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Post subject: if you are an analog designer, don't worry about outsourcing Posted: Fri Sep 16,
2005 9:43 am
Lack of analog skills cramping Indian design services
(09/16/2005 9:06 AM EDT)
URL: http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtm ... =170703946
BANGALORE, India — India lacks experienced chip designers to meet the needs of its growing design services
business, and the outlook is bleaker for analog chip design skills.
Of the estimated 10,000 to 12,000
design engineers in India, there are only about 400 analog designers with a minimum of three years experience,
according to the India Semiconductor Association (ISA).
Technical institutes and government-owned research
centers are the current, though limited, source of analog skills. The alternative is "to pay more and poach
experienced analog designers from other companies," said Sunil Sherlekar, head of embedded systems with Tata
Consultancy Services, based here.
"Analog designers are just not there, and it is a very serious problem.
Six-month courses may help but analog design cannot be taught the way digital design can be as it needs more
practice. How can we create integrated designs if there aren’t enough analog designers available?" Sherlekar
ISA said more emphasis is needed on opportunities for analog designers and the challenges of doing
"We need to give more visibility to analog skills, which in turn make more good engineers
take up analog design as their preferred area of work," added ISA President Poornima Shenoy.
firms here now hire engineering students and train them in-house, a costly but necessary process. "We hire from
the Indian Institutes of Technology, the National Institutes of Engineering and train them internally," said S.
Karthik, managing director, India Product Development Center, Analog Devices India Pvt. Ltd.
has become so acute that that attracting experienced analog engineers back from the U.S. is now an option. Like
India, China and Taiwan also lack sufficent analog talent, Shenoy said.
The heavy emphasis here on software
development also contibutes to the analog gap. "Even within hardware, digital design is emphasized as it is more
glamorous and has more job openings," said Karthik. A short-term solution is certificate courses, but long-term
engagement with universities, improving faculty and a curriculum that is more design-oriented are needed to
overcome the deficiency, he added.