VLSI Question and answers
Another new year has arrived and it is time to commit towards New Year Resolutions and to introspect and evaluate learning from last year’s resolutions.
Last year around same time, I was in the middle of writing my book and pushing towards completion. Some where in between I came across this interesting New Year Resolution quote.
Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one
— Brad Paisley
The more you think about this quote, you can find deeper meaning and derive lot of inspiration to strive for your best — Begin fresh and work towards your goals and self-improvement through disciplined hard work — every day of the year — 365 days
I rather took the quote to its literal meaning as a goal last new year. That was a time when I had just discovered Quora. Quora is a social knowledge network with a growing collection of Questions and Answers . It stands apart from all other Q&A platforms in terms of high quality content and well thought answers and discussions from experts in almost every topic that you can think of . The best part of Quora is that it is a platform that supports quality knowledge sharing through in-depth answers as well as social networking (by following topics and people, messaging, voting and commenting).
Experience of Writing – 365 days
Today a year has passed and I have finished writing 365 answers on Quora. These are spread across 20+ topics – VLSI, Semiconductors, ASIC/Chip design, Computer Architecture, verification and other related topics, Job search, Career guidance, online teaching etc. That is an average of writing one in-depth answer every day – contributing to a pool of VLSI Question and answers
What started off as a small effort to writing turned out to be very rewarding in terms of benefits. The social networking stats at end of the year was — 1.1 K followers, 342 K views on answers, 2.42 K up-votes. Also this helped to gain the Most viewed Writer tag for more than 20 topics. However more than the numbers, what was more satisfying was the inflow of personal messages from several students/engineers and being able to help them through some means or other.
What I learned from writing 365 answers?
Learning to write is learning to think. You don’t know anything clearly unless you can state it in writing – S.I. Hayakawa
This quote sums up the biggest learning. The answers to most of the questions asked in my topics of expertise on Quora was there in my mind. However, when I started, I just could not write it down well. It took me some good amount of time to read, think and learn before answering in depth. This indirectly helped in improving my reading habit and overall knowledge.
There was a good chance of me giving up after writing the first 20 or 30 answers as this was neither my primary job nor gave me any instant rewards. Most of those initial answers were written badly and did not receive any attention. However consistent and persistent efforts to improve helped and after more than 100+ answers, I could feel that people are finding value from my answers. From then it was a much easier and fun journey of learning through writing.
When an answer gets accepted by a reader in terms of comments, up-votes and follow up questions or messages, it provided me the biggest satisfaction and motivation to write more.
Summarizing Top answers written in 2016:
Out of the 365 answers, here are the top 30 answers and 3 blog posts organized across 7 categories – in terms of most views, up-votes, comments, and share.
Read on if you have missed any of those as you step into another year of learning
VLSI Career Related
- Ramdas Mozhikunnath’s answer to Is VLSI/SoC design or architecture better than verification?
- Ramdas Mozhikunnath’s answer to What are the latest research topics in VLSI (ECE) for M.Tech?
- Ramdas Mozhikunnath’s answer to How is the life of an ECE engineer working in a core company?
- Ramdas Mozhikunnath’s answer to What are must-know things for a chip designer?
- Ramdas Mozhikunnath’s answer to Which are the most money-making jobs in the VLSI industry?
- Ramdas Mozhikunnath’s answer to What is the difference between a VLSI frontend engineer and Backend engineer and who has more bright future?
- Ramdas Mozhikunnath’s answer to Why the knowledge of computer architecture is required for VLSI engineer?
Jobs, Interviews and Preparation
Courses, Resources for Learning
VLSI /Semiconductor Technology , Computer Architecture
Verification and Validation
Thank you and feel free to reach out for more questions and more learning in the new year 2017
Also read my other blog posts – Blogs: Verification Excellence