Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe GmbH (FSEU)
What we are offering
We are offering 2 scholarships for 2013/14
We are interested in receiving applications from any students at the partner universities that satisfy the eligibility criteria. Scholarships will vary between 2-5 years duration.
We will also consider applications from students who would also like us to provide (in addition to a UKESF Scholarship) a 6 or 12 month industrial work placement as part of a degree course.
Location for Work Placements
Who we are and what we do
Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe (FSEU) is a world leader in semiconductor devices and technology. The 400 employees in Europe focus on developing semiconductor solutions in partnership with customers in the Automotive, Industrial, Graphics, Multimedia and Communications markets. FSEU's design centres in Frankfurt, Maidenhead and Munich provide local customers with local support.
FSEU's Communications Business Unit is responsible for a portfolio of telecommunication standard products that enable cost-effective and highly integrated system solutions. Active in a broad range of wired and wireless applications, the team develops unique IP which delivers innovative product solutions. For mobile applications, such as multimedia terminals, FSEU also offers products ranging from Phased Locked Loops (PLLs) to sophisticated ImageSignal Processors (ISPs).
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What you could be doing during your summer work placement
Placements are with FSEU's Communications business unit, based in Maidenhead, Berkshire. A fundamental aspect of the placement experience is that students work as an integral member of the analogue/mixed-signal design team, and on real projects. Full training in the latest design, layout and simulation tools is provided. Some exposure to evaluation of prototype devices, using leading-edge test equipment, may also be possible.
Meet one of our UKESF Scholars
- Imperial College
- Degree Course:
- MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Management
Eithne is about to enter her 4th year of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College. She is currently completing a 6 month industry placement with Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe. Last year, she worked for the company during the summer holidays.
Why did I choose to study electronics?
During school I was really interested in technology and maths and wanted a career that would tie these together in a practical way so electronic engineering seemed perfect.
Why did I want to work for Fujitsu?
I wanted to work for a company which could offer the chance to work with cutting edge technology and develop the skills I already had. I felt Fujitsu could offer both those things and working at the company has only supported this. Also, I’ve also been studying Japanese for a number of years, so thought the opportunity would allow me to use this skill.
My placement with Fujitsu
My time with Fujitsu has been spent in the applications department which creates solutions to test and evaluate the high speed data converters designed on site. My work has covered various different disciplines including using MATLAB to create a user interface to improve test procedures in the lab. I’ve designed the PCB layout and VHDL control interface for part of an evaluation board as well as written control code to allow a PIC to change output voltages of regulators on a power supply board. I’ve really enjoyed the experience and it has made me much more confident with applying my degree in an industrial setting.
My hobbies and interests
When I get the chance I enjoy swimming and learning Japanese. I’m also a really keen volunteer with an educational charity, Into University where I attend weekly sessions to offer free tuition to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through the charity, I have also helped organise activities for Year 8 pupils to visit Imperial College to promote university and careers in electronic engineering.
Meet one of our Engineers
- Job Title:
- Design Engineer
Why I chose a career in Electronic Engineering
My interest in radios, computers and cell phones lead me to study electronic engineering. At university I discovered engineering is a rich mixture of various disciplines ranging from computer science and physics to economics and teamwork. It is definitely not abstract or dull and doesn't require heavy mathematics!
Why I chose to work at FSEU
The opportunity to go on an industrial placement and work for a leading semiconductor company such as FSEU was indispensable. Everyone was very helpful and generous with their time and knowledge, which undoubtedly made it the best learning experience I had as a student. The main reason why I wanted to come back and work for FSEU was because I knew the work would be challenging as the products are at the cutting edge of semiconductor technology. I was looking forward to realizing my full potential in a team of experienced and highly motivated engineers.
What challenges I face as a Design Engineer
Electronic design engineering is a multifaceted and multidisciplinary job. Working at FSEU requires constantly keeping yourself updated with the latest design software and semiconductor technology knowledge. The design process requires good problem solving and analytical skills. Often these problems can be complex and involve making tradeoffs between several parameters. Simply understanding the problem is not enough because at the end of the day our solution has to be feasible and our chip should work in a real product! Fortunately, in FSEU I have been working with some of the leading experts in this industry and they are always willing to share their knowledge.
What are the rewards of Electronic Engineering?
It is not only intellectually stimulating but also financially rewarding. Working in micro chip design allows you to contribute to several other industries such as medical, defense, communications and transport. So there are always several interesting applications and lots of room for innovation. Moreover, jobs in this area seem to be quite secure. Some of my colleagues have over two decades of experience and are still fascinated by what they do!