India’s ESDM and World’s open-source vision

All the people whom you see in below image were a part of VSD 8-week Research IP design internship program, all interns are from colleges in India, and all of them built some cool analog IP’s from scratch. This internship program partially and unknowingly executes India’s ESDM vision and World’s open-source vision, all by college students, who passionately worked close to 14-15hours per day

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7th mile-stone in open-source analog IP design – 10-bit DAC

Ashutosh had joined our VSD Research IP design internship group 8-weeks back, along with 30 other interns. His journey on was from “I can’t, its too difficult” to “I did it”. Personally, only I know how hard it was for him when he saw an industry grade 10-bit DAC specifications on VSD IP website. We managed to achieve post-layout DNL of 3.5LSB and INL of 3.7LSB, which as per experience, is really tough for a fresher to achieve in a span of 8-weeks, but not impossible.

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6th mile-stone in field of open-source – FREE VLSI tool installation course

A full-fledged video lectures on step-by-step process to install OpenLANE EDA tool chain and Sky130 PDK open-process on your own laptop, from scratch. There is a dependency on vsdflow, though for fresh users and with Windows or fresh Unix machines. To do something like this, it needs a clear focus on end vision, with very good VLSI fundamentals, which demands hours of efforts every day

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VSD is now “Intelligent VSD”

After 9-years of extensive research on VLSI students learning patterns and multiple 5-days workshop with students and professionals all over world, below image displays 6 critical components of a remarkably successful VSD workshop. I am measuring success in terms of placements, interviews, fundamentals revision and job changes by professionals.

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The heart is missing….

NPTEL presents you this fantastic opportunity to interact with Industry Expert Mr. Kunal P Ghosh, Director, and co-founder of VLSI System Design (VSD) Corp. Pvt. Ltd. on 07th March 2020 at 6 PM over a live session on topic – Transforming the Silicon Industry Through Open-Source.

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