Hello, To all those who have experience as an FPGA engineer... I am a student and I am interested in FPGA related jobs. I am a bit confused on what kind of work an FPGA engineer would do in a semiconductor industry. As per academics, I have designed small block level modules like counters , ALU , shift registers and tested them onto a fpga. As an entry level fgpa engineer what would be expected from me? do i have to design similar blocks? Thanks in advance! :)
Hello. I can answer as a corporate customer. We hire a qualified engs who develop a various types of FPGA-based devices. It can be a simple control modules for automated systems, it can be a difficult math cores for signal processing, image or video recognition, navigation systems for military sector. More types of hardware work with software part on PC or with other type of hardware. Our lead engineers have a good skills in OS (linux) architecture, FPGA arch, interface and drivers. Some developers can design all projects, but some of them works on a small vhdl-code parts. Regards.
from my personal Point of view FPGA is outdated for highly qualifying Jobs, since there are already too many. Prices are going done sind FPGA is tought at any university here companies need only a low number of people the worst thing is the design is more and more outsourced often also to offshore companies- you will have to compete with them in pricing being in your home state, FPGA design is done by third party deliverers and they offer party time employment only. in germany we call them sklaventreiber, which is exageration of course, but most of the electronic design today id performed the outsourced way by some 10 to 20 big suppliers not worth studying anymore
bulgari wrote: > from my personal Point of view FPGA is outdated for highly qualifying > Jobs... > not worth studying anymore Unfortunately I'm also hearing this from my colleagues. What are some hot topics for 'highly qualifying jobs' from your point of view? I've nearly finished my degree and I also focused on Digital Design (FPGAs, architecture, communication, HW+SW codesign, RTL, high level stuff with SystemC) like op and minored in stuff like signal and image processing/controls. Everytime I'm looking for a suitable company, they are either looking for software people (high level stuff) or strictly for analogue guys. My colleagues who have a degree in computer science have an much easier time. With recent topics like AI, Machine Learning, Cryptography and a proper focus someone can earn big money right from the beginning and you have a lot of options regarding companies. I also think VHDL and manual optimization will die out, since everyone is pushing for High-level synthesis and bigger FPGAs will get more common and cheaper with more mature manufacturing processes (<14nm). Well there's antoher option, just try to get a job at Intel,AMD,Nvidia :/