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Author: MONAL THORAT (Company: student) (mo7)
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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! :)

Author: ilia_2s (Guest)
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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.

Author: bulgari (Guest)
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from my personal Point of view FPGA is outdated for highly qualifying 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

Author: Bean (Guest)
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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 from my personal Point of view FPGA is outdated for highly qualifying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 
:/

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