Wednesday, December 10, 2003

My good friend Gary Fowler who runs a search firm called Analog Solutions was at the FSA Awards Dinner in Silicon Valley and walked out a happy man. This is what he had to say:

After attending the Fabless Semiconductor Association's Awards Dinner in Silicon Valley recently, I came away with warm feeling about the prospects for the industry. The 1300 execs attending the event set a new record and the mood was ebullient. Oracle made a big splash with its hosting of excellent beverages at several ice sculpture motif bars before dinner. Kudos to Jodi Shelton and FSA for an excellent dinner menu.

The top awards went to the Most Respected Public Company, Xilinx, and to the Most Respected Private Company, Cavium Networks. The Best Financially Managed Company award went to Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. The winners of the Favorite Fabless Picks category were Silicon Storage Technology, awarded by C.E. Unterberg Towbin: Marvell Semiconductor, awarded by Lehman Brothers; and Broadcom, awarded by Morgan Stanley. Companies receiving the Outstanding Financial Performance award included public company winners Nanogen and Power Integrations: private company winners were Atheros Communications, NetLogic Microsystems, Volterra Semiconductor, Wolfson Microelectronics plc and Zeevo. The FSA Venture Capital Advisory Board selected the most promising Fabless Companies to Watch: Sierra Logic and Sychip. I stand firm in my conviction that 2004 will be a strong year for new career opportunities for analog and mixed signal professionals!

Here are a few positions Gary Fowler is working on:

1. Newly formed Hand Held Wi-Fi Division is seeking a staff Analog Design Engineer. Will be working on Pipeline A/D Converters (10-12 bit 100-200 mhz). Candidate will be responsible for definition of Analog Subsystem Architecture and Circuits, Design, Layout and Delivery in advanced Communications (Wireless LAN / PAN) PHD – Minimum 3+ years of experience.
MSEE – Minimum 5+ years of experience.
Mixed Signal Design, including Op Amps and CMOS
Prefer someone with High-speed Pipeline A/D Converter Experience.
Will look at a very bright individual and mentor them if they don’t have A/D Converter Experience.
Candidate must be a US Citizen or Green Card.

2. new opportunity for a PLL specialist to join a fast growing IP company in the Bay Area. The candidate must have solid experience in PLL design and have put 2-3 chips into production. The experience required would involve experience in a Non SERDES/High Speed environment

Please contact Gary Fowler for more information on these positions.

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