Engineers used to prototype systems to check their designs, often using a breadboard with connector holes, allowing them to plug in ICs and wires. Breadboarding was feasible when it was possible to construct systems from a few off-the-shelf TTL parts. It is impractical for prototyping an ASIC. Instead most ASIC design engineers turn to simulation as the modern equivalent of breadboarding.

13.1 Types of Simulation

13.2 The Comparator/MUX Example

13.3 Logic Systems

13.4 How Logic Simulation Works

13.5 Cell Models

13.6 Delay Models

13.7 Static Timing Analysis

13.8 Formal Verification

13.9 Switch-Level Simulation

13.10 Transistor-Level Simulation

13.11 Summary

13.12 Problems

13.13 Bibliography

13.14 References

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