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Who we are and what we do
EDA Solutions are a small but well known supplier of Electronic Design Automation software used for designing silicon chips. We have a close knit team who work together well to support our many hundreds of happy customers around Europe. As a small company we really can offer an exposure to every aspect of the semiconductor design business.
What you could be doing during your work placement
On a student placement at EDA Solutions you will work with our international customers, foundries and internal engineers in supporting our customers in their design and development of microchips for a wide variety of applications. These can include everything from mobile phone or PC devices, to automotive, aerospace and even space applications, as well as advanced technologies like polymer electronics and nanotechnology.
During your time with us you will learn about microelectronic design and manufacture, develop your team working and project management skills, and gain an appreciation of working in a competitive business environment. You will also develop a good understanding of design tools, methodologies and working practices, invaluable in finding your first job after graduation.
Meet one of our UKESF Scholars
University of York
MEng Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology
What appeals to me about Electronics and Engineering
I became interested in electronics at a young age, growing up in a rapidly developing world where every day brought with it new technology, devices and gadgets. I’m very curious and inquisitive as a person, so alongside becoming strong in Maths and Physics I also became fascinated by how this technology worked. A degree in Electronic Engineering allowed me to pursue a career as well as hobbies and interests with a deeper knowledge of the technologies they depend on, as well as being able to refine and utilise my problem-solving skills and practical mind. The degree has also brought with it a wider appreciation for surrounding technology, and seeing how the right technology can affect and improve people’s daily living has further motivated me in my pursuit for electronics and engineering.
Why I chose EDA Solutions
EDA Solutions distributes and supports ASIC, MEMS and photonics design software, and with my specialisation in Nanotechnology I wanted to investigate the IC design industry from this perspective. Not only would I be able to learn about and master a huge set of industry tools and design flows, but also gain insight into the design industry and how its various customers, foundries and EDA vendors work, collaborate and function.
My work and responsibilities
As a Technical Support Engineer, providing technical support to prospects or customers through on-site visits, web-ex meetings, telephone and/or email for any part of the tools or related IT setup has been a big part of the internship. Customised solutions can also be developed when there is no inbuilt functionality fulfilling the specific customer request, or the customer would like to automate their flow further. These solutions are mostly written in Tcl and C/C++ but can also utilise Windows Batch and Linux Shell scripts in some flows. I have also been able to learn about Calibre, the industry standard tool for physical verification of IC designs, as well as exploring a vast number of other tools, functions and flows. Furthermore, through the internship I have been given the opportunity to travel to, for example, conferences, training, and even beta testing of the software in the US. In its entirety the experience has enabled me to grow as an engineer, develop as part of the IC industry, and mature as an individual.
I have quite a few hobbies, ranging from sports and outdoor activities to engineering-related electronics hobbies. I enjoy keeping fit and using some excess energy at the gym or outdoors on the bike, and through a colleague I was recently also introduced to bouldering which is great fun. Furthermore, I have a DIY 3D printer which I use to design and print (nearly) anything I want or need when working with electronics projects, and I have recently also built my own drone and taken up FPV Drone Racing.
Meet one of our Engineers
Job Title: Technical Support Engineer
What appeals to me about Electronics
My interest in Electronics extends from my interest Physics, Maths and my intrigue into how the electronic devices around me worked. I grew up with an Electronics Design Engineer for a parent and found it fascinating to learn how designers solved different problems and the physical principles behind both the problem and the solutions. A-level Electronics strengthened my interest as the practical implantation of my interest in Physics and Maths; this allowed me to understand and design circuits/systems which solve challenges in our modern world. The industry is continually providing new challenges in design in the never-ending quest for smaller form factors, better performance and more features.
Why I chose EDA
I initially joined EDA Solutions on a UKESF Scholarship. I chose them because they are a company that provides support for full flow industry standard Mentor-Graphics/Tanner ASIC and MEMs software design tools. The company offered a good opportunity to become a key part of a small application engineer team; this would enable me to gain experience and knowledge across the start the start to finish of ASIC design flow, using industry standard tools, and to gain a great commercial awareness of the industry through direct interaction with customers. Having recently graduated, and having enjoyed my internship with them so much, I have re-joined EDA to start my career in Microelectronics.
The type of work I have been involved with
My role as an Application Engineer is to work directly with all our customers in Europe, to quickly assist them with their EDA tools design environments whenever any problems arise in any part of their flow. I also write C++ and TCL script to add tool functionality and quality assure the deployment of process design kit libraries, which customers use for schematic entry, silicon layout, verification and tape out to a foundry for fabrication. Additionally, I have been given opportunities to travel to different countries for technical training, and mentor a school team through the Go4SET challenge. For me, this work has been invaluable chance to improve my communication, knowledge and experience competencies within the industry.
My interests include hobby electronics and riding my bike. During the internship, I liked to cycle to work and do weekend bike rides. I also have also a keen interest in flying, clocking over 15hrs of flight time across different aircraft types and I have completed a gliding scholarship scheme.