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 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.
The Programme Outcomes (POs)
- Creation of expertise and work force in the microelectronics domain to deal with design, development, analysis, testing and evaluation of the critical aspects of integrated circuits and its core concepts to cater to the requirements of the industry and academia
- Facilitate research opportunities in the integrated circuits domain aimed at developing state-of the art technologies with value based social responsibility.
- Developing professional competence in microelectronics domain and leadership qualities with a harmonious blend of ethics leading to an integrated personality development
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).
There are several other prospective companies for internships in VLSI domain.