So, You Want to be a Chip Designer?
Readers: I need your help! A young graduate has approached me with basic questions about a career in the chip design profession, e.g., needed skills, most popular tools/programs, list of books that provide a good introduction to the field and more (see below). While I have my own answers to these questions, I’m sure this future chip designer would greatly benefit from your answers as well. Thx, all! – John Blyler, EiC
November 7, 2008: Hi Mr. Blyler. I have some questions about becoming a chip designer. I know that you are very busy man but I think you can point me on the right direction. I have a BS in Math: Computer Science. On December I’ll finish as second BS in Electrical Engineer from the same university and for the last 4 years I have work as a Systems Administrator for a medical science group on the university.
I would like to start a career as a chip designer but don’t know where to start. I have look at job description for this career at Intel and AMD but they ask for lots of experience (which I don’t have). My Engineering degree is more based on power and control design. I know that many of this material are discussed at a Masters Degree level, but I was wondering if I could something in this field with my current education?
I would also like to know:
> What skill can help on this field? (I already know C/ C++)
> Any books you suggest I could read? (Please keep in mind I don’t have much knowledge on this field)
> Which jobs I should be looking for to obtain experience from?
> Which tools and programs I should know?
I really appreciate you help with this and give my thanks to you in advance.