Sponsor: Imagination Technologies
University: University of Southampton
Degree Course: BEng Electronic Engineering
What appeals to me about Electronics
During my A-levels, I started with a Computer Science degree in mind as it was what all my friends were interested in, but I quickly found that I much preferred the lectures on computer hardware and how the different parts of the computer worked together. I found it fascinating, and from then on, I knew that I wanted to be someone who would be designing those devices myself. Therefore, I took a Bachelors in Electronic Engineering at Southampton University, and I am so glad that I made this decision.
Why I wanted a scholarship with Imagination
Imagination Technologies design a huge variety of integrated circuits such as neural network accelerators for use in all sorts of applications such as AI controlled/assisted cars, GPUs, RISC-V based CPUs for embedded systems and ethernet processors. They gave me an opportunity to do what I have always wanted to do and design circuits that have a very important purpose in a multitude of real life applications. Also, being a fairly large company, they have been able to offer me very valued support throughout the whole length of the internship.
My placement and its value to me
I have been involved in converting existing RTL written in VHDL into SystemVerilog. I also helped to debug through some testbench results to make corrections to the RTL. These tasks gave me a very good introduction to how Imagination’s tools and workflow worked, without going into anything too difficult but still providing me with a challenge. The placement also gave me a very good understanding what it is like to work in a team to design large and complex circuits.
My personal interests
I really enjoy the SoulsBourne series of games and I also play a lot of DnD.
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