In digital circuit design, register-transfer level (RTL) is a design abstraction that models a synchronous digital circuit in terms of the flow of digital signals (data) between hardware registers, and the logical operations performed on those signals. Design at the RTL level is typical practice in modern digital design.
In the current scenario, RTL designing is the most in-demand skillset in the VLSI industry. RTL design engineer jobs can be a great career for your growth. Having a good knowledge about RTL designing can cater to a nice profile in big VLSI companies.
Nature of RTL Design Engineer Job
Nature of work includes RTL Coding using Verilog/System Verilog, RTL integration which involves writing glue logic, tool intensive works mainly on Linting, CDC (clock domain crossing) checks on a daily basis. Some roles include Synthesis, STA (Static Timing Analysis), LEC (logical equivalence checks) tasks as well.
A list of some Lint, CDC Tools used in the VLSI industry is given below.
- Spyglass from Synopsys
- JasperGold from Cadence
- Mentor Graphics (inbuilt with HDL Designer)
- Alint Pro from Aldec
Scope of RTL Design Engineer job
There are several big MNC companies and as well as service companies, new startups that have set up their companies in Bangalore. Companies like Intel, Qualcomm, Nvidia, Broadcom, etc are doing their full product designing in Bangalore and hence there are plenty of opportunities available for RTL design engineers jobs. In these companies, you will have good growth over time concerning career, money, and challenges.
Who all can opt for RTL Design Job
- Students from B.Tech background (ECE, EEE, Telecom, Instrumentation..etc)
- Students from M.Tech background (embedded, VLSI, Power Electronics, Digital communication..etc)
- FPGA Design Engineers who would like to switch to ASIC for career growth
- People from non-VLSI industries like IT, electronics, teaching, etc who would like to switch to VLSI for career growth
Beginning Package & Profile
At the start of your RTL design engineer job, you can expect a salary of up to 3.6 lacs to 12 lacs per annum in VLSI service or product companies. This package is almost consistent but can vary due to certain urgent requirements and the quality of the candidate.
Top Companies Hiring for RTL Design
- Texas Instruments
- Analog Device Inc.
- HCL Technologies
- Cerium Systems (Tech Mahindra)
To kick start your career in the VLSI industry and have an in-depth knowledge of RTL design several VLSI teaching institutes are giving online courses for the same you can enroll in those courses and get yourself certified.