Semiconductor basics: IIT Bombay offers IC manufacturing course
In today's world most of the common IC chips are made
up of silicon semiconductor material. Though many engineers
have learned the physics and applications of VLSI IC chips
in colleges. They are not exposed to semiconductor IC manufacturing.
The silicon-material-making and using the silicon for making
billions of nano-devices is a complex process using expensive
equipment. Only few institutes/colleges have a mini-fab
to teach how to make semiconductor chips. One such institute
in India is Indian Institute of Technology Bombay(IITB).
IITB in collaboration with leading semiconductor equipment
maker Applied Materials is offering 7-day long course in
semiconductor IC chip manufacturing.
With India expecting couple of semiconductor fabs, there
is immediate need of work-force with semiconductor fab skills.
India is moving into electronics manufacturing in a big
way, the reason is huge consumption of electronics. As per
a study by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry
of India and Frost & Sullivan the Indian electronics consumption
will grow to US$ 400 billion by 2020 and if the industry’s
manufacturing rate does not improve, it would be able to
produce only 20% of the projected requirement. The study
indicated that it is critical to develop a skilled workforce
to meet the high demand for manufacturing electronic devices.
So there are plenty of jobs going to be created in semiconductor
"The new program synergizes with the efforts of Department
of Electronics and IT, Government of India, to promote electronics
system design and manufacturing, and specifically to set
up semiconductor wafer fabs in the country. The program
addresses a felt need as it will be the first step to develop
human resources for the fab industry in the country. I congratulate
IIT Bombay for having taken the lead in setting up the certificate
training program and thank Applied Materials for the support
provided in this direction. I wish the program all success."
said Dr. Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Electronics
and Information Technology, Government of India.
“IIT Bombay has strong research, development and education
initiatives in the area of semiconductor technology to support
semiconductor manufacturing in India. Training a specialized
workforce for such an industry is an important priority.
The Semiconductor Technology and Manufacturing Certification
Course is a result of IITB and Applied Materials’ long-standing
relationship in the area of research collaboration and is
a fine example of industry and academia working together
to help build a strong talent pool for the high-tech industry,”
said Professor Devang Khakhar, Director, IIT Bombay.
Dr. Omkaram Nalamasu, Chief Technology Officer, Applied
Materials, said, “Concerted efforts by the Government of
India, research and educational institutions and industry
are needed to make semiconductor manufacturing a sustainable
reality in India. The Indian government is enabling the
creation of an ecosystem that will promote research in nano-electronics
to drive expertise and competence in these fields. The Semiconductor
Technology and Manufacturing Certification Course is the
first of its kind in India and is a significant milestone
in the continued effort by IIT Bombay and Applied Materials
to develop an Indian semiconductor ecosystem.”
This 1-week IC chip making course from IITB to cover VLSI
semiconductor technologies, processes and the basic concepts
of microelectronics manufacturing with hands-on training
on semiconductor equipment from Applied Materials. The IITB
faculty members and experts from Applied Materials to provide
Continued Education Programme (CEP) certificate are awarded
by IITB for the successfully completed candidates.
If you need to get familiar with semiconductor basics such
as silicon converting into chip, we suggest you to watch
two videos to learn VLSI chip making basics.
The two video are available at:
How do they Make Semiconductors? at
Factory tour of IC manufacturing at:
To brush up your theoretical knowledge on semiconductor
physics read the pdf file from Dinesh Sharma, Microelectronics
group, EE Department, IIT Bombay at
The last date to apply for the course by IITB is 19th October
More details available at www.iitb.ac.in/~cep/
and brochure at http://www.iitb.ac.in/~cep/brochures/2012/slodha-bro-12.pdf