Guide Your Students to Career Opportunities in VLSI

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Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) is rapidly evolving sector in electronics offering exciting opportunities for engineers. It has several job opportunities for both graduates and postgraduates but students are not aware of the available scopes for them. You can guide them in the field by polishing the knowledge you have with the latest trend in the industry.

There are over 150 companies catering to this industry, including big names like Texas Instruments, Infineon, Freescale Semiconductor, Cadence, HCL, Intel, Lucent, Motorola, Philips Semiconductor, Qualcomm, Sasken, Conexant, Wipro and TCS.

Although companies mostly prefer MTech candidates, there are several opportunities for graduates too. The graduates with strong fundamentals in electronic circuit design and hardware description languages, interest in VLSI and most importantly the skill to put VLSI concepts into practice, have several opportunities for verification based jobs. At the entry level, as a fresh graduate, it is comparatively easier to get into FPGA based embedded system companies than ASIC-VHDL/Verilog HDL based companies.

There are opportunities in several stages of the VLSI chip design process for fresh engineering graduates. Registered transfer level (RTL) design and verification with growing opportunities in logic synthesis and timing analysis, design for testability, physical design and verification, analogue and mixed signal CMOS IC design, CAD tools development and hardware verification and validation are some of the areas that the freshers can explore for job roles.

Subhajit Sen, associate professor at IIT, Banglore feels that career in the design side of VLSI industry is currently somewhat limited as compared to other areas. This, due to the requirement of deeper level of knowledge and skills other than electronics related field, expensive specialised electronic design automation (EDA) tools which are inadequate and lack of Commercial VLSI semiconductors manufacturing facility in the country. However, with India expanding its electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) capabilities, the number of opportunities is expected to grow.

Further, Indian government is also taking various steps to boost indigenous production of electronics in India and address rapid growth in the local demand for electronics.