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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2008
Power distribution networks are critical to the correct functionality of high performance digital systems. The design of such networks gets harder with the increasing speed of the digital designs they support, in particular, microprocessors. A microprocessor IC consumes an incredible amount of power despite its small physical size and a great amount of work goes into supplying high quality power to that tiny chip. Computers are implemented on boards that combine such power hungry ICs and must feed them simultaneously. This book focuses on the board level power distribution network (as opposed to package and IC).

A successful engineering implementation combines design, analysis, simulation and measurement and this book does a great job in presenting those different aspects of implementation thoroughly and coherently. The reader sees how the different disciplines complement each other in a successful project. The emphasis, however, is on simulation and measurement. I consider that a strength since the other aspects have been treated well in previous publications but this is certainly the most thorough treatment of power distribution network measurement. There is a lot of attention to detail, and one only has to go to the lab to make some measurements to see how some of those details will save you days if not weeks of frustration.

Simulation is used judiciously and for insight as opposed to "blind" verification. The judicious use of simulation may be strongly motivated by the inherent capacity limitations of today's fullwave field solvers, but it also ends up providing valuable intuition to the reader on why as well as the how. The authors have taken great pains to validate their simulation results at every step.

In a field [digital design] dominated by time domain thinking, this book provides a refreshing frequency domain approach. Although it is a difficult leap for most digital designers, it is one worth taking since the additional insights [into the signal integrity implications of frequency domain analysis] could well make the difference between a functional design and one that spends months on the testbench for debugging.

This is a book written not by pure theorists but practitioners of the field and it shows. The authors do not waste much time on hypothetical examples and plunge directly into problems they surely have dealt with themselves as they worked on high performance designs. Although the sections on modeling are rigorous, they are succinct and probably not for people not well trained in the field. But for the expert, this is an invaluable book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2007
This book is must-read, the authors cover a range of very important
topics in a thorough yet practical way. It is an enjoyable read that
takes you through the various aspects within power-distribution systems,
from the basics to very advanced topics. In addition, by reading this
book you are bound to find answers to many PI controversial topics as
well. The chapter about planes is a master-piece. The one about
frequency-domain measurements is comprehensive, filled with a slew of
impressive data and measurement advice. The chapter about
3D-field solver simulations is full of suggestions for engineers trying
to accurately model power-distribution elements, in order to help them
avoid many common (and not so) pitfalls. In summary, this book is a
must-have for any engineer who fully wants to understand how to model,
simulate and measure power-distribution systems. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2014
This book provided exactly what I needed. The information is very relevant, and the analysis is thorough. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to my colleagues.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2007
I just bought the book, but I was looking for something like this since a long time ago. Until now, there were only articles about a little part of the subject, or just introductions. So, a complete book was really needed about this topic. All the other parts of high-speed digital design was well documented in books already, except this, until now. I think everyone who designs or/and simulates high-speed digital PCBs should read it. High-speed design is not only about interconnect design. Lots of designers just dont care too much about proper power distribution design. They should.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2009
This is a really excellent book on power distribution network (PDN) design. If you are new to this field is a great book to start.

The chapter on PDN measurement techniques by itself is great and not found on other books.
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