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The Silicon Review Asia

An Interview with B Sridhar, known as Kadhalsri in the VLSI industry, Nanolitho Technologies Private Limited Founder: ‘We’re Progressing on our Vision by Partnering with Institutions in Imparting RF& Analog Mixed Signal VLSI Design Skills and Developing Skilled Man Power’

The Silicon Review
September, 2019

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Silicon Valley, the heartland of America’s technology industry, takes its name from the chemical element that is the most important ingredient in microchips. Most of the attention it now attracts is directed at companies such as Facebook, Google and Apple, which are better known for their software and nifty devices rather than the chips that make them work. But it was in the Valley in the 1950s and 1960s where inventions like the transistor and the integrated circuit were refined, helping to transform computers from unreliable machines the size of a room into dependable devices that fit neatly into pockets. That, in turn, enabled the technology titans of today to prosper. Modern microchips are now embedded into everything from cars and washing machines to fighter planes.

In light of the foregoing, we’re thrilled to present Nanolitho Technologies Private Limited.

Nanolitho Technologies is an ethical company focusing on layout design services. It’s committed to delivering quality assured deliverables (in all services) to its customers.

The company was incorporated in 2016 and is headquartered in Bengaluru. It has an incubation centre located in Kovilpatti, TamilNadu.

B Sridhar, Nanolitho Technologies Private Limited Founder, spoke exclusively to The Silicon Review. Below is an excerpt.

Q. Can you brief us about the history of your company?

Our company was setup three years ago with an employee count of two and now we have grown to double-digit. We have served MNCs such as IBM, Texas Instruments, and many more and are set to continue to serve such enterprises.

Q. There is nothing more important for a successful small business than a well-defined mission and vision statements. Can you explain your M&V statements in brief?

Our vision is to be the company that best understands and provides high quality, cost-effective and value-added design solutions to the customers in Custom RF, Memory & Analog Mixed Signal VLSI Design.

Our mission: We are progressing on our vision by partnering with institutions in imparting RF & Analog Mixed Signal VLSI Design skills and developing skilled manpower.

Q. What were the biggest initial hurdles to building your business and how did you overcome them?

The biggest obstacles to building our business during the initial days were time and money – how to balance the two. The equation between the two had to be taken care of. I managed the time part by working late nights and the capital part by taking help from my family and friends. As of now, we are on the right track moving with better speed.

Q. What other business leaders do you look up to and why?

I always look up to the leaders who fail, because the successful ones believe that it happened naturally. The entrepreneurs who fail and bounce back have a lot to share. That said, I will be aware of the mistakes they committed and it will be feasible for me to avoid those mistakes while marching towards success.

Q. What do you think is the most memorable moment in your career?

In our technical journey, we had hit many obstacles which many thought were impossible to overcome. Although, with our determination and consistency, we always found solutions to those problems; such instances became memorable moments of my career.

Q. What do you hope to accomplish in the long run?

We seek to build Nanolitho as a job-creating-machine and lessons-learning-venue for both technical and life. That’s what we want to accomplish in the long run.

B Sridhar: An Aspiring Leader

B Sridhar was born in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. He completed his degree in PSG CAS, Coimbatore. He is the Principal Engineer/Manager and founder of Nanolitho technologies. Sridhar has an experience of over 20 years in custom RF & Analog Layout Design including complex SOC, where he taped out over 50 full custom chip layouts. He has handled layouts, whose frequency ranges from DC to 80GHz. In addition to Layouts, his expertise includes verification methodologies, Assembly rule Checking, Packaging, creating Pcells and programming in SKILL and DIVA.

Sridhar started his career with Texas Instruments where he worked for about 14 years and has worked with Qualcomm too. He is known for training people and mentoring them in the RF/Analog layout domain.

"Our vision is to be the company that best understands and provides high quality, cost-effective and value-added design solutions to the customers in Custom RF, Memory & Analog Mixed Signal VLSI Design.”

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