The OpenROAD Project and UCSC Extension are working together to bring the leading open source Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools from OpenROAD to UCSC’s popular extension program. This program offers extensive outreach from industry and to student enthusiasts who seek to enhance their skill sets in high-demand areas of semiconductors and other critical technologies.

These offerings provide significant value to a large community of students, hardware designers and increasingly younger VLSI learners. Open source technologies are rapidly becoming mainstream and are now an important part of the semiconductor design industry and ecosystem. These initiatives will bridge the talent gap that is a major challenge to the chip industry.

The UCSC Extension campus will host OpenROAD at the career and internship fair on September 29, 2022. See details here:

Students will have an opportunity to learn more about OpenROAD firsthand. 

UCSC Extension has incorporated OpenROAD based VLSI design tools in the following key domains of IC design:

Guest lectures are planned from September 26 to November 9 on these tracks. Industry experts offer these courses to bring both their industry experience and the latest advances in VLSI technologies.

A full physical design workshop will be offered in December 2022 that will describe in detail the use of OpenROAD in a digital design flow. Refer to this link for details on OpenROAD’s flow capabilities and usage:

 Watch this space for further details: