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Artical related VLSI
Shashikiran | 04 Jan 2007

Opportunities in VLSI

The semiconductor industry is set to add around 3.5 million heads by 2015 to its existing count of 20,000. Jhinuk Chowdhury learns more about the opportunities that this industry offers

Just being an electronic engineer doesn’t qualify you to get a job in the semiconductor industry. You need to have a hunger to learn. A burning desire to know how things work and a background of dismantling electronic toys to understand how they function, would also go a long way. If the above mentioned is an extension of your profile, then the semiconductor industry is looking for you. Companies like Freescale, Texas Instruments, KPIT Cummins, Cadence, STMicroelectronics and many more are recruiting electronic engineers with excellent analytical aptitude and quick learning abilities at salary packages higher than those offered by the IT industry. One small deterrent here is that academia provides for only 20 per cent of the required manpower. To give you an industry example, while KPIT Cummins needs 150-200 people every year, it only manages to find 80 relevant candidates. So, while the talent crunch is evident, the industry looks more promising than ever. Let’s find out why one should opt for this industry and who gets in.

NEW FUNCTIONS

Job creation in this sector would be in the areas of Integrated Circuit (IC) Design, VLSI, EDA (electronic design automation), manufacturing operations related to testing, packaging, logistics etc.
The industry is hiring Electronics/Electrical engineering professionals with knowledge of digital design, simulation, synthesis tools, computer architecture, and mixed signal design, and strong mathematical aptitude. Also, a fair knowledge of different sectors, like consumer electronics, mobile devices, home security systems, auto components etc.
 
Certificate Program in VLSI Design Engineering @ ( www.tiit.in )
TIIT in collaboration with the University Of California at Santa Cruz Extension in the Silicon Valley and Cadence Design Systems offers a certificate in program in VLSI design engineering. Students who complete the required courses with minimum grade point average (GPA) will be awarded a certificate in VLSI design engineering (Physical Design or Logic Design) from the University Of California Santa Cruz extension in Silicon Valley.
 
Program OverviewToday, VLSI designers are expected perform many tasks pertaining to architecture, design, verification, and simulation in IC design. But today’s design engineers are not always equipped to perform these tasks effectively due to lack of training in the above-mentioned areas. Even engineers with advanced degrees in computer science and electrical/electronics engineering lack the appropriate practical knowledge in the VLSI design area.
 
TIIT’s VLSI certificate program addresses the need to train industry engineers. The VLSI certificate program helps both industry veterans who are willing to work in the design space, and also fresh graduates who are entering the field of VLSI design. The program trains engineers in all aspects of IC design, with emphasis on using Cadence’s EDA tools and methodologies. The program has two main focus areas, physical design and logic design. Based on interest and background, a student can choose either one of the specializations and pick the course sequence recommended by TIIT.
 
Certificate Requirements
In order for to receive a Certificate in VLSI Design Engineering, the students must complete 4 core courses, and 2 elective courses. The students are also required to achieve an overall 3.0 GPA for all the core and elective courses.
 
Prerequisites
BE/BTech/ME/MTech/MSc in either computer science or Electrical/Electronics, experience in a programming language (C, C++) is desirable.