VTA

VTA: VLSI Training Academy

VLSI Training Academy also known as VTA, is the professional chip designing academy under United International University. VTA is the first training academy for VLSI and analog IC design in Bangladesh. It aims to develop highly trained professionals. Since its journey it has trained several engineers who have been serving at the top chip designing companies in Bangladesh. Within a short period of time, VTA has achieved great reviews from the chip designing companies. It has caught the local interest of the engineers seeking to work in chip designing.

Under the patronage of UIU and vision from Prof. M. Rezwan Khan, Dr. Raqibul Mostofa, Dr. Md. Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury and Salahuddin Ahmed, VTA was established on early 2016.

With the usage of industry grade software (Cadence), the trainees here are well-equipped to work in the industry once they have completed their training. Each module’s syllabus is developed under the keen supervision of industry and academic experts. The module has been in regular moderation to meet the current market demand. The friendly experienced instructors here not only training them on the academy but also supporting the trainees with advice/suggestions once they have entered the job market.

List of Industry experts:

  1. Enayetur Rahman, CEO, ULKASEMI
  2. Aliya Shafquat
  3. Habibur Rahman, MD, Prime Silicon
  4. Jahangir Dewan, Direcotr, sBIT
  5. Shakhawat Hossain, CEO, NSL

Various programs and MoU’s:

  1. MoU with Tahoe:

An MoU between VTA (an entity of UIU) and Tahoe was signed on 19.12.2018. After the signing of MoU, the CEO of ULKASEMI Mr. Enayetur Rahman and VC of UIU Prof. Chowdhury Mofizur Rahman along with other respectable faculty members of UIU discussed about industry grade training program of Tahoe at UIU. Also the prospects of placing the students abroad was discussed.

MoU signing between VTA and Tahoe

  1. MoU with Holor Technology Inc.:

An MoU between VTA (an entity of UIU) and Holor Technology Inc. was signed on 23.09.2018. The purpose of the MoU was to develop IP through research based activities.

  1. Seminar on “VLSI Development in Bangladesh – Past, Present & Future” :

The seminar was held on 23.09.2018. The prospect of VLSI was described in Bangladesh.

Banner circulated for the seminar

Mitsumasa Tsutsui delivering his speech on the seminar

A group photo taken at the end of the seminar

  1. Open discussion between ULKASEMI and students:

An open discussion with the students was held on 11.10.2018.  Mr. Enayetur Rahman and Aliya Shafquat answered questions asked by the students. They also stated the current needs in VLSI job market in Bangladesh. Finally, they ended the session with some tips for the VLSI job seekers.

Banner circulated for the open discussion

Mr. Enayetur Rahman and Mrs. Aliya Shafquat answering to questions asked by students

  1. Seminar arranged by SBIT :

A seminar was arranged by SBIT on 24.7.2018 promoting the need for industry grade tool for chip design. Mr. Jahangir Dewan explained the necessity for the tool.

Banner circulated for the seminar

  1. MoU with NSL:

An MoU between VTA (an entity of UIU) and NSL (Neural Semiconductor Limited) was signed on 15.1.2018. The purpose of the MoU was to hire trained students from UIU.

  1. Meeting with NSL:

A meeting was held with NSL on 7.1.2018. In that meeting Mr. Shakhawat Hossain gave some suggestions for the VLSI related courses at UIU. He also expressed his interest in working with UIU in developing VLSI job market.  He also proposed for an MoU.

  1. Meeting with PrimeSilicon Technologies:

A meeting was held with PrimeSilicon Technologies on January 2016. Developing IP jointly was proposed in the meeting.

Analog Circuit Design (8 Classes + workshops)

Analog circuit design flow with Cadence Virtuoso. Process starts with modeling, schematic design, simulation and sizing followed by layout, LVS, DRC, RC extraction and delay calculation. Op-amp and amplifiers will be used to learn the flow followed by practical design.

Pre-requisite: Analog Electronics: Electronics – I & II (Mandatory), Analog Integrated Circuits (Not Mandatory)

Instructor: Dr. Md Hasanuzzaman (8 years of design experience in abroad in related field)

Orientation: 9 AM, October 5, 2018, VLSI LAB, 5th Floor, UIU.

Registration deadline: October 5, 2018.

Tentative class dates: To be discussed in class by the Instructor.

Course Fee: 12000 Taka for UIU students. 15000 Taka for Non-UIU students.

Group discount will be available: 2000/= for a group of 5 students.

Workshops will be conducted by Industry Professionals.

Target Group: Graduating and graduates of EEE/CSE who are willing to develop career in Analog IC design based companies like Ulkasemi and Neural Semiconductors in Bangladesh.

Benefits for studying @ VTA

  • Use of Licensed Cadence Tool Suite.
  • Workshops by professionals from the Industry.
  • Access to high-end Linux server
  • Interview preparation

Contact: Dr. Chowdhury (01711437332) & Mr. S. Ahmed (01732580412).

Physical Design (PnR) (8 Classes + workshops)

Physical design flow with Cadence Encounter/Innovus. From Design Import to GDS-II.

Pre-requisite: Analog Electronics: Electronics – I & II (Mandatory), Digital Electronics (Mandatory), VLSI (Mandatory).

Instructor: Salahuddin Ahmed (8+ years experience in abroad in related field)

Orientation: 9 AM, October 5, 2018, VLSI LAB, 5th Floor, UIU.

Registration deadline: October 5, 2018.

Tentative class dates: To be discussed in class by the Instructor.

Course Fee: 12000 Taka for UIU students. 15000 Taka for Non-UIU students.

Group discount will be available: 2000/= for a group of 5 students.

Workshops will be conducted by Industry Professionals.

Target Group: Graduating and graduates of EEE/CSE who are willing to develop career in IC design based companies like Ulkasemi, Prime-silicon LTD and Neural Semiconductors in Bangladesh.

Benefits for studying @ VTA

  • Use of Licensed Cadence Tool Suite.
  • Workshops by professionals from the Industry.
  • Access to high-end Linux server
  • Interview preparation

Contact: Dr. Chowdhury (01711437332) & Mr. S. Ahmed (01732580412).

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