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Re: Unrealistic expectations
photonic   6/11/2014 6:30:53 PM
A very bad idea is to hire a well educated engineer and have him/her do the same thing for 40 years.

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I hope the answer is too few...
kcarreon   6/11/2014 6:15:04 PM
I hope the answer is too few... I'm a student concentrating in analog and started working in the semiconductor industry concurrently a few months ago. A lot of my coworkers recall when the industry was booming... YEARS ago! Someone even told me "I don't recommend becoming a design engineer. There's too many of them and they're the first to get laid off." Yikes.

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Unrealistic expectations
Bert22306   6/11/2014 5:28:02 PM
Sorry, I don't buy most of this. I remember being really annoyed early on in my career, when I heard managers over-specifying the skill set that diffrent types of engineers have. It's not right, it doesn't or shouldn't work that way, so forgive me for not seeing the problem here, except for one being created by the hiring managers themselves.

Ultimately, engineers have to mold themselves into whatever job they do. And more than that, any engineer who has worked for more than a handful of years MUST have noticed that even if they haven't changed jobs, their own work has changed over time.

Ultimately, analog design is part of digital design, for engineers actually involved in designing the circuits, even if in silicon. I can't see a problem here. Even if an engineer worked only with discrete components previously, why this urge to pigeon-hole? You simply update your skills, and the company shouldn't assume otherwise.

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Re: Analog Engineer Opportunities
kmperham   6/11/2014 4:20:46 PM
As a chip business, we see those challenges now.

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Re: Analog Engineer Opportunities
goafrit   6/11/2014 4:19:24 PM
Really too few. It is hard to find them. Everyone likes to make apps and websites because investors love them. You get those big valuations and fast exits in months and not years. Also, analog seems hard for modern students. The fact you cannot automate it makes it not cool. So, we are not filing the pipelines well and as the legends retire, we may have challenges in the industry.

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Analog Engineer Opportunities
kmperham   6/11/2014 3:27:33 PM
We are looking for analog engineers and frankly, find that the pool is shrinking. At least in our area.

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As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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