Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Impeccable Integrity

At Maven Silicon, we do not just focus only on teaching the VLSI technology, instead we work with our engineers closely and help them to build their long term career. I want my engineer to come back even after 10 years and say, "I am successful in my life its because of Maven's course". I feel its my responsibility to guide the next generation engineers, not only on designing complex chips, but definitely on how to lead a successful professional life.

Most of the young engineers do not even know the meaning of integrity and its the same case with some experienced professionals too.

On the first day of Maven VLSI course, I teach all my engineers how to protect the Intellectual Properties of an organization. Its time for us to understand the value of ones creative work and use their patented technologies with proper licenses. But integrity is not only about protecting IPs, its about everything,
your honesty, truthfulness and consistency of your character.

Do not share any confidential information about your company with outsiders. You need to mind what you post on your Facebook or tweet too. 

After hiring some employee with low integrity and ethics, I have realized why Warren Buffet has said :

"In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you."  

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Attitude Vs Talent

Murray Vs Federer

Britain's Andy Murray demolished Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the Olympic men's final on Sunday to win his first gold medal and avenge his Wimbledon final defeat against the world number one.

Just four weeks after breaking down in tears when Federer shattered his hopes of a first Wimbledon title, Murray returned to Centre Court to rout the Swiss great in just one hour and 56 minutes.

Learn from Murray how to bounce back from the failures and show the world that you can still WIN, especially to your competitors who challenge you.

Perseverance is more powerful than knowledge. And its called the power of positive attitude.


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Smart Engineer

Are you really a Smart Engineer? If yes, you should be really good at exploiting the script languages and automating the design process. My point is a good VLSI engineer must be really comfortable in writing scripts and running simulation in batch mode. Today most of the young engineering graduates use even Linux as Windows. Its a big problem. The trainers in VLSI training schools too do not urge people to use scripts. Its time for us to train the trainers on design automation.

I have recently visited one of my MNC customers, who has already employed our Aceic engineers as contractors for his projects, to understand his expectations from my engineers, in terms of technical expertise and skill sets. He told me very precisely that VLSI engineers must be good at technology and automation as well. I shared my concern and told him about the current scenario of young engineers. Immediately he suggested me one thing that I should remove the mouse from all the computers. You might be surprised or even confused. Yes, he is 100% right. This is how we can really force the engineers to use commands.

We engineers in industry use VI editors and scripting languages like Perl pretty much to write the programs and automate the simulation respectively. I don't think that you really need somebody like me to guide you to learn them. Google is just enough!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

100% Placement

You might feel surprised when we confidently say we provide "100% Placement" to all our Maven students. Yes, we provide 100% Placement support to all our students. It means we provide minimum two interview opportunities for every candidate, while doing the course and also we will help the students to understand their grey areas and prepare well to face the tough technical interviews. We at Maven teach the basics of communication and arrange mock-up interviews as part of the communication workshop. This helps our students to project themselves technically sound and convince the interviewer. I don't think that any VLSI training company in India, except Maven Silicon, imparts communication and project management skills to the engineers.

Sometimes we even organize Boot Camp Training program for the old students who have missed multiple interviews and help them to refresh their VLSI knowledge. At Maven we never say NO to any of our old students who are in need of interviews. But at the sametime we always evaluate the performance of the student before arranging any interviews. We have recently organized the boot camp training to our old students. Gafoor who has participated in this boot camp, has successfully cleared the written test and interview at Emulex and joined as a VLSI Verification Engineer - Trainee. Please visit this photo album [Gafoor sharing his experience] at Facebook

I believe in "Small things make BIG difference". Let us not ignore communication skill as a small thing and focus only on learning technologies as a big thing. We at Maven focus on everything that is required for an engineer to get the job in semiconductor industry.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Are you looking for Job Assurance ?

A training institute that offers job guarantee is not a right place for you to learn the VLSI technologies and eventually they will make you as a job-less engineer. I would like to ask this question, Can you spend money and buy a product with defects? For example you are planning to buy a television set. I am sure you will do some homework and collect all the details of the manufacturers. Then finally, you will definitely choose a good brand.

Suppose if you buy a TV without looking at the brand and quality, just to save the money, eventually you would end up frustrating yourself by watching low resolution images, without any sound effects and spending money frequently to rectify the defects too. The point is, after buying the product, you really want to feel relaxed and enjoy its features. Its the same case with the companies too, when it comes to recruiting engineers for any job. Please understand this. After recruiting engineer, we want to feel relaxed and enjoy designing complex chips, by exploiting his skills, knowledge and creativity. I do the same thing for my services company, Aceic Design Technologies and hire only the top performers of every batch.

Trust me, if you are knowledgeable and skilled, you do not need to worry about the job. Industry folks will come behind you and they might even compete to hire you. I have seen some students even with multiple offers, confused where to join, in the history of Maven Silicon . They are truly knowledgeable and highly skilled. 

In industry, we strongly believe in well defined recruitment process. We want to make sure that we get the top performers. That's why the selection process includes written test and multiple rounds of interviews. We really want to scrutinize and choose the candidate for the job. Its very similar to the way you buy your product.

Do you buy a third grade product, without looking at the brand, especially when you are planning to spend huge money? So, why should I take risk in providing fake job assurance and recruiting an average engineer.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Experienced - VLSI Trainers

When you are searching for a good VLSI training institute, Experienced Trainers is definitely one of the important things that you always consider and rate the institute. But you should really know how to evaluate the worth of the trainer's experience. In some cases, trainer may be an experienced VLSI engineer but he may not know how to train the graduates. A good trainer must be an experienced VLSI engineer and as a good teacher he must have the skills mentioned below.

[1] Trainer should be a role model and he must know how to motivate the trainee to learn the new technologies

[2] Trainer should parallely work on real time projects that are based on latest technologies

[3] Trainer should know how to break the complex concepts into multiple-simple steps and explain with example

[4] Trainer should know how to guide the trainee to communicate well and clear the technical interviews

[5] Trainer should be a good mentor and he should know how to excite the trainee by allocating technically challenging assignments

Let me explain about our trainers at Maven Silicon. As a founder and CEO, I am responsible to design the training courses and motivate the trainee to learn the VLSI technologies. Though I am a CEO, still I prefer to work on customer projects, as a consultant. As part of our services company Aceic Design Technologies, I am managing the engineering team and driving the verification projects, as a Chief Technical Officer. This helps me to understand the customer's requirements and update myself on the latest verification methodologies, especially to update the training courses. I choose only the Aceic engineers who are currently working on the customer projects as a trainer, mainly based on their teaching abilities and interest to motivate and train the young folks, as per the guidelines mentioned above.

Sivakumar P R
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Design Your Career in Very Large Scale - VLSI

An article "Skilled manpower must chip in for semicon sector" from Financial Express:

Despite its huge potential, the semi-conductor industry in India is yet to pick up pace. The very large-scale integration (VLSI) design industry feels that the country needs to build an ecosystem to tap the emerging opportunities and the first move in that direction would be to create skilled manpower to support the growth.

For the record, the year 2008 was an inflection point in the global economic boom. However, emerging markets, including India, have limitless possibilities and opportunities for the growth of the industry.

Jaswinder S Ahuja, corporate VP and MD, Cadence Design Systems, and also president of VLSI Society of India, says there is a demand for application-driven innovation by talented engineers. Quoting a JP Morgan Research report, he says that while the US recorded a 1.4% growth and Europe 1.6%, emerging markets showed a growth of 5-7%. The important areas for the sector to tap would be education, energy, remote population and health verticals.

However, availability of skilled manpower and managing attrition is a huge challenge. Ahuja says the attrition rate compared to the three-year-ago period has increased by a few points, mainly due to MNC investments in India. This has opened up multiple opportunities, particularly in R&D, and there is a need for a fundamental makeover of engineering education. While there are only skilled 25,000 VLSI engineers at present, there would be a demand for 75,000 by 2015, says a Nasscom report. “The electronics industry is a sunrise industry now and a lot of opportunities are there to be exploited at the design, component and assembly levels. All these segments offer tremendous job creation potential for talent from the ITI level to the PhD level,” says JA Chowdary, chairman Talentsprint.

On a similar note, Neeraj Varma, country manager, sales, India, Australia and New Zealand, Xilinx, says that three years ago, the attrition rate in the semi-conductor industry was around 15-20%. The situation has improved marginally with the increase in the talent pool, to around 13-17% today. However, skilled talent that can cater to the specialised requirement of the industry continues to be a challenge.

“The IC design segment in India, which currently employs around 25,000 professionals , is expected to provide more than 75,000 jobs by 2015. Also, India's talent lies in hardware design and this offers tremendous growth potential for the industry,'' says Dasaradha R Gude, chairman, Soctronics. "We expect the VLSI and embedded industry to collectively employ about 7,50,000 professionals, with 6,80,000 jobs created by the embedded systems category alone," he adds.

According to a report by India Semiconductor Association (ISA) in April 2011, the semi-conductor industry in India employed a workforce of around 1,60,000 in 2010. The report estimated a CAGR of 20% to reach 2,30,000 by 2012. This anticipated growth is good news, but it does come with its own set of challenges. “While India’s availability of talent continues to be an advantage, the challenge that the semi-conductor industry in India has faced, and continues to face, is improving the young workforce’s productivity. With around 78% of graduates having a B Tech degree with no VLSI training, companies still have to spend considerable time in training fresh graduates. In particular, soft skills, management skills, product realisation experience as well as analog design skills are some talent-related challenges that the industry is facing,'' Ahuja points out.

“The hiring trends remain the same and opportunities abound for people with the specialised skill set needed by the semi-conductor industry. What has changed over the years is a general shift from hiring for front-level engineering jobs to people with deeper-level expertise, such as system level design, project management experience, et al. With regards to sourcing, we continue to face challenges as engineers graduating out of the colleges are not directly employable at present,'' says Varma.

The semi-conductor industry and the electronics ecosystem are waiting for a silver lining in the form of the National Policy on Electronics, which is expected to be formalised in in the first half of 2012. It aims at addressing the huge gap — estimated at $300 billion — between locally manufactured electronics and the consumer demand for electronics that we expect to see by 2020.

According to Ahuja, if immediate steps are not taken to address this gap, by 2020, electronics imports may far exceed oil imports. The NPE takes a holistic view of developing the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) ecosystem with a view to bridging the demand-supply gap. It is not an exaggeration to say that the NPE will be a game changer; a huge injection of funds will fuel growth, provide impetus for new companies to enter, open manufacturing, create opportunities in education/training, etc.


This article clearly explains that Semiconductor Industries will grow fast and there are plenty of opportunities for fresh electronics engineers who have been trained on VLSI Technology through professional development training courses offered by finishing schools like Maven Silicon.  So why don't you design your career in Very Large Scale? 

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Good References to learn VLSI Design and Verification

VLSI Projects:

This website offers open source IP cores. One can create a login and download the IPs in Verilog/VHDL and explore the RTL design.

SystemVerilog TB methodologies - OVM/UVM

A good website to lean all the SystemVerilog based TB methodologies. It’s maintained by MentorGraphics, one of the top EDA companies. One can download all the cookbooks and examples for free. Very useful for even experienced engineers!


A good website to learn the nuts and bolts of VMM methodology.

VLSI Basics

Testbench and HVL Basics

Digital Design - John Wakerly
Verilog HDL - Samir Palnitkar
VHDL - Douglas Perry
SystemVerilog - Writing Testbenches by Janick Bergeron
Assertion Based verification - Harry Foster
UVM and OVM cookbooks from

Training Center:

Would you like to learn everything that I mentioned above, VLSI Basics, Verilog, VHDL, SystemVerilog, UVM, OVM, ABV etc, at one place very comfortably  and work on a complex IP Core too?

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Maven Silicon - Placement Support

At Maven Silicon, we provide minimum two interview opportunities to every candidate. Our Vice President Mr.Sriram Ramamurthy who has 20+ years of experience in Semiconductor Industry looks after the placement support. He interacts directly with the top executives of more than 100 VLSI design companies and arranges the interviews for every batch.

Also we conduct Boot Camp training programs to the students who have already failed in multiple interviews and train them further to face the tough technical interviews. This way many of our old students who are average also got into various VLSI companies.

Every time when we organize any interviews, we inform to all the students, including old batch students who missed the interview opportunities and allow everybody to participate in the written test. Those who perform well in the test will be allowed for the interview process. We strongly believe in providing equal opportunities to everybody, without any discrimination.

To know more about our placement support and recent placement record please visit                                   Maven Placement Support  and visit our training centre to interact with the students.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

I am so glad to team up with my engineers Sanjay and Abhilash, our Mavenites, as a verification consultant and drive the UVM engagement with our customer. We are architecting the complete verification environment using UVM methodology. This environment is composed of multiple UVCs and functional models. The DUV is very complex one. Its really challengable to model the complete environment in which usually the DUV would be used.

Its a rare opportunity for young verification engineers like Sanjay and Abhilash. They are part of initial planning phase too and exploring TB architecture and verification planning and management process.

Sanjay and Abhilash have done VLSI-RN course at Maven Silicon. They have joined in our services organization, Aceic Design Technologies as Project Engineer - ASIC Verification and worked on multiple IP core verification projects. Today they are working on cutting edge technologies and growing as verification specialists.

What Abhilash says about our VLSI Training at Maven Silicon

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