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    Free SemiWiki eBooks

    With great pleasure we offer free PDF copies of our books for the greater good of the fabless semiconductor ecosystem, absolutely! The attached links for the eBooks go to our partner sites for PDF download. The three full length books at the end (Mobile Unleashed, Fabless, and EDA Grafitti,) can be downloaded from SemiWiki directly. All of the books are also listed for sale on if you prefer paper copies., the open forum for semiconductor professionals, is a leading online community of people involved with electronic devices and the semiconductor design and manufacturing ecosystem. Since going online January 1st, 2011 more than 2,500,000 users have been recorded at!

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    Free SemiWiki eBooks-formalverifbookcover_400x600.jpgFinding Your Way Through Formal Verification
    Formal Verification Book

    Finding Your Way Through Formal Verification provides an introduction to formal verification methods. This book was written as a way to dip a toe in formal waters. You may be curious about formal verification, but you're not yet sure it is right for your needs. Or you may need to plan and supervise formal verification activity as a part of a larger verification objective.

    You don’t plan to run formal tools yourself but you know that effective management will require some understanding. In verification planning, you certainly need to know where formal can play a role and where it may not be suitable, what effort and expertise should be planned for in using these techniques (like most verification techniques, these generally aren’t push-button) and how you can assess effectiveness and coverage in what formal teams report back to you.

    The authors of Finding Your Way Through Formal Verification are experts in using formal verification. This book serves as a foundation for how methods work, when and where to apply them and how formal verification is managed in the overall verification objective.

    You can download a FREE, full eBook edition pdf in English and also purchase printed copies of the English edition through

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    Free SemiWiki eBooks-emulation-book-cover.jpgSoC Emulation - Bursting into its Prime

    When you turn the key in a modern car, you set in motion a chain of electronic events more complex, in some cases, than you’ll find in a Boeing 787 or an F22 jet-fighter. The magic that makes this possible is captured in the many System-on-Chip (SoC) devices and software you’ll find buried around the car. Leveraging many of the concepts at the heart of your smartphone, each of these SoC devices is itself very complex and must be validated extensively before manufacturing, to prove that it will always operate correctly and safely. Traditional methods used in validation, primarily simulation, are still widely used but are simply too slow to allow for the exhaustive levels of testing required to have high confidence in validation.

    This need has driven the semiconductor support industry to create special-purpose emulation engines to massively accelerate the SoC verification task. This book, targeted to general readers in the semiconductor and systems industry, describes the origins of SoC emulation and different approaches to addressing the need. It also describes some of the newer applications for emulation in SoC design. To illustrate current usage the second part of the book discusses how SoC emulation can be applied to verifying a controller for the solid-state drive (SSD) data storage now found in many modern devices.

    You can download a FREE, full eBook edition pdf in English and also purchase printed copies of the English edition through

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    Free SemiWiki eBooks-custom_socs_for_iot_cover_for_kindle.jpgCustom SoCs for IoT: Simplified
    A Book Focusing on the Emergence of Custom Silicon for IoT Devices

    This book focuses on the emergence of custom silicon for IoT devices and addresses the disruptive nature of the IoT and how systems companies are utilizing the ASIC business model to enable new IoT use cases. It goes into detail about what it takes to go from specification to chip, using Open-Silicon’s Spec2Chip turnkey solution as a role model.

    Custom SoCs for IoT: Simplified is the first comprehensive book to explicitly define and detail the various IoT architectures. It covers the multitude of security factors, the power budgets associated with different IoT applications, and many more technical considerations that dictate the success of a custom IoT SoC platform, including but not limited to implementation methodologies, as well as hardware and software trade-offs.

    The Spec2Chip offerings outlined in this book extend far beyond IoT cloud, IoT edge and IoT gateway devices. OEMs in other emerging technologies, such as deep learning, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, gaming and autonomous driving cars are benefitting from this Spec2Chip platform approach. Customers in these markets are collaborating with turnkey ASIC solution providers so they can scale back on, or even eliminate, the risks and loopholes of a lengthy chip design flow, and focus specifically on the core hardware differentiation IP and end application software that they bring to their innovation.

    This book includes a detailed case study of Open-Silicon’s successful Spec2Chip approach to custom design for an IoT gateway SoC, and the considerations involved in architectural trade-offs, system partitioning, hardware/software trade-offs, IC and board design, interfacing to manufacturing, assembly and test, and hardware bring-up of ICs, boards and the final system.

    You can download a FREE, full eBook edition pdf in English and also purchase printed copies of the English edition through

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    Free SemiWiki eBooks-prototypical-cover-front.jpgPROTOTYPICAL - The Emergence of FPGA Prototyping for SoC Design

    In this book, we uncover the history of FPGA-based prototyping and three leading system providers – S2C, Cadence, and Synopsys. First, we look at how the need for co-verification evolved with chip complexity, where FPGAs got their start in verification, and why ASIC design benefits from prototyping technology. The book also includes a Field Guide to help effectively navigate the FPGA prototyping flow using best practices and technologies. You can download a FREE, full eBook edition pdf in English and also purchase printed copies of the English edition through

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    Free SemiWiki eBooks-mobile-unleashed-front-cover.jpgMobile Unleashed: The Origin and Evolution of ARM Processors in our Devices

    This is the origin story of technology super heroes: the creators and founders of ARM, the company that is responsible for the processors found inside 95% of the world’s mobile devices today. This is also the evolution story of how three companies – Apple, Samsung, and Qualcomm – put ARM technology in the hands of billions of people through smartphones, tablets, music players, and more.

    It was anything but a straight line from idea to success for ARM. The story starts with the triumph of BBC Micro engineers Steve Furber and Sophie Wilson, who make the audacious decision to design their own microprocessor – and it works the first time. The question becomes, how to sell it? Part I follows ARM as its founders launch their own company, select a new leader, a new strategy, and find themselves partnered with Apple, TI, Nokia, and other companies just as digital technology starts to unleash mobile devices. ARM grows rapidly, even as other semiconductor firms struggle in the dot com meltdown, and establishes itself as a standard for embedded RISC processors.

    Apple aficionados will find the opening of Part II of interest the moment Steve Jobs returns and changes the direction toward fulfilling consumer dreams. Samsung devotees will see how that firm evolved from its earliest days in consumer electronics and semiconductors through a philosophical shift to innovation. Qualcomm followers will learn much of their history as it plays out from satellite communications to development of a mobile phone standard and emergence as a leading fabless semiconductor company.

    If ARM could be summarized in one word, it would be “collaboration.” Throughout this story, from Foreword to Epilogue, efforts to develop an ecosystem are highlighted. Familiar names such as Google, Intel, Mediatek, Microsoft, Motorola, TSMC, and others are interwoven throughout. The evolution of ARM’s first 25 years as a company wraps up with a shift to its next strategy: the Internet of Things, the ultimate connector for people and devices.

    You can download a FREE, full eBook edition pdf in English and also purchase printed copies of the English edition through

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    Free SemiWiki eBooks-book-cover-final.jpgFabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry

    The purpose of this book is to illustrate the magnificence of the fabless semiconductor ecosystem, and to give credit where credit is due. We trace the history of the semiconductor industry from both a technical and business perspective. We argue that the development of the fabless business model was a key enabler of the growth in semiconductors since the mid-1980s. Because business models, as much as the technology, are what keep us thrilled with new gadgets year after year, we focus on the evolution of the electronics business. We also invited key players in the industry to contribute chapters. These “In Their Own Words” chapters allow the heavyweights of the industry to tell their corporate history for themselves, focusing on the industry developments (both in technology and business models) that made them successful, and how they in turn drive the further evolution of the semiconductor industry.

    The economics of designing a chip and getting it manufactured is similar to how the pharmaceutical industry gets a new drug to market. Getting to the stage that a drug can be shipped to your local pharmacy is enormously expensive. But once it’s done, you have something that can be manufactured for a few cents and sold for, perhaps, ten dollars. ICs are like that, although for different reasons. Getting an IC designed and manufactured is incredibly expensive, but then you have something that can be manufactured for a few dollars, and put into products that can be sold for hundreds of dollars. One way to look at it is that the first IC costs many millions of dollars—you only make a lot of money
    if you sell a lot of them.

    What we hope you learn from this book is that even though IC-based electronics are cheap and ubiquitous, they are not cheap or easy to make. It takes teams of hundreds of design engineers to design an IC, and a complex ecosystem of software, components, and services to make it happen. The fabs that physically manufacture the ICs cost more to build than a nuclear power plant. Yet year after year, for 40 years, the cost per transistor has decreased in a steady and predictable curve. There are many reasons for this cost reduction, and we argue that the fabless semiconductor business model is among the most important of those reasons over the past three decades. The next chapter is an introduction to the history of the semiconductor industry, including the invention of the basic building block of all modern digital devices, the transistor, the invention of the integrated circuit, and the businesses that developed around them.

    You can download a FREE, full eBook edition pdf in English and also purchase printed copies of the English edition through

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    Free SemiWiki eBooks-edagraffiti.jpgEDA Graffiti by Paul McLellan

    EDAgraffiti is 25 years of experience in the EDA and semiconductor industries wrapped up into a single book. From semiconductor to venture capital, via sales, marketing, engineering and management. You can download a FREE, full eBook edition pdf in English and also purchase printed copies of the English edition through

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    Now available in print or Kindle: "Mobile Unleashed: The Origin and Evolution of ARM Processors In Our Devices"

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    I've been through Fabless and Mobile Unleashed. Both very good, and very interesting.

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