Last Modified : September 07, 2017
Very-large-scale integration, commonly known as VLSI Design is one of the fastest growing sectors of engineering in India. With growth of Industries and its allied branches, students are now looking beyond the conventional streams such as Electronics and Electrical Engineering. Where streams such as Electronics and electrical talk about the principles of the stream, VLSI discuss about the process of creating an integrated circuit (IC) by combining thousands of transistors into a single chip.
Over the years with the need of VLSI and interest of students in the stream, the industry has growth of more than 100% in its revenue with the value growing from 1.3B in 2012 to 2.9B in 2016.
As mentioned earlier, VLSI is defined as Very Large Scale Integration. In simple words, VLSI basically means creating integrated circuits by combining thousands of transistors into a single chip. In terms of engineering, VLSI deals with the manufacturing of Microprocessors.
Microprocessors is a multipurpose computer processor which incorporates functions of CPU into a single integrated circuit. Microprocessors are present in your mobile phone, laptop, CPU or even electric cars.
B.Tech in VLSI design is one of the flagship courses in the field of this industry as it imparts the basic principles and training required regarding integrated circuits and microprocessors. An Graduate Engineer Trainee in VLSI design is proficient in circuits building, designing, management and its working, provided he/she studies properly.
In addition to your interest in the stream which is enough to make you join the course, VLSI has proven to be a stream unaffected by inflation and other economic adversities. Being in its budding phase, the industry provides spectacular career growth and lucrative salary packages.
VLSI is one of the industries which are yet on their rise. Unlike other major industries, VLSI has yet to reach its saturation point. This comes as good news for a VLSI Engineer as demands of such engineers in number of organizations has been constantly rising through the years.
As per reports by Payscale.com, average salary offered to Graduate Engineer Trainee in VLSI Design is INR 631, 426 which much higher as compared to other entry level engineers.
Since VLSI concerns itself with integrated circuits, it’s demand will not drop in the coming years owing to the interest of industrialists and the world in Artificial Intelligence and its possibilities.
In addition to considerably higher average salary, VLSI Engineers also receive an average bonus of INR 175,000 yearly.
Since, VLSI being a completely practical field, the job offers include industry locations of manufacturing or maintenance units. Jobs offered in the VLSI industry require theory knowledge and its practical applications. In addition to the engineering profiles available in the market, there are lots of R&D jobs available at operational units. Entry level jobs available in VLSI Industry include Application consultant, Field Application Engineer and Design engineer. Organisations such as Intel, Qualcomm and Mediatek can be called top-notch firms for this sector. Other known firms which hire in this field are AMD, Synopsis, Broadcom, Texas Instruments, Nvidia and many others. Many Indian firms also recruit students from VLSI streams. Some of these firms are Bharat Electronics Limited, Alliance Semiconductor (India), Defence Research and Development organization and many other firms.
Apart from the jobs available, one can also apply for Masters followed by research fellowship at IITs or IISc Bangalore in this field. One can also apply for lectureship under VLSI courses, in various colleges in India.
The salary for faculties depends on the type organization, but if someone gets placed in a company after B.Tech in VLSI, a monthly salary of INR 45000 to 75000 thousand can be expected, with increments according to performance.
The eligibility criteria for doing B.Tech in VLSI design may vary according to the college one wants to opt for. Generally, students who pass their 10+2 level of education are eligible to apply for the course.
Many top colleges of the country offer Bachelor’s Degree in VLSI design. Here is a list of the top notch colleges in India for doing B.Tech in VLSI Design:-
B.Tech in VLSI is a course growing in terms of popularity and wealth. Candidates interested in computer hardware keen to do research the sector can apply for the course with such a promising career graph and lucrative offers the industry provides.