A little over two weeks ago I suggested a couple of things that could improve the awareness of the EDA industry with people outside the industry. One of them was to institute a college degree in EDA.
It turns out that my suggestion was a bit out of date, if not in the USA certainly in some other parts of the world. My good friend Rich Goldman, who lately seems to spend a lot of his time in the Middle East and adjoining nations, yesterday wrote to me and informed me that, with the help of Synopsys, the company he works for, there are in fact degrees in EDA being awarded in places like Armenia and soon in Russia and China. Here is the entire text of his letter.
What you suggest about a degree in EDA in this blog posting is great. I
just wanted to let you know that this degree does actually exist today.
At our universities in Armenia, we confer VLSI Design degrees and EDA
degrees at the Bachelors, Masters, and PhD levels. State Engineering
University of Armenia has been offering the EDA degree for three years,
and so far have graduated 42 Bachelors, 13 Masters, and 2 PhDs with this
degree. Yerevan State University will be graduating it's first Bachelors
this Spring. This past Fall, we established a similar program at
Synopsys worked very closely with these universities to create the
curriculum, which includes courses in IC Design Basics (IC Design
Introduction, Semiconductor Devices and Technology, Digital Integrated
Circuits, Analog Integrated Circuits, VLSI Design, Modeling and
Optimization of VLSI Interconnects, etc), EDA Basics (EDA Introduction,
Algorithms Theory, VLSI Design Algorithms, VLSI Physical Design
Algorithms, VLSI Schematic Design Algorithms, VLSI Verification
Algorithms, Hardware Description Languages, etc.), Programming
(Programming Languages, Object Oriented Programming, Software
Development Technology, Software Verification and Validation, Data
Structures, Advanced Operating Systems, etc.) and EDA related
mathematics (EDA Mathematical Methods, Discrete Mathematics, Artificial
Intelligence Systems, etc).
It is a comprehensive and high quality curriculum. It has been translated into English, Russian and Chinese, and is now being adopted at Moscow Institute of Engineering Technology and several colleges in China. Modules are being adopted across the
United States and Europe. Graduates are uniquely qualified to enter the
EDA industry as immediately productive employees. Many Graduates of
these programs are now gainfully employed by Synopsys, Virage, Ponte and
other companies in Armenia. We depend on these programs as the key
source for our future employees there.
Synopsys offers these courses as complete modules to universities
worldwide. I'd very much appreciate it, if you think this is a worthy
effort, if you could help get the word out so any universities
interested in adopting these courses, or in creating a program in EDA
can contact us to get access to the curriculum.
Rich Goldman, Vice President, Strategic Market Development