ASICs... the website

This website is about ASICs or Application-Specific Integrated Circuits, which are a type of silicon integrated circuit.

Michael John Sebastian Smith


Introduction to ASICs... the website

ASICs... the website is a project in computer-assisted education for integrated-circuit design.


ASICs... the book was supported in part by a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation as well as by Compass Design Automation (now part of Avant!). See the preface to ASICs... the book. for a complete list of acknowledgements.

ASICs...the website is supported by Sun Microsystems, DACafe, Xilinx, and Avant! with additional donations of hardware and software from Cadence, Xilinx, and Altera.

We have partnered with DACafe to explore new uses of ASICs... the website. As a first step, we have moved ASICs... the book (HTML) to DACafe, forming ASICs... the book at DACafe.

Application-Specific Integrated Circuits
(ASICs... the book)

Michael John Sebastian Smith
Addison-Wesley Publishing Company
VLSI Design Series
1040 pages
ISBN 0-201-50022-1
June 1997

  The cover of ASICs... the book showing a Viterbi-decoder ASIC used as a design example (84k)

Requests for permission to use material from ASICs... the book should be directed to Helen Goldstein atAddison Wesley Longman, 1 Jacob Way, Reading, MA 01867, (+1) 617-944-3700. So far AWL has willingly granted all requests. It is a painless process involving an exchange of email.

ASICs... the courses (HTML and PDF)

ASICs... the book (HTML)

These are local copies (to this website) for development of ASICs... the book at DACafe.

ASICs... the book at DACafe

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ASICs... the book in Adobe Acrobat format

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