Wim, Analog Designer

Wim, Analog Designer

Wim joined the company in 2013 after completing a master’s degree in applied science and engineering with a focus on integrated electronics. He studied at the KU Leuven and based his thesis on GHz radio techniques exploiting a 45nm CMOS process. In 2012, Wim’s first work experience came from a three month summer placement as a lab technician at NXP.

 

WHAT INSPIRED YOUR INTEREST IN IC DESIGN?

I got into design through my interest in electronic music. I build a number of projects including amplifiers and musical effects boxes. A lot of my earliest understandings came from the many on-line resources I read. These days, my horizons have expanded and I look to learn from whoever I can, including from my colleagues as well as from respected sources such as the IEEE.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT DESIGN FOCUS?

I am working on a test chip that stretches the boundaries of what is possible in an integrated, high voltage IC design. The module needs to combine a precision sampling ADC structure with the ability to handle high current pulses on chip. It’s a real challenge and one I’m enjoying immensely as I am learning so much.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ICSENSE?

The flat organisational structure and the open work environment attracted me initially. It was clear that ICsense could help me grow into a professional designer. From the start, I had a strong sense that this is a company that would give me the ‘oxygen’ to further ignite my design passions. The other thing that stood out was communication. It is a deliberate virtue here. Furthermore, the day to day business is well planned. To me, that’s testament to the company’s great management.

WHAT STANDS OUT ABOUT ICSENSE AS AN EMPLOYER?

I like the fact that there’s a lot of innovative activity going on all around me, there’s plenty of chances to get involved and grow my skills. What’s more, it is a safe environment, one that promotes taking the next learning steps. I feel fully able to participate, even if sometimes my hunches turn out to be wrong.

WHAT IS YOUR TYPICAL WORK DAY LIKE?

I am still learning a lot and so far, I have been focussed on finding solutions to well defined system problems. I have spent a lot of time researching specific circuit elements especially in the fields of DC/DC power conversion and data conversion. This work is giving me a really detailed understanding of the performance trade-offs that have to be made to fit in with a customer’s high level specification requirements. Its work that will serve me well in the years to come.

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