1. Why a course in VLSI ? Isn’t MTech VLSI good enough ?

Currently there is a glaring skill gap between what is imparted in MTech VLSI program and what industry needs. Earlier this skill gap used to be filled by the industry during internship or initial job period. Now, due to changing business conditions the industry is unable to support skill development. Therefore preference is being given to experienced engineers or freshers with adequate skills.

2. For whom is this course best suited ?

This course is best suited for MTech VLSI students – 2 years of VLSI oriented coursework and labs provides good exposure to VLSI, so that the remaining skill gap can be filled by us

3. Should BTech’s opt for this course ?

VLSI being a core competency type of job needs more skills and maturity. Those levels are typically not achieved during BTech. BTech has a wide variety of courses and in our experience does not give sufficient focus, depth or prominence to VLSI. Consequently, more training time is required, probably a 1 year course would be sufficient. But if a Btech student has sufficient background skills for VLSI then we are ready to impart the requisite skills through our courses.

4. What are the Skills for entering VLSI Industry ?

  • CMOS, Digital, Aptitude, C
  • Synthesis, Verilog, Static Timing Analysis, Physical Design
  • Linux, Scripting languages - PERL, Tcl
  • Good communication skills
  • VLSI General Knowledge and Awareness

5. How important are Communication Skills for VLSI?

Communication skills and presentation skills are very important for VLSI engineers at all levels. VLSI is very interactive and methodical process. Design ideas and status updates have to be given in high quality presentation for effectiveness. VLSI community itself constitutes people spread all over the world. Because of all these factors, communication skills are extremely important

6. What are the advantages of learning at SemiconLabs ?

  • The principal faculty Mr Kameshwar Rao has 25+ years experience in the industry with expertise in not only synthesis and physical design but also in design, scripting etc
  • Apart from the vast experience of its faculty in all aspects of VLSI we have some innovative techniques of teaching
  • Verilog, Constraints, Synthesis and STA are taught in-depth with lot of practice
  • Learning VLSI by scripting – use scripting to extract info from various formats like DEF, .lib, create flows
  • Group discussions, seminars – improves communication skills
  • Our collaboration with Adeptchips allows students to get insights on practical design issues through internships and guest lectures