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Cadence VLSI certification program (CVCP) aims to deliver ‘industry grade’ graduates


Cadence Design Systems presented a curtain raiser on the Cadence VLSI Certification Program (CVCP) during the CDNLive India University conference. The availability of trained manpower holds the key to sustained growth. Also, the first thing required to build a good product is to have a good design. Hence, the need for good chip designers.

Cadence already has over 300 program participant institutes in India. The company regularly conducts ‘train the trainer’  programs as well. This program has so far witnessed the tapeouts of five chips and includes IPs from 14 colleges.

Cadence has also started additional strategic programs. First, finishing schools — initiatives with some universities and Indian semiconductor houses. These have been established to bridge the skill gap. Cadence has seen some success in Hyderabad and Bangalore. It has also contributed to the industry demand of manpower. Cadence also has the Orcad training program.

Joint development activity has been happening within the industry-academia to provide a consistent quality of curriculum and develop broader penetration.

The enablers/catalysts are industry veterans, who accept their social responsibility of training upcoming engineers. Some of the first movers aer already Cadence’s training partners.

CVCP initiative
Cadence’s CVCP has been launched with objective of delivering graduates that are ‘industry grade’. It will also provide an incremental training approach, leading up from VLSI fundamentals to industry relevant skills.

The industry relevant leading edge course work has been developed and proven through various programs such as the Cadence-Brazil initiative. Graduates will undergo hands-on guided development projects. The CVCP’s duration is of 214 hours spread over six months. It offers the following:
* MTEch in VLSI.
* MTech in digital electronics.
* MTech in embedded systems.
* BE/BTech in ECE, EE, TC.

The course will be running concurrent to the ongoing degree. Cadence owns the course, which is delivered by CCTP with support from CDNS. NIST, Berhampur, in Orissa, is the first participant in the CVCP with a batch of 60 students.

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  1. VLSI
    November 22, 2010 at 6:45 pm | #1

    Pradeep, Delivering industry grade VLSI graduates is not easy task in the Indian education system where most of Universities M.Tech VLSI programs do not have the provision of labs or labs are optional.

    We, at IIVDT, are only able to deliver CVCP successfully at NIST as Dr. Panda and his whole staff sits in the class full time, and listen to all lectures, and do all labs by themselves. This kind of seriousness from the faculty make students work twice to compete with their professors.

  2. November 22, 2010 at 7:06 pm | #2

    Thanks for the comment.

    Is there some way that either a national lab or four regional labs can be set — which can be accessed by all academia? Who can help in developing this initiative? Can the UGC help? Is there anyone out there among the readers? Let me know. Will see what can be done. Cheers! ;)

  3. deepak
    December 11, 2010 at 7:50 am | #3

    Does this CVCP program enhance the recruitment by the VLSI companies? Please suggest the companies that will prefer these students.

  4. Muni
    December 11, 2010 at 7:55 am | #4

    Will a candidate with CVCP certificate get extra impression during recruitment by VLSI companies? Please suggest some company names.

    • December 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm | #5

      Hello Deepak and Muni, I believe this program aims to deliver graduates that are industry grades. If you have the necessary skills, any good chip company can hire you. However, it seems — like many youngsters — you all are looking for shortcuts — by asking about companies, etc.

      Why don’t both of you find out for yourself what CVCP offers by contacting Cadence? Best wishes.

  5. Kiran
    December 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm | #6

    Thanking you, Sir for providing this program information. I want to know detail information about this program like cost of the program and Where the program will be offered. I am from Hyderabad, please provide me the inormation.

    • December 18, 2010 at 7:13 pm | #7

      Hello Kiran: Thanks for the query. I’ve requested Cadence for some more information. Will share it with you as soon as I have it. Best wishes.

  6. suresh
    December 31, 2010 at 8:43 am | #8

    Hello Pradeep sir,

    I have a query regarding the CVCP course. I am doing my final year in ME Embedded Systems from ANNA Univ. When I inquired about this course, I am being suggested not to take up this course because some of my friends who are working in industries say that it differs from what I do in my ME program. They even said that I am differing from my stream of work as what I’m doing currently now.

    But I’m interested in working in the EDA domain. Can you please help me on this regard?

    I checked across Tamil Nadu, and I could find this course in VIT, Vellore. Is there any other institute in chennai and Bangalore that offers this course? Could you please help me on this regard in finding out a solution?

  7. kedhar veeramallu
    January 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm | #9

    i would like to know the places where the course is being offered along with the price to avail the program

  8. Deepak
    March 23, 2011 at 1:59 am | #10

    Hello sir, I would like to request you to comment on WIPRO VLSI as a career in VLSI domain. Can it be perfect choice for career development in VLSI domain? What are the opportunities behind it? Pls suggest.

  9. D.Srinivas rao
    May 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm | #11

    Hello sir,

    I am second year M.Tech VLSI student..I heard about Cadence certification course..I want to know more about it, like cost ,duration, where in india classes are going on, etc….kindly help me..hoping for your reply soon.

  10. May 29, 2011 at 7:42 pm | #12

    Thanks Srinivas. Have forwarded your message to Cadence. You should hear from them soon. Let me know, in case you don’t! Regards.

    • kotte swathi (@kotteswathi)
      August 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm | #13

      Hello Sir,

      I am Swathi. May I know about the course structure and how can i register in the course can you please send me the details?

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