As an electrical engineer focusing on digital VLSI design jobs what are the critical design skills that one should know (like FSM, FIFO design techniques what else)?

  • Clock and reset strategy: gating, async/sync reset, synchronization (metastability), … .
  • Mathematical operators, add, substract, multiply, divide and the HW inferred. Relationship between area, power and speed. Signed versus unsigned.
  • Inferred versus instanced.
  • Single port/dual port synchronous memory access.
  • Pipelining.
  • Basics of on-chip bus protocols, like amba (APB, AHB, AXI). Master, slave, register map. arbitration, DMA.


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