- Hardcover: 396 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Pub (Sd); First Edition edition (December 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201043580
- ISBN-13: 978-0201043587
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This was a huge breakthrough. Prior to this book, if you wanted to actually make a chip, using a reasonably current fab, then you could not, as a university student. You had to work for a semiconductor company that had a fab. A large gap in your education. It also meant that a lot of chip knowledge was not transferable if you changed companies.
In software terms, this book is a refactoring. Though this term itself did not come into use for software till the 90s. The book can still be profitably read. Its layout ideas have not become obsolete. In fact, if you were to compare this book with more current undergrad VLSI texts, there is little conceptually new introduced in the latter.
That said, this is also a fantastic book and if you want to sink your teeth into computer engineering I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Used this book in Stanford U Summer Institute VLSI course taught by UW Computer Science Professor Dr. Ted Kehl. ".. Mead presented his vision of the "tall, thin man," one who becomes accomplished in all aspects of chip design, from algorithm creation to layout, from concept to chip. Within weeks, faculty, students and engineers alike were showing off their then-state-of-the-art 6m nMOS ..."
Math intensive. Carver Mead is the Man.