon functionality, they will be derived from a specific `family' of rnicro-architectures, possibly oriented toward a particular class of problems, that can be modified (extended or reduced) by the system developer.
+ These platforms will be highly programmable.
+ Both system and software reuse impose a design methodology that has to leverage existing implementations available at all levels of abstraction.

This book deals with the basic principles of a design methodology that addresses the concerns expressed above. The platform concept is carried throughout the book as a unifying theme to reuse. This is the first book that deals with the platform-based approach to the design of embedded systems and is a stepping stone for anyone who is interested in the real issues facing the design of complex systems-on-chip.

Winning the SoC Revolution: Experiences in Real Design
Grant Martin and Henry Chang, 2003 Purchase (Amazon)
In 1998-99, at the dawn of the SoC Revolution, we wrote Surviving the SOC Revolution: A Guide to Platform Based Design. In that book, we focused on presenting guidelines and best practices to aid engineers beginning to design complex System-on-Chip devices (SoCs). Now, in 2003, facing the mid-point of that revolution, we believe that it is time to focus on winning. In this book, Winning the SoC Revolution: Experiences in Real Design, we gather the best practical experiences in how to design SoCs from the most advanced design groups, while setting the issues and techniques in the context of SoC design methodologies. As an edited volume, this book has contributions from the leading design houses who are winning in SoCs - Altera, ARM, IBM, Philips, TI, UC Berkeley, and Xilinx. These chapters present the many facets of SoC design - the platform based approach, how to best utilize IP, Verification, FPGA fabrics as an alternative to ASICs, and next generation process technology issues. We also include observations from Ron Wilson of CMP Media on best practices for SoC design team collaboration. We hope that by utilizing this book, you too, will win the SoC Revolution.
CMOS VLSI Design: A Circuits and Systems Perspective
Neil Weste and David Harris, 2004 Purchase (Amazon)
The extensively revised 3rd edition of CMOS VLSI Design details modern techniques for the design of complex and high performance CMOS Systems-on-Chip. The authors draw upon extensive industry and classroom experience to explain modern practices of chip design. The introductory chapter covers transistor operation, CMOS gate design, fabrication, and layout at a level accessible to anyone with an elementary knowledge of digital electornics. Later chapters beuild up an in-depth discussion of the design of complex, high performance, low power CMOS Systems-on-Chip.
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Digital Integrated Circuits
Jan M. Rabaey, Anantha Chandrakasan and Borivoje Nikolic, 2002 Purchase (Amazon)
Since the publication of the first edition of this book in 1996, CMOS manufacturing technology has continued its breathtaking pace, scaling to ever-smaller dimensions. Minimum feature sizes are now reaching the 100-um realm. Circuits are becoming more complex, challenging the productivity of the designer, while the plunge into the deep-submicron space causes devices to behave differently and brings to the forefront a number of new issues that impact the reliability, cost, performance, power dissipation, and reliability of the digital IC. This updated text reflects the ongoing (r)evolution in the world of digital integrated circuit design, caused by this move into the deep-submicron realm. This means increased importance of deep-submicron transistor effects, interconnect, signal integrity, high-performance and low-power design, timing, and clock distribution. In contrast to the first edition, the present text focuses entirely on CMOS ICs.

Even more than for the first edition, this book uses its companion website to evolve and grow over time. It contains complete Microsoft PowerPoint presentations covering all the material, updates. corrections, design projects, and extensive instructor material. Most importantly, all problem sets are now available on the website (and have been removed from the text).

Digital Systems Engineering
William J. Dally, John W. Poulton, 1998 Purchase (Amazon)
What makes some computers slow? What makes some digital systems operate reliably for years while others fail mysteriously every few hours? Why do some systems dissipate kilowatts while others operate off batteries? These questions of speed, reliability, and power are all determined by the system-level electrical design of a digital system. Digital Systems Engineering presents a comprehensive treatment of these topics. It combines a rigorous development of the fundamental principles in each area with down-to-earth examples of circuits and methods that work in practice. The book not only can serve as an undergraduate textbook, filling the gap between circuit design and logic design, but also can help practicing digital designers keep up with the speed and power of modern integrated circuits. The techniques described in this book, which were once used only in supercomputers, are now essential to the correct and efficient operation of any type of digital system.
Comments by Members of the Designer's Guide Community
This book is really about FAR more than Digital - it provides valuable information on modelling, systems, timing and a whole lot more. -keble
The Circuit Designer's Companion
Tim Williams, 2004 Purchase (Amazon)
Tim Williams' Circuit Designer's Companion provides a unique masterclass in practical electronic design that draws on his considerable experience as a consultant and design engineer. As well as introducing key areas of design with insider's knowledge, Tim focuses on the art of designing circuits so that every production model will perform its specified function and no other unwanted function - reliably over its lifetime.

The combination of design alchemy and awareness of commercial and manufacturing factors makes this an essential companion for the professional electronics designer. Topics covered include analog and digital circuits, component types, power supplies and printed circuit board design.

The second edition includes new material on microcontrollers, surface mount processes, power semiconductors and interfaces, bringing this classic work up to date for a new generation of designers.

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