The boom in networking and telecommunications has been an unqualified blessing for the makers of programmable-logic devices. Despite a slowdown last year in the market for PLDs, experts say the sector is headed for double-digit growth in the near future.
Among the leaders in PLDs, Lattice Semiconductor Corp. (Hillsboro, Ore.) is "in constant need of qualified individuals to fulfill our technical requirements," said Terry Dols, director of human resources for Lattice. In fact, Lattice plans this year to add more than the 70 engineers it hired last year.
The fabless Lattice does hire new college grads for its graduate training program a one-year rotation through four areas of the company's business. But the company really wants more-seasoned candidates. "Ideally we'd like to hire people with three to five years' experience so they can hit the ground running," Dols said.
Lattice has a bundle of positions throughout its operations, chiefly in Hillsboro and Milpitas, Calif.
For example, the company has two openings for test engineers with C and logic-simulation skills; a pair of slots for software engineers in Milpitas; and, at a higher level, an opening in Hillsboro for a device engineer with a master's or doctoral degree to develop advanced submicron, non-volatile memories.
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) has a number of programmable-logic positions. It needs a design engineer at the senior level for its Nashua, N.H., outpost. The company has space for layout designers and CAD engineers in Austin, Texas, and it has a senior software engineering opening in Beaverton, Ore.
Xilinx Inc. has several positions in San Jose, Calif., and Boulder, Colo. In CPLD, Xilinx has three slots in California for experienced software and applications engineers.
If working for a dedicated-logic-device maker sounds less appealing than simply making PLDs, a wide range of businesses need help in the field. Lockheed Martin Launching Systems in Baltimore is looking for an electronic-design engineer with programmable-logic experience. Honeywell in Albuquerque has room for a hardware-design engineer at its Defense Avionics System. Philips Semiconductors has an opening for a senior multimedia chip-set architect. And Wavetek, in Indianapolis, needs a senior digital engineer in test and management systems for its wireless-communications and CATV unit.