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8/8/2014 01:00 AM EDT
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Jessica Lipsky
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Jessica Lipsky   8/8/2014 11:16:09 AM
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Seems like American universities are playing catch-up here, with realignment of many EE programs (see this article on EE titles of the future to learn more about how unis are changing their game: http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1321315).

 

Schools are often combinging electrical engineering and computer science, and putting hardware in students' hands much earlier. 

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C VanDorne   8/8/2014 2:20:03 PM
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They're kicking our butts, eh?

Sorry.  Irresistable.  :)

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R_Colin_Johnson   8/8/2014 4:00:37 PM
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There's a shortage of chip designers worldwide, but only Canada has an institution aime at giving every new Ph.D. graduate the kind of experience it takes graduates from most other universitites a couple of years to acquire on-the-job.

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Dead-end jobs?
perl_geek   8/8/2014 5:00:34 PM
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How many chip design jobs are there in the world, and how many potential employers?  Most readers of this site could probably list them all in a few minutes.

Is it responsible to encourage young people to invest years of study in such a specialised field with so few places to employ their expertise?

 

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C VanDorne   8/8/2014 5:32:04 PM
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@peri,

What's that you've got there?!  Market analysis driving your commen sense line questioning?!  You oughta know by now there's no place for that these days.

Overly cynicial?  Maybe, but that's a good question.

_hm
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Investment in future
_hm   8/8/2014 6:40:51 PM
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Investment in future of country is always good idea. Good work.

zbo
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zbo   8/10/2014 12:34:32 AM
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great, so now eetimes is censoring and deleting user comments.

Everything still stands. This is a cool full page ad for CMC. Yes it's doing a great thing for students. On another note, there are really no semiconductor companies in Canada. The ones that existed are either dead or only hire software people.

Nortel - dead

PMC-Sierra - almost dead

JDS Uniphase: Dead.

ATI (acquired by AMD): almost dead.

Broadcom - only software

Qualcomm Athereos is the only one really.

 

The comment probably got deleted because I named specific companies, which likely are sponsors to this site.

zbo
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zbo   8/10/2014 12:36:12 AM
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and yes, just to add to that, most Canadian engineers doing ASICs have moved down to the US for work.

 

It's a lot to have a chip design company, unlike the US that can exploit visa workers for low salaries, companies in Canada actually need to pay something called taxes

_hm
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_hm   8/10/2014 5:15:12 AM
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@zbo: Canada is a great lovely country with most amazing and lovable people. Why not appreciate Canada? And especially when or if you have imbibed so much from Canada, you must owe them her kind words in return. 

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Thoughts on the future
perl_geek   8/10/2014 2:05:40 PM
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This SF writer's view of the future seems relevant to this topic

Charlie Stross - ‎Keynote‎ at YAPC::NA 2014 (The site won't let me include the link to YouTube.)

 

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