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Good IC layout schools?

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Svilen, Nov 7, 2004.

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  1. Svilen

    Svilen Guest

    Hi,

    Can someone point a good school in Silicon Valley teching IC layout -
    mainly analog/mixed-signal? Good meaning where they take care teaching
    layout essentials and have good reputation in the industry.
    Thanks

    Svilen
     
  2. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    I don't know anyone who went to school to learn layout... it was done
    "hands-on" with a layout tool and someone showing you the ropes.

    And it's an "art"... either you are good at it or you're not.

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  3. Clarence

    Clarence Guest

  4. PaulCsouls

    PaulCsouls Guest

    Berkeley has two, 3 course programs in its Berkeley Extension
    program.

    Professional Sequence in Analog Design.
    Complete Analog/RF CMOS Chip Design.

    www.unex.berkeley.edu

    I haven't taken them, so I don't know if they are any good.

    Paul C
     
  5. Svilen

    Svilen Guest

    Thanks for the answers.
    Jim, I agree with you that it is an art and comes from hands-on
    experience. Yrt, do you know of a company that is willing to hire
    someone just on the basis of this presumption - he/she will learn in
    house from the gurus. I don't know any. I myself am an analog designer
    with quite some years of experience and I have done layout, but this
    of course doesn't help my wife to get a job. Many companies want to
    see that the person has finished some kind of layout school.
    That's why I am asking.
    Google search is an option, but I am interested to get people's
    recommendations.
    As for the Berkeley extension courses - mildly said they are not worth
    spending the money, speaking about the analog ones. I haven't taken
    them too, but I know people who have and got to tell you instructors
    there are just interested in getting through the course without caring
    how muchthe students learn and besides, those instructors are not
    competent in all they tech - except for Willy Sansen perhaps. That's
    another reason I wanted to get some personal recommendations.
     
  6. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    On 8 Nov 2004 21:22:01 -0800, (Svilen) wrote:

    [snip]
    What! Is Willy Sansen teaching at Berkeley? I know he has
    co-authored some papers with Berkeley-ites, but didn't know he was
    teaching there.

    Willy and I shared the podium at the Royal Melbourne (Australia)
    Institute of Technology in August, 1986, giving an analog seminar...
    Willy taught CMOS, I taught Bipolar.

    Then we went out to dinner at a very nice Chinese place... then to one
    of the original showings of "Crocodile Dundee" ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  7. Svilen

    Svilen Guest

    No, he's not at Berkeley, sorry for confusing you. I believe he is
    still in Belgium. But he does give courses at Berkeley extension on
    advanced analog design (CMOS) in late spring and then in the summer.
    Last year I wanted to go to his spring course but it was canceled
    because they couldn't get enough participents.
    I have listened to his lectures at EPFL in Lausane in Switzerland, he
    seems to be a pretty good instructor.


     
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