EDA: Onboarding Engineers to the World of Circuit Boards
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EDA: Onboarding Engineers to the World of Circuit Boards

Wherever you are right now, take off eyes from this article, and look at the things around you. It could be a ceiling fan or a black board or a water bottle. It may not be visibly apparent, but they are on the move...on the way to becoming electronics, and join the world wide network of what they call Internet of Things, which is going to be fifty times bigger by 2020 than the Internet of computers today. 

Almost all our products will be functioning like a computer - they would store, process, and transfer data. People who are at the forefront of making our products connected and our world smart are electronics engineers. 

They work for broadly two types of industries: semiconductor industry that design chips, and electronics product companies that design Printed Circuit Boards for products. It all began in 1947, when the transistor was invented. Transistor replaced vacuum tubes. Since then, the relentless process of electronification of products has had a head start. The progress has been proving Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, who said that the number of transistors in a chip will double every 18 months. Moore made this prediction in 1965, and the engineers could able to achieve it in the last 40 years - and no one doubts their ability to do it in the foreseeable future as well. 

The credit to a large extent goes to Electronic Design Automation tools - the CAD software that enables engineers draw/design, test, and help industry manufacture integrated chips and Printed Circuit Boards (PCB). EDA tools enable engineers understand the interactions of components, circuits, overall behavior of products, and the feasibility of manufacturing them in a better way. 

Going forward, the jobs of electronics engineers is going to be one of the most challenging and rewarding. And those jobs will be created in India, which is a hot destination for design centres for world's top consumer electronics companies, and a promising base for semiconductor and electronics hardware manufacturing sector. 

India's semiconductor industry is a US$ 10 billion industry. The size of hardware electronics market in India is set to cross the Rs 24 lakh crore mark by 2020, according to the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. 

If you are a computer science or electronics engineer -a degree or diploma holder, you could take part in the action with proper training in an EDA tool of the choice of your industry. Check out our courses.

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