I just get the news: semiconductor is hiring. Check http://www.ti.com, a lot of opennings. A physics PHD I know who got laid off from his developer position and got hired almost immediately by another semiconductor Co. (not TI). Just for your information. Roseanne [ July 24, 2002: Message edited by: Roseanne Zhang ] [ July 24, 2002: Mark Herschberg fixed the link] [ July 24, 2002: Message edited by: Mark Herschberg ]
Roseanne, The link that you provided isn't working. Is something missing? I spent more than 12 years at a semiconductor equipment company and found that the long life cycle of the equipment creates an environment that makes it very easy for a software engineer to fall far behind the leading edge of software technologies. For example, we developed a new machine in 1987 using state of the art technology and felt that we were real trailblazers. Today, that machine is still being manufactured and the software engineers are still working with that 1987 technology. Today, they are having a hard time finding people that are willing to work with the standard C programming language so they instead train their manufacturing and field service technicians to do the work. Most of the machine control code in the semiconductor industry is written in C++ but the GUI is often written in Visual Basic. Obviously, Java could be used to replace the Visual Basic GUI and could also be used for some of the higher level controller code, but something that allows direct access to hardware ports will still be needed for the low-level drivers. Also, Java would be a good choice for the development of web services capabilities that would allow the machine to be controlled remotely by a central controller or allow the process engineers to remotely collect data or allow for remote diagnostics. Although Java could be used very effectively in the semiconductor industry, the long life cycle of the existing machines will serve to preserve the use of older technologies for many years. I know that Java is finding its way into the semiconductor industry, but C++ is still firmly entrenched.
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Dan They are mostly hiring physics/EE majors, not CS majors. However, if you had that side experiences or training, then it could be a good fit... Thanks Mark for fixing the link... I thought everybody knew TI, and forgot I was in Texas Roseanne [ July 24, 2002: Message edited by: Roseanne Zhang ]
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