'We hire based on the complexity of work'

Aug 15 2011, 03:36 IST
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SummaryHaving acquired several technology companies with an India focus in recent years, California-based Synopsys is expressly upbeat about the quality of R&D work coming out of its India operations.

Having acquired several technology companies with an India focus in recent years, California-based Synopsys is expressly upbeat about the quality of R&D work coming out of its India operations. “India has a really sophisticated design expertise,” says Chi-Foon Chan, president and chief operating officer of Synopsys. Synopsys is engaged in providing technology solutions used to develop electronics and electronic systems. It supplies the electronic design automation (EDA) software that engineers use to design, create prototypes for and test integrated circuits, also known as chips. It also supplies software and hardware used to develop the systems that incorporate integrated circuits and the software that runs on those integrated circuits.

Synopsys India (SI) is a world-class R&D centre of Synopsys Inc. The company has presence in three cities namely Bangalore, Hyderabad and Noida. In a conversation with Shreya Roy, Chan talks about the company’s expansion plans, further acquisitions, collaborations with academia, and the quality of design talent available here. Excerpts:

What is the contribution of Synopsys’ Indian operations in your global R&D?

India has a really sophisticated design expertise. It has evolved from just a support function into being the leading design team in the world for Synopsys. It started very small here, almost 15 years ago, and now there are close to 1,500 people across three centres, with a lot of R&D and customer support. In the last few years, we have acquired quite a few companies, which have a significant percentage of their work in India. In 12 months, we acquired a company called CoWare, which has a facility in Noida. We also acquired a company called Virage Logic, which also has a facility in Noida. They are all design tool companies.

You mentioned India has a sophisticated design team. How would you rate graduating engineers here? Do you find that they meet global standards?

We tend to focus on the tier I universities, and some very good tier II colleges. After that of course, there is a lot of internal training, spending time with scientists in the US. And there is of course some targeted lateral hiring that happens. However, of the150,000 engineers who graduate every year, a very small percentage is actually employable for us straight out of school.

Compared to other more developed environments, what would you say is the diffe-rence in India?

Students graduating here are not completely ready because there is not a lot of interaction with the industry. Generally, they

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