Friday, July 30, 2010

IEEE SCV EDS: upcoming talks

Aug 10th
3-D ICs: Motivation, Performance Analysis, Technology and Applications
Dr. Krishna Saraswat, IEEE Fellow

Sept 14th
LDMOS - Technology and Applications
Shekar Mallikarjunaswamy, Alpha Omega Semiconductor

Oct 12th
Is it the End of the Road for Silicon in Power Management?
Dr. Alex Lidow, CEO Efficient Power Conversion Corporation

For details visit

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

30 free programming eBooks [UPDATED]

Software engineering is an important element of the compact/spice modeling. Learning a new programming language always is fun and there are many great books legally available for free online. Here’s a selection of 30 of them:

How to Desing Programs
Let Over Lambda
On Lisp
Practical Common Lisp
Programming in Emacs Lisp
Programming Languages. Application and Interpretation (suggested by Alex Ott)
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
Teach Yourself Scheme in Fixnum Days
Visual LISP Developer’s Bible (suggested by skatterbrainz)

Data Structures and Algorithms with Object-Oriented Design Patterns in Ruby
Learn to Program
MacRuby: The Definitive Guide
Mr. Neighborly’s Humble Little Ruby Book (suggested by @tundal45)
Programming Ruby
Ruby Best Practices
Ruby on Rails Tutorial Book (suggested by @tundal45)

Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
Eloquent Javascript
jQuery Fundamentals

Learn You a Haskell for Great Good
Real World Haskell

Concurrent Programming in Erlang
Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good

Dive into Python
How to Think Like a Computer Scientist – Learning with Python

Dynamic Web Development with Seaside
Pharo by Example (based on the next book in this list, suggested by Anonymous)
Squeak by Example

The Art of Assembly Language
Beginning Perl
Building Accessible Websites (suggested by Joe Clark)
The C Book
Compiler Construction
Dive Into HTML 5 (suggested by @til)
Learn Prolog Now!
Objective-C 2.0 Essentials
Programming Scala

Of course there are many more free programming eBooks, but this list consists of the ones I read or want(ed) to read. This is far from comprehensive and languages that are completely missing are mostly left out on purpose (e.g. PHP, C++, Java). I’m sure somebody else made a list for them somewhere.


MEMUNITY Workshop "Reliability, Testing, and Characterization of Micro Systems"

Registration for the MEMUNITY Workshop "Reliability, Testing, and Characterization of Micro Systems" is now open! To register, please send an email with the names of all participants and company contact information to by August 31st.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 from 9 am to 5 pm at IVAM e.V. Fachverband für Mikrotechnik in Dortmund, Germany (Emil Figge Str. 76, 44227 Dortmund, Germany). Technical presentations and discussions will be held by industry experts including Fraunhofer ENAS, IMEC, Cascade Microtech, Inc., Polytec, IMMS, aixACCT, Agilent, Solidus Technologies, Process Relations, Fraunhofer IWMH, ELMOS, and IHP. The full agenda can be downloaded from or Please note, the workshop is free of charge!

For further information contact Frank-Michael Werner

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

SPICE and FastSPICE, Podcast from DAC

In case you didn’t visit DAC 47 in Anaheim, California to see the SPICE and FastSPICE panel session, you can still listen to Daniel Payne moderating the three panelists:
  • Pierluigi Daglio – STMicroelectronics, Agrate, Italy
  • Aaron Barker – Oracle, Broomfield, CO
  • Jin-Qin Lu – Atheros Communications, Inc., Santa Clara, CA
(from left to right) Daniel Payne, Aaron Barker, Jin-Qin Lu, Pierluigi Daglio

Monday, July 19, 2010

IBM INDIA: Job Opportunities


IBM SRDC develops all of IBM’s semiconductor technologies including SOI, Bulk CMOS, RFCMOS, HV CMOS, and SiGe HBT BiCMOS Technologies. The IBM SRDC at Bangalore is responsible for developing compact models and process design kits (PDK), leading edge computational lithography, functional characterization support and theory, designs, models for nanoscale devices.

Job Opportunities

COMPACT MODELING ENGINEER: Work in a very challenging environment with experienced device modelers and RF circuit designers. The responsibilities will include development of compact models for both active (FET, BJT) and passive (diodes, varactors, MIMCAP, inductors) devices in mixed signal, and RF technologies. Working closely with device engineers to define parameter targets and with foundry clients to resolve any modeling issues in design. Defining test programs for DC and RF device measurement and characterization. Use of software such as ICCAP to extract parameters for BSIM, PSP or other models. Strong semiconductor device physics background and previous experience of device modeling / characterization / design are required. The candidate should have a MS degree in Electrical Engineering / Physics with at least 3 years of experience in device modeling related work or a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering.

DESIGN AUTOMATION TECHNICAL LEAD: An experienced professional to lead the PDK Design Automation (DA) team. Bangalore team is responsible for device model and enablement for process development kit (PDK) for some of the key technologies of IBM's specialty foundry business. The person leading the DA team will be part of a highly talented team with global experience and should be able to maintain the best-in-class PDK quality that IBM is known for. The minimum experience for this position should be at least 6-7 years of industry experience in the area of Design Automation (Parasitic extraction, Final kit Testing, DRC code generation, Pcell development) in the RF, analog & mixed signal environment. The ideal candidate should be able to lead a team of 10+ engineers, technically mentor and guide on project deliverables, can effectively collaborate with different GEO's like US & France and interface with Foundry customers on Design Automation related issues. Minimum academic qualification should be Master's with 6-7 years or PhD with 3+ years of relevant experience. Exceptional candidates with outstanding credentials with Bachelor's degree with 8-9 years of experience may also be considered. Previous management experience is a plus.

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