"As a small company we really can offer an exposure to every aspect of the semiconductor design business."

EDA Solutions

EDA Solutions

Our Scholarships

Placement location Type of Placements Offered Restrictions/Notes
Fareham, Hampshire

Any placements

* (1) Requires 12-month placement for 2021/22; (2) No first year students

2020/21 Scholarships

One new scholarship

Who we are and what we do

EDA Solutions are a small but well known supplier of Electronic Design Automation software used for designing silicon chips. We have a close knit team who work together well to support our many hundreds of happy customers around Europe. As a small company we really can offer an exposure to every aspect of the semiconductor design business.

What you could be doing during your work placement

On a student placement at EDA Solutions you will work with our international customers, foundries and internal engineers in supporting our customers in their design and development of microchips for a wide variety of applications. These can include everything from mobile phone or PC devices, to automotive, aerospace and even space applications, as well as advanced technologies like polymer electronics and nanotechnology.

During your time with us you will learn about microelectronic design and manufacture, develop your team working and project management skills, and gain an appreciation of working in a competitive business environment. You will also develop a good understanding of design tools, methodologies and working practices, invaluable in finding your first job after graduation.

Meet one of our UKESF Scholars

University of Manchester
Degree Course:
MEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering

What appeals to me about Electronics

Electronics is simply everywhere; it makes the world move nowadays, and it seems to work like magic for young minds. Since I was a child, I have been very curious about everything surrounding me. Learning and understanding what moves the world is something that I find fascinating. When I was a child, I got two electronics kits for Christmas, and I just wanted to experiment and see all the possible ways of making those devices run. At school, Technology- and Physics-related subjects were my favourites and, after my first year of high school, I had it clear that I wanted to become an Electrical Engineer, so that I could learn how to move the world too.

Why I chose EDA Solutions

The main reason for accepting the scholarship with EDA Solutions is that I felt that a small company with less than 15 employees would give me a broader picture of all the options available in this industry for me in the future. Furthermore, it is a partner of Mentor Graphics, a Siemens Business, a company which is widely known in the industry. Here we distribute industry-standard CAD tools such as Tanner Tools and Calibre (and many more), used for IC, photonics, mixed signals, etc. design and verification. I have been positively surprised by how everyone has treated me as full-time employee and how they have helped me become part of the team fast.

My work and responsibilities

While working at EDA Solutions, I have become part of the Support team. I have learnt the different types of tools that we distribute, which are also widely used by Electronics Design Engineers worldwide, and how to work with all of them. I have received intensive training on the flows and how everything links to everything else in this industry, from starting to develop an IC chip to its final stages in the foundry, going through schematic, simulation, layout, verification, etc. This has been very interesting because I have been able to see how the circuits I have learnt at university are developed in ICs, but it has also been very helpful because it will allow me in the future to have a fast-track to the Electronics industry.

My interests

Outside working and university hours, I enjoy swimming (I was part of the swimming team at university) but also watching some Netflix or technology videos on YouTube. I also like programming and discovering new things. I know C, C++, Python, and LabVIEW (I am CLAD certified), I have used VHDL and MATLAB, and I am learning C# and JavaScript (among others)! I have also recently taken up on a great interest in Systems and Linux environments, since I have been able to manage the Linux Server that we have for our CAD tools in the office.

Meet one of our Engineers

Name: Henry

Job Title: Technical Support Engineer

What appeals to me about Electronics

My interest in Electronics extends from my interest Physics, Maths and my intrigue into how the electronic devices around me worked. I grew up with an Electronics Design Engineer for a parent and found it fascinating to learn how designers solved different problems and the physical principles behind both the problem and the solutions. A-level Electronics strengthened my interest as the practical implantation of my interest in Physics and Maths; this allowed me to understand and design circuits/systems which solve challenges in our modern world. The industry is continually providing new challenges in design in the never-ending quest for smaller form factors, better performance and more features.

Why I chose EDA

I initially joined EDA Solutions on a UKESF Scholarship. I chose them because they are a company that provides support for full flow industry standard Mentor-Graphics/Tanner ASIC and MEMs software design tools. The company offered a good opportunity to become a key part of a small application engineer team; this would enable me to gain experience and knowledge across the start the start to finish of ASIC design flow, using industry standard tools, and to gain a great commercial awareness of the industry through direct interaction with customers. Having recently graduated, and having enjoyed my internship with them so much, I have re-joined EDA to start my career in Microelectronics.

The type of work I have been involved with

My role as an Application Engineer is to work directly with all our customers in Europe, to quickly assist them with their EDA tools design environments whenever any problems arise in any part of their flow. I also write C++ and TCL script to add tool functionality and quality assure the deployment of process design kit libraries, which customers use for schematic entry, silicon layout, verification and tape out to a foundry for fabrication. Additionally, I have been given opportunities to travel to different countries for technical training, and mentor a school team through the Go4SET challenge. For me, this work has been invaluable chance to improve my communication, knowledge and experience competencies within the industry.

My interests

My interests include hobby electronics and riding my bike. During the internship, I liked to cycle to work and do weekend bike rides. I also have also a keen interest in flying, clocking over 15hrs of flight time across different aircraft types and I have completed a gliding scholarship scheme.