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Who we are and what we do
onsemi is driving energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy use. The company is a leading supplier of semiconductor-based solutions, offering a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient power management, analogue, sensors, logic, timing, connectivity, discrete, SoC and custom devices. The company’s products help engineers solve their unique design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, medical, aerospace and defence applications. onsemi has design centres in key markets throughout North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions.
The Bracknell design centre researches and develops sensor products and processors for the Automotive Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and viewing markets. These markets are growing rapidly due to the new applications such as driver monitoring, e-mirror and 360-degree sensing.
What you could be doing during your work placement
You will be part of a microelectronics sensor design and machine vision processing team working on next generation image sensors and processors for the automotive sector. There are opportunities for undergraduates interested in the design activities done here including analogue, digital, verification, implementation and firmware.
Meet one of our UKESF Scholars
Imperial College London
- Degree Course:
MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering
What appeals to you about Electronics?
Electronics is an extremely wide field that affects everyday life in countless ways. I find it fascinating how many applications it has and where it can be found. Studying electronics opens numerous doors in various aspects of the electronics industry in cutting edge fields. It is also a very rapidly growing discipline, that becomes more and more important in our increasingly digital and connected world.
Why did you want a scholarship with onsemi?
I was very intrigued after reading about the various applications of onsemi’s products on medical and particularly automotive applications, such as IC chips used in cameras for cars. I wanted to learn more about IC design, and particularly analogue electronics, which is also the field onsemi offered me to work on during the summer, and hence I was excited and honored to accept.
What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?
I worked on designing a CMOS op-amp which had to meet a set of specifications. I used CAD tools, specifically Cadence Design Environment, and Virtuoso, which is a schematic design software. I had to do quite a bit of reading on CMOS Analog IC design, to acquire the necessary knowledge, as the subject was demanding and required material further than what I had learnt during my first year at university. It was a really valuable introduction to the electronics industry, and allowed me to see the real-life applications of all the theory I had learned at university, and explore a potential future career path. It also helped me hone skills such as communication skills and time management.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I am a creative person, I enjoy music and dance – I have been playing the cello for over 10 years, had theoretical music classes, joined orchestras, and I have reached a semi-professional Latin dancing level. I also enjoy reading most types of fiction and literature, particularly sci-fi and mysteries, as well as classics.
Meet one of our Engineers
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Why I chose my degree programme
From an early age I always had a keen interest in understanding how things around me worked. I remember being mesmerised by people’s voices and images coming out of these boxes covered in dials and buttons; I could not make sense of it then but my father once told me it was all down to electronics. By the mid-90s, with the internet revolution, I learned the true potential of computers, a new world to be explored at a distance of a click. I knew I had to be part of it and so, at the age of fourteen, I started studying to become an electronics and computers technician. The following three years just reinforced my passion, I started repairing all sorts of electronic equipment and found the joys of computer programming and robotics. Mathematics and physics were always some of my favourite subjects at school so a degree in Electronic Engineering at university was the obvious choice. I was fortunate enough to have a work placement on my final year developing a wireless control platform for industrial sensors, this gave me an invaluable insight into the working world and its fast paced environment not to mention my first ever salary!
My experience at onsemi
During my professional career I have designed components that can be found in TVs, smartphones, cameras, cars, network equipment and even satellites in space. I feel that my work has shaped the way millions of people interact with technology and that gives me great satisfaction and further strengthens my determination to succeed. At onsemi I found the professional gratification of working for a company that devotes significant resources to research while at the same time bringing truly innovative products to the market. I’m currently involved with the architectural definition, design and verification of High Speed interfaces for automotive sensors used in next generation ADAS systems that are paving the way for truly autonomous vehicles. The core of my work is mixed-signal circuit design but I’m faced with daily challenges whose solutions require a great deal of creativity but also mastering multiple disciplines such as computer programming, statistical analysis and behavioral modelling to name a few.
What I enjoy outside work
On my spare time you might find me reading a book by a lake, recovering from exhaustion after a 5K run or photographing picturesque landscapes but it is when I’m at work that I’m changing the world…