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  • The program aims to build a solid foundation of the fundamentals; the students are also exposed to emerging trends in the industry and are molded to be quality professionals of the future. The Department is also committed towards training of students in research and in the development of cutting edge technologies. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University is the only academic institution in India to have fabricated chips in IBM 32nm SOI process. This is on par with even some of the leading universities in the US.
  • Through placement office and also via other means, the program arranges one year internships in reputed companies like Intel, Broadcom, Synopsys, AMD, AMS, Analog Devices, Sankalp, Soctronics, Black Pepper etc. During internships, the stipend for interns is in the range of 28k to 40k. A significant percentage of the internships are converted into full time jobs with an average salary of 7 lacs pa.
  • The department has dedicated VLSI labs facilitated with the following:
    • Basys 3 Artix-7FPGA Trainer Board
    • Zybo Z&:Zynq-7000ARM/FPGA Soc Development Board
    • Cadence
    • Siemens Mentor Graphics HEP2
    • Xilinx Vivado System
Eligibility

Admissions

Eligibility

B.Tech. or B.E.  (Applied Electronics and Instrumentation), B.Tech.  or B.E.  (Computer Engineering), B.Tech.  or B.E. (Computer Science and Engineering), B.Tech.  or B.E. (Electrical and Electronics Engineering), B.Tech.  or B.E. (Electronics and Communication Engineering), B.Tech.  or B.E. (Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering), B.Tech. (Electronics and Media Technology), B.Tech. (Electronics and Nanotechnology), B.Tech. (Electronics and Telecom Engineering), B.Tech. or B.E.  (Electronics Engineering), B.Tech. (Engineering Physics), B.Tech. or B.E.  (Mechatronics Engineering), B.Tech. (Optics and Optoelectronics), M.Sc. in Electronics, M.Sc. in Electronics & Communication, M.Sc. in Electronics and Instrumentation, M.Sc. in Electronics and Telecommunications.

Duration

Two years

Curriculum

Semester I
Course code Type Course L T P Cr
21VL601 FC Embedded Computing and Programming 3 0 0 3
21VL602 FC Machine Learning and Algorithm Design 2 0 0 3
21VL611 SC CMOS Digital Integrated Circuits 3 0 0 3
21VL612 SC Digital Circuits and Systems 3 0 0 3
21VL613 SC Analog VLSI Circuits 3 0 0 3
21VL681 SC Machine Learning and Embedded Programming Lab 0 0 4 2
21VL682 SC Front End Simulation and FPGA Synthesis Lab 0 0 4 2
21HU601 HU Amrita Value Program P/F
21HU602 HU Amrita Value Program P/F
Credits 19

* Non-credit course

Semester II
Course code Type Course L T P Cr
21VL614 SC Functional Verification with Hardware Description Languages 3 0 0 3
21VL615 SC Digital VLSI Testing & Testability 3 0 0 3
E Elective I 3 0 0 3
E Elective II 1 0 0 1
E Elective III 1 0 0 1
21VL683 SC ASIC Design and FPGA Lab 1 0 0 1
21VL684 SC Functional Verification Lab 3 0 0 3
21RM613 SC Research Methodology 3 0 0 3
21HU603 HU Career Competency – II 0 0 2 1
Credits 22
Semester III
Course code Type Course L T P Cr
E Open Elective * 3 0 0 3
21LIV604* SC Open Lab/Live-in Lab 0 0 4 2
21VL798 P Dissertation- Phase I 0 0 20 10
Credits 15
Semester IV
Course code Type Course L T P Cr
21VL799 p Dissertation – Phase II 0 0 28 14
Total 14

Total Credits: 70

Program Overview

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)
  • PEO1: Attain mastery in applying VLSI concepts to Engineering problems so as to meet the need of the industry, teaching, higher education or research.
  • PEO2: Creation of expertise in the microelectronics domain to deal with design, development, analysis, testing and evaluation of the critical aspects of integrated circuits and its core concepts.
  • PEO3: To exhibit professional competence and leadership qualities with harmonious blend of ethics leading to an integrated personality development.
Academics

Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) Circuit Design is the process of designing a large computer chip (more specifically, an integrated circuit, or IC), using computer-aided design (CAD) tools on a workstation or a personal computer (PC). The course demands learning the principles of VLSI design, designing and fabricating state of-the-art VLSI chips, understanding the complete design flow and expertise to design CMOS chips for industrial requirements. The curriculum focuses on employing hierarchical design methods and understanding the design issues at the various levels of hierarchy. Students are exposed to various design softwares in this programme. Also, they learn to design, simulate, implement and test complex digital systems using FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays). The main objectives of this course are to analyze the electrical and design characteristics of transistors and gates and to study the issues and methodologies involved in the integration of these devices into complex high-performance systems.

With the recent and rapid upsurge in the areas like hardware software co-design, architectures for machine intelligence, network on chip etc. the programme is designed to cater to the needs in producing engineers trained in both hardware and software areas, bridging the gap between academia and industry. Students will be trained in several topics that cut across different domains, starting from the lowermost level of physical devices to the top level of application development.

The Programme Outcomes (POs)
  • PO1: An ability to independently carry out research/investigation and development work to solve practical problems
  • PO2: An ability to write and present a substantial technical report/document
  • PO3: Students should be able to demonstrate a degree of mastery over the area as per the specialization of the program. The mastery should be at a level higher than the requirements in the appropriate bachelor program.
  • PO4: An ability to work in a team to take up the challenges in the fields of Analog VLSI design, VLSI architecture, VLSI Testing, and CMOS IC design, giving due consideration to societal, environmental, economic and financial factors.
  • PO5: An ability to maintain lifelong learning and research by way of participating in various professional activities with a higher level of commitment.
How to Pursue Research Path After Completing this Programme

There are many options for research since VLSI design is a vast and diverse filed with front end and back end design, analog and digital domains etc. A researcher can pick and choose a specific research topic and do research in that topic. Since VLSI devices are all pervasive and ubiquitous the developments are very rapid in terms of technologies and design and there is unlimited scope for advanced research in several areas. Understanding the design flow, tools and technologies will help in choosing the right research topic. Doing a thorough literature survey on that topic will help in identifying the research gap to be filled in to solve a research problem.

Advantages in Terms of Placements

With a large number of VLSI design houses in India and especially in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi etc. both as part of big global corporates (Intel, Broadcom, Qualcomm, NXP, TI, ARM, AMD, Maxim, Synopsys, Cadence, mentor Graphics, Xilinx etc.) and Indian design teams (Wipro, Waferspace, Vayuvyalabs, Mistral,Mindtree, Tessolveand many others), there is a wide scope for VLSI engineers getting placed through internships and also directly after post-graduation

Possible International Collaborations (International Universities to Pursue Dual Degree/Higher Education)

Since VLSI design is a very dynamic domain with advances happening continuously and it is the research which drives the advancements, universities are at the forefront of VLSI research. Many of the students do research leading to PhD in international universities with which collaborations are established by Amrita centre for International programmes (ACIP).

Research

Thrust Areas in Research

  • VLSI front end
  • Timing analysis
  • Testing and Verification
  • Architecture using High level Synthesis
  • Solid State Device Modelling

Related Thrust Area Groups

  • Computing Hardware Systems and Architecture
  • VLSI Design and Security Research Group
  • VLSI Testing and Optimization.

Oppotunities for M.Tech VLSI Students

  • Placement opportunities.
  • Scholarship for high performance students.
  • Internship in core companies.
  • Academic PhD opportunities in all domains of VLSI.
  • Focus on Academics and Research.

Ph.D. Program and Area of Focus:

  • VLSI front end
  • Timing analysis
  • Testing and Verification
  • Architecture using High level Synthesis
  • Solid State Device Modelling

Research Conducted at the Department

  • The project work spread over three semesters allows students to train and develop their research ability., improve the presentation skills through seminars, and report preparation
  • Enables the student to organize, coordinate and focus and improve their creativity in developing research problems and their analysis and approaching the solutions.
  • Enables the students to Improve the general awareness on publication, awareness on indexing of publications, quality evaluation, Able to prepare; documents, journal papers, selection of journal, conferences and presentation through seminars
Top Publications

Apart from papers in scopus journals and conferences our top publications include IEEE Transactions in VLSI Society, Elsevier and springer

Students who joined research organizations after M.Tech

The following students joined Amrita for PhD

  • Anjana N [2010-2012]
  • Swathy S Panicker [2017-2019]
  • Greeshma. M G[2018-2020]
  • Govindan Nishi Nampoothiri [2009-2011]
  • Sreekanth M M [2015-2017]
  • Devika K N [2015-2017]
  • Sreehari K N [2008-2010]
  • Remya Ajai A S[2008-2010]
  • Mr Diego James [2009-2011]
  • Chinmayi R[2008-2010]
  • Nevin Alex[2009-2011]
  • Vineeth Sarma [2010-2012]
Topics for Conducting Webinars
  • Scaling Effects in Analog and Mixed VLSI Circuits
  • Introduction to Digital VLSI Design
  • Semiconductor Devices and Fabrication

 

MTech Program Fee 2022 (Per Semester)
Facilities

Students can learn in an environment where they are comfortable and looked after. Here are the facilities that our campus provides..

Facilities

The course demands learning the principles of VLSI design

Why Amrita

The top reasons to choose Amrita for your career

601-800th

World University Rankings 2019

141

BRICS Rankings 2020

801–1000th

World University Rankings 2019

168th

BRICS University Rankings 2020

5th

India University Rankings 2022

16th

Overall Rankings 2022
ranking
5th Best
University in India
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Amrita Ranked No.1 in India Top 100 in The World
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Topmost
‘A++’ Grade

Testimonials

B. Sunandha

I have been doing my M.tech in Amrita, it has been almost completed. Am very glad to share my experience about the college. This place is very good for studying, we get the best education. The staff are highly professionals and are always available to respond to the student’s questions, we have a friendly environment. The infrastructure and the lab facilities are very good. The best thing I liked was we meet people from different cultures. We get free access to IEEE, which is an added advantage for the student. We get Wi-Fi connection at any place in the college. ICTS is the best thing which provide any laptop related problems get sorted out. Moreover, college is very close to the city with all the resources available nearby.

Bhimaraju Shyam

Hi, I am pursuing Masters(2nd Year) in VLSI Design from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Bangalore. I am delighted to be part of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, where we can get good Academics and also Ethical Values. It is also the Best Gate way to the Corporate world. The College environment is also good. The way we will get knowledge here is not only from books but also from industrial perspectives. VLSI Design course has updated technology followed by the industrial standards. The core curriculum in our college which helps the students to ensure exposure to technology. The department also conducts many workshops for practical knowledge. Many lecturers were holding subjects like DFT, Verification, Physical Design etc., by experienced professors from VLSI Industry. The course is perfectly planned for 2 years which will have assessements, semesters, placements, Project. I am very thankful to Amrita School of Engineering for providing me the eminent education.

Ashwin

The values and culture I imbibed from my two years of learning at Amrita was inspiring and helped cultivate positive outlook towards future. Strongly committed and motivating mentors, finest infrastructure facilities and peaceful ambiance of the campus has enabled me to widen and expand my knowledge base too. Supports sports and other cultural activities too.

Ashwin

The values and culture I imbibed from my two years of learning at Amrita was inspiring and helped cultivate positive outlook towards future. Strongly committed and motivating mentors, finest infrastructure facilities and peaceful ambiance of the campus has enabled me to widen and expand my knowledge base too. Supports sports and other cultural activities too.

Duggi Niveditha
M. Tech. VLSI Design

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is a great place to learn. My experience at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is great and memorable. I am thankful to all the teachers who supported us and corrected us .I loved the infrastructure of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. I am really lucky and proud to have been a part of this university.

Vineeth Sarma
Senior Engineer, Analog Devices, Bangalore

My UG, PG and PhD experience with Amrita was one of the best exposure to the industry that I received in my life. Talented and resourceful faculty and infrastructure could open numerous doorways for you to the engineering industry. Unlike usual VLSI academia, courses are designed to align with current industrial requirements. This not only helps you in campus recruitment but also helps to appreciate the theories behind all the wonderful engineering mechanisms that makes our life possible.

Nidhya Mathew
Invecas, Bangalore.

It was an excellent platform to learn and explore the world of VLSI. Teachers are behaving like mentors and training the students compatible for industry. As a student, the career growth is easy with Amrita as its academic syllabus is in line with the industry requirements.

Parvathy
AMS Semiconductor, Hyderabad.

2 years of M.tech Program at Amrita School of Engineering was an excellent platform for me to grow both personally and professionally. Academics were in accordance with latest industry trends and was guided by highly qualified faculty. The industry internship program was a good opportunity to gain more practical knowledge and helped me to secure my dream job in a semiconductor industry

Jia Mary Koshy
Black Pepper, Bangalore

I call my M.Tech in VLSI Design course at Amrita as an intensive crash course that clearly defined my career path. What strike me the most was the faculty’s dedication in making sure that the students were able to grasp the basics of VLSI Design as well as equipping them for a more competitive IC design Industry. Now into my 3 years of experience in this field working for companies like Soctronics, Invecas, Intel and Samsung I can assuredly say that the confidence that help me to clear off all these interviews are gained from the concepts that I learned during my M.Tech course at Amrita.

Our Recruiters

Alumni

Vineeth Sarma
Engineering Manager, Analog Design

He did his MTech in VLSI, ECE Dept Amritapuri Campus during 2010-2012 and then joined the department as PhD student during 2012-2017in the domain Analog and Mixed Signal Design. Currently he is working as Engineering Manager, Analog Design.

Gayathri A G
PDK Specialist at Infineon Technologies

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India [2019-2020 batch]

Niraj Mohan Nambiar
Graduate Technical Intern at Intel Corporation

Current Final Year MTech [2020-2022 Batch]

Anjali Gopinath
Hardware Engineer at Apple

Hillsboro, Oregon, United States [2014-2016 batch]

Jia Koshy
Analog Layout Engineer at Blackpepper Technologies(Contractor for Samsung Semiconductor India)

MTech VLSI[2014-2016 batch]

Vishnu K
Deign Verification Engineer at Ignitarium Technology Solutions Pvt Ltd

Palakkadu, Kerala, India [2018-2020 batch]

Sooraj Muralidharan
Post Silicon System Validation Engineer at Intel Corporation

[2017-2019 batch]

Sooraj Sreedharan
Application Specific Solution Specialist, Synopsys Inc

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India [2015-2017 batch]

Amrutha J
Senior Software Engineer at Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India [ 2016-2018 Batch]

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