Embedded Systems / VLSI Design / Electronic Design and Automation

Embedded systems are computers (microprocessors) that are enclosed (embedded) in customized hardware. Examples of embedded systems are portable medical equipment, cellular phones, or consumer electronics items. The global demand for semiconductors is expected to remain robust in 2006 due to an increase in demand for consumer electronics. According to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), the worldwide semiconductor sales set a new record of 227.5 billion in 2005. This rapid growth has opened a range of career opportunities in the embedded design industry.

There are over 130 chip design firms present in India—the vast pool of talent and growing domestic market has helped the country emerge as an important centre for chip design. Last year, the industry witnessed major investments in the country in R&D, an indicator of India’s potential with respect to the talent available. A country traditionally acknowledged for its software development capabilities is now exhibiting its competency in the chip design industry. This booming semiconductor industry promises 3.5 million jobs by 2015, according to a report by the Indian Semiconductor Association (ISA) and global consulting company Frost & Sullivan.

Indian engineers have carved a niche for themselves by making significant contributions to the development of cutting-edge technology. India, with capabilities in very large scale integration (VLSI) design and software development, has potentially captured a larger share of the market by focusing on these markets. It is no wonder that almost all of the top 10 semiconductor vendors have established design centers in India. This has also contributed to the growth of the electronic design automation (EDA) industry in India. Leading Indian IT companies are also setting up product engineering and design services, partnering with global chip majors. Today’s engineers, therefore, have immense opportunities in hardware and embedded design, developing integrated circuits (ICs); field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and systems-on-chips (SoCs), apart from typical software development opportunities. Embedded systems market, which is one of the key drivers of Indian R&D offshoring and is currently pegged at around US$ 25 billion globally, growing at a 16% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).A NASSCOM-Mckinsey study states that the domestic embedded systems market for India is gearedto generate U.S. $9.5 billion and exports worth U.S. $ 10 billion by the year 2008. This being a niche field, companies are increasingly looking for professionals with hands-on experience in digital application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design, physical design, mixed signal IC design, verilog, VHDL or VHSIC, VLSI design, circuit design and simulations, microcontrollers, digital PCB design and routing. Expansion plans of various MNCs and recent efforts by NASSCOM to play up India’s product development skills suggest that embedded software would be India’s next sunrise sector. However the Indian Semiconductor Association (ISA) estimates that engineering colleges are meeting only 20 per cent of the industry demand for chip design engineers. Organisations spend a year and a half shaping young graduates even as the courses in our educational institutions are outdated. Both industry and academia would benefit if institutes introduce a competent courseware and the industry gets involved in imparting professional training in institutes.




Since the market demand for embedded system designers has become very high and is expected to grow further, DOEACC Centre Calicut initiated action for starting an M.Tech. Course (affiliated to Calicut University) in Embedded Systems. M.Tech program in Embedded Systems was started from July 2005-06 with an intake of 18 students of whom 5 are sponsored candidates. The course has received good response and is currently going on in full swing. The duration of the course is 24 months (4 semesters) and the semester fee per candidate is Rs.30,000. The 2nd batch of admission is over this year and the classes have already started from 02.08.06. Apart from the long term course following short term courses on embedded system and VLSI are being conducted by the centre. Sl No.
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Name of the course
ED:500:PG Diploma in Embedded System Design ED:505:Embedded S/w & RT Linux Course ED508:Embedded Product Design Course PG Diploma in VLSI Design

Batch Size
30 30 30 30

6 months 3 weeks 2 weeks 6 months

Course Fees
Rs. 46,000 Rs. 6000 Rs. 4000 RS. 30,000




A VLSI and Embedded System Lab has been set up at this Centre ( Imphal ) as a project under DIT, MCIT.

2006.The contents of this course are1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. MOS transistor, MOS Inverter, CMOS Circuits and logic circuits, CMOS chip Design options, MOS Processing Technology, VLSI packaging Digital logic components and circuits Programmable logic, programmable gate arrays, PAL, PLA, CPLD, FPGA CAD Tools HDL, VHDL DOEACC © 2005, All rights reserved

Plans for upgradation: Software tools such as assemblers, compilers and IDEs and trainers boards for microcontrollers such as 8051 and PIC family are being added to the Lab. Courses on Embedded Systems will be introduced shortly.


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The Centre ( SRINAGAR/JAMMU ) offers Short-Term courses titled Designing with 8051 Designing with AVR Micro-controller


To offer 3 months/6 months training program on embedded system for which 3 faculty members have been currently deputed to undergo modular training program on Embedded System at DOEACC Centre ,Calicut.

C-DAC and DOEACC Centre,Aurangabad have executed a MoU on 29thJune,2006 to collaborate/work in the common areas of interest like e-learning and embedded systems etc. The Centre proposes to conduct the Course “Diploma in Embedded System Design (DESD)” w.e.f 25th Sept,2006 at DOEACC Centre, Aurangbad. C-DAC will provide its academic and technical support like syllabus preparation, laboratory component identification, faculty orientation program etc. The Centre conducts the following short term courses on VLSI Design . Sl No. Name of the course
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1 week

Course Fees
Rs. 2500 Rs. 4000 Rs. 30,000 RS. 15,000 RS. 8000 RS. 8000 RS. 20,000

A Circuit Simulation, foundations for Analog Chip 1 week Design Course Certificate Course in VLSI Design An Electronics Product Development using FPGA/CPLD & Data Converters Course Board Design, Analysis and layout Course VLSI Backend (Physical Design) Diploma in Embedded System Design 6 months 12 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 16 weeks


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The Centre ( Gorakhpur ) is organizing following training programme in the field of Embedded System. 6 months Advance Diploma in Embedded System 1 month Summer Training in Embedded System 1 week to 4 week short term training in Embedded System One month Summer Training on Embedded System has been conducted during June/July/August and 102 Candidates has been trained. Six months Advance Diploma in Embedded System has been advertised going to commence shortly. The Centre is organizing following training programme in VLSI/EDA Tools. Interaction with various Engineering Colleges is under process. One week Winter School on “VHDL Programming & Synthesis” for Engineering College students scheduled from 9th October 2006 to 13th October 2006. One week Faculty Training Programme on “VHDL Programming & Synthesis” for

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