I love where I work! I've worked at places where we've had cool perks like free lunch, a visiting masseuse, ping-pong, and foosball. Don't get me wrong, these things are great, but what I've come to really enjoy is working with great people.
At our company, we are a wonderfully weird group of people. We have to be a bit quirky to do what we do. We make via configurable mixed signal ASICs. That means that we are fab-less provider for people that would rather not pay traditional full-custom IC development costs. To enable this low cost IC development path, we combine the development of via configurable arrays (VCAs) that are used and reused by many different customers. We also provide analog and digital design services to convert ideas into a customer's ASIC. And, we make EDA tools that allow non-IC designers to design their own parts. I mention all this to put this next part in proper context.
To make such a design flow possible, our company consists of analog IC designers, digital IC designers, experts in embedded ARM cores, place & route software developers, web developers, and yes, “cloud engineers.” I like to say “we are all weird in our own special way.” (Trust me, having analog IC designers working directly with the automatic place & route EDA developers can make for some rather interesting meetings.) It is this almost chaotic convergence of analog, digital, embedded, EDA, and cloud developer ideas that makes our place such a great place to work.
Now, on to Cupcake IC'ing. Below is the actual conversion log from work from a few days ago — a bit of silly, mildly juvenile humor, but pretty tame.
Steve Janesch: I'm doing circuit design in my Fortress of Solitude today.
Steve Janesch: So what is a fortress, anyway? Is that like a female fort? And what does that make a buttress?
William Farlow: steve will you be buttressing your circuit today with symmetrical arc boutant to defend it from an attack of bipolar load steps?
Steve Janesch: Absolutely. Do you think these arc boutants make my buttress look big?
William Farlow: flying buttresses are specifically designed to appear light and airy and leave the observer to wonder in awe, just how does that support such a massive load
William Farlow: you know it's kind of the same feeling we have when Billy does his monthly engineering meetings and reminds us of our mission and what we value, it provides just the right support to continue to build the successful company we all want to be a part of.
Dan Curran: Please help yourselves to some cupcakes in the break room. They're from my wife's graduation party, she completed an associates in electronics technician so they are “colorfully” decorated with electronics symbols.
Clark Hopper: RoHS compliant?
Dan Curran: Not sure, but i think they're lead free
William Farlow: so when is she interviewing, is she a beta user of via designer and does she write labview or cortex-M0 code?
Clark Hopper: Are they IEEE standard symbols? That's the only desert items I eat.
A trip to the kitchen revealed the electronic themed cupcake IC'ing. Just another day in via-land. Having great people to work with is truly a lasting blessing. Hoping your day of analog integration aspirations and work interactions is the “icing” on your day!