I circuits and systems for futuristic applications. I am

I
believe that graduate studies at a world class institution like University of
California San Diego is crucial to realize my ambition of designing robust
futuristic applications and will act as a major step towards my preparation for
a doctoral program. UCSD is at the forefront of innovation and also has the
best discipline that matches my goal. I look forward to becoming a part of VLSI
group at University of California San Diego.

As a second choice, I am also
interested in “Electronic Circuits and Systems”, which includes many fields
from my career at Microchip Technology such as analog mixed signal integrated
circuit design, as well as other areas like Radio Frequency Nano-Electro
Mechanical Systems. Therefore an advanced degree in this field will increase my
understanding, enable me to design applications more efficiently and contribute
significantly to the on-going university research.

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While my term in
Microchip was showing a great learning curve, personal reasons compelled me to resign my job and relocate
to San Diego, California. Due to subsequent maternal obligations, I spent the
last three years dedicated to personal life. At this stage, I am stimulated to
enrich my knowledge, to gain understanding of the latest in VLSI and to explore
new ways to design modern VLSI systems in the gigascale era. I seek to further
delve into research and development and aspire to be a R&D VLSI engineer
utilizing my expertise and technical knowledge. The Master of Science program
in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSD with emphasis on “Computer Engineering”
is the perfect match for my career aspirations, as it is research oriented and
intended to provide intensive technical preparation for R&D. An in-depth
knowledge in diverse fields of research like ASIC design, hardware software
co-design and synthesis methodologies in VLSI CAD will help me achieve my
ultimate goal of designing circuits and systems for futuristic applications. I
am particularly keen on Prof. Lin’s ongoing research on high performance,
energy efficient, programmable VLSI architectures and look forward to learning
from him. I
am also interested in learning asynchronous design methodologies for building
modular lower power systems and very curious on understanding current research
on the application of analog VLSI to neural computing.

Such
has been my journey that on one hand I have the honor of being an active
volunteer in the organizing committee of workshops and conferences held in my
college and on the other, I have the credit of standing first in my class and
being applauded for the same. My illustrious tenure in Amrita secured me seventh rank for M.Tech at the
university level. Further I was fortunate to join Microchip Technology as full
chip analog verification engineer in the 16-bit microcontroller division, where
my deep-rooted interest in VLSI and logical programming ability facilitated
extraordinary performance, illustrated by the first pass silicon success of the
high performance Digital Signal Controller project that I verified
exhaustively. My ability to complete tasks rapidly and impeccably allowed me to
progress through various phases of full chip analog verification such as development
of verification plan for a chip, electrical rule checks, equivalence check of
critical macros, sub system simulations to verify functionality and connectivity,
power ramp up/down simulations and current consumption of the chip during power
down modes. I also took this opportunity to learn about a number of complex analog
modules and familiarize with their design in less than two years. Moreover, I
developed technical expertise in many industrial tools such as Cadence Virtuoso,
Cadence Spectre AMS Designer, Hspice, Finesim, Synopsys VCS, Modelsim,
Insight Analyser and StarvisionPro. I worked extensively with other teams on new
methodologies and methodology improvements, delivered presentations to the
global team, proving myself as a team player.