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Brad Albing

7 Ways Analog Integration Is Like the Big Game

Brad Albing
Brad Albing
Brad Albing
3/28/2013 3:53:53 PM
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Re: Re : 7 Ways Analog Integration Is Like the Big Game
On the other hand, there aren't 300 pound guys chasing us around, trying to kill us just because we are doing our job. So, there are pros and cons, similarities and differences.

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SunitaT0
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2/28/2013 9:27:48 PM
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Re : 7 Ways Analog Integration Is Like the Big Game
It takes a large, multidisciplinary team working seamlessly together to win.

@Brad, infact I would say Analog integration is more difficult than a Football game. I am sure in football they don't face any issues like matching, compensation etc just like we do in analog design. But yes team work is very crucial part of analog design team because co-ordination of different analog blocks is very crucial.


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ErinM
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2/20/2013 2:19:30 PM
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Re: addendum - the authors
Hi Karen,

The needs of a team designing an integrated IC differ from a "traditional" project in two ways.  First, there are additional roles.  Where the traditional project requires an IC designer (or designers) with one specialty, an integrated IC requires IC designers with multiple specialities such as power, data conversion, security, etc.   An integrated IC also requires a system architect and additional management and/or integration resources.  There is also a greater likelihood it will require firmware or software developers.

The second way an integrated IC project is different is that the demands on the product definers, layout, and test engineers are much greater.  To successfully define an integrated IC, the team has to understand a great deal about the target application, much more so than when defining a single function IC to meet a particular spec.  The complexity of layout and testing is also greatly increase as the IC performs multiple functions.

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karenfield
karenfield
2/16/2013 3:07:05 PM
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Re: addendum - the authors
Hi Brad: I am responding to your post, not the addendum, but I am still having trouble with commenting. I am not technically challenged mind you!  In your discussion above you mention the need for a multidisciplinary team to pull off the project successfully - I am wondering what skill sets team members should have, and how that differs from a traditional project. We're seeing more and more of a need for different skill sets across the board.

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Brad Albing
Brad Albing
2/1/2013 11:50:17 AM
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addendum - the authors
Oh - where ae my manners - I should actually tell you to whom I referred when I mentioned the missive. This was written by Erin Mannas and Bill Laumeister. Erin is a Marketing Manager at Maxim Integrated. She has also worked for Texas Instruments, Burr Brown, and Insight Electronics, so she knows what she's talking about. Bill Laumeister is an engineer in strategic apps with the Precision Control Group at Maxim Integrated. He has more than 30 years of experience and holds several patents, so he also knows what he's talking about.

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