Once we have decided to use an ASIC design style—using predefined and precharacterized cells from a library—we need to design or buy a cell library. Even though it is not necessary a knowledge of ASIC library design makes it easier to use library cells effectively.

3.1 Transistors as Resistors

3.2 Transistor Parasitic Capacitance

3.3 Logical Effort

3.4 Library-Cell Design

3.5 Library Architecture

3.6 Gate-Array Design

3.7 Standard-Cell Design

3.8 Datapath-Cell Design

3.9 Summary

3.10 Problems

3.11 Bibliography

3.12 References

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