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Hugo:

From other companies, of course, and from colleges and universities. Many universities have industrial liaison programs to present their research projects to industry. Often EDA companies fund the research and hire graduate students as interns.

We hire quite a few new college graduates—usually former interns. We maintain contacts with several leading universities which are very active in EDA research. Most of these have strong industry relationships as well.

These universities are involved in EDA research, and their professors consult to the industry. Many EDA companies have technical advisory boards that meet regularly. They review the research products and technical direction of the company. Their input is critical to the company for future direction and to avoid noncompetitive products.

Internship benefits the student in learning how the real world works. It also provides low-cost expertise for the company. Many student interns return to work full-time and can contribute immediately with little learning delays. I can give you a list of some universities with which we work.

The list includes:

  • Carnegie Mellon University

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Princeton University

  • Stanford University

  • University of California at Berkeley

  • University of California at Los Angeles

  • University of California at San Diego

  • University of Illinois at Urbana

  • University of Texas at Austin

  • And many others.

Many EDA companies (and large ASIC and FPGA vendors) provide lowcost licenses and training to universities. Vendors want the students to become familiar with their product. The students are more likely to use it at work later if the product is familiar. And their companies like the shorter learning time.

(Appendix E has websites and other information on these universities.)

Nora:

Thanks, Hugo. Now I have a better appreciation of our EDA customers' problems.

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