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Computer Microprocessors .

  1. Oct 14, 2007 #1
    Computer Microprocessors.....

    Hello all. I have a question regarding my field of work after graduation.
    I am a computer engineering major.

    I want to know how difficult it would be for me to get my foot in the door, working for a company dealing with CPUs (Intel/AMD).
    My expected graduation is Fall 2008, and I have a narrowed focus.
    I have only wanted to work with the hardware and software aspects of the CPU design process.

    Is my only hope a grad degree?
    How likely am I to get a co-op/internship with one of these companies?
    Are these jobs in an extremely high demand, I can't pull up much info about this particular job on the internet.......

    I am currently taking Microprocessors (EEL 4746) at FAMU/FSU engineering school, and I LOVE the course. I also recently bought Jon Stokes "Inside the Machine" to become familiar with the popular CPU architectures of today. What other type of knowledge must I be seeking to grasp in order to better equip myself for this type of work??

    Thanks in advance.
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  3. Oct 14, 2007 #2


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    Personally I have no idea what they want.

    Have you checked with your schools guidance office?
    Scanned their web sites for job postings?
    I suppose you could write to them and ask :smile:

    Also I wouldn't limit this to Intel/AMD. There are a number of other uP manufactures out there.
  4. Oct 15, 2007 #3


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    The general field of IC design is a very interesting and challenging and rewarding field. I encourage you to keep pursuing these interests. The only modification that I'd suggest is to consider the full broad field of IC design, and not just the sub-field of uC/uP design.

    uC/uP architecture definitely has some extra interest associated with it, but there are other IC design and fab areas that are equally interesting. Areas such as mixed-signal, RF, non-volatile memory, DSP, etc., each have very interesting aspects to them. And you will find it much easier to get work if your interests start off broad. As you gain work experience in the IC design field, then you will more easily be able to migrate toward specializations that interest you.

    Definitely start looking around for internships or research assistantships in IC design. Practical experience is a big part of what companies are looking for in job candidates. Best of luck!
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  5. Oct 15, 2007 #4
    Your replies...

    Hey, I really appreciate the responses you all gave. I will consider expanding my interest, especially since most of what I know comes straight from school and beyond that I don't really know much about the field.

    Again, thanks.
  6. Oct 15, 2007 #5
    Berkman's suggestion is really good, besides you may like to take up some additional courses in Verilog/VHDL (assuming you already had had a full credit course in DSP).
    Join some place like Yahoo groups and or Linked in , there are abundant job-postings coming that way including Internships.

    Which also help you to progress, as you may post your problems and or investigate the emerging trends and problems...

    all the best for your career...
  7. Oct 15, 2007 #6
    and i forgot to mention, A very high apptitude in System Analysis and Design along with system "C" really helps...complete the equn
  8. Oct 16, 2007 #7
    I am currently taking a VHDL course as we speak. I will definately see what comes up in the groups. Honestly, I'm just trying to avoid those internships that aren't really helping get to where I wanna be. All of this help is greatly appreciated.
  9. Oct 25, 2007 #8
    I saw your saying that you are taking microprocessor recently. I had a hard time to struggle with this subject. Are you studying in MC68000? One of my major subjects is microprocessor for this semester. Any tips that I can have to score in this subject? It's so hard for me.
  10. Oct 25, 2007 #9


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    Welcome to the PF. What aspects of uPs are you studying in this class? Is it mainly about architecture, or applications/programming, or a mix? I'd recommend getting practiced and comfortable writing Assembly Language programs to help you feel more comfortable with uPs/uCs.
  11. Oct 25, 2007 #10
    It's a mix where we need to study the archictecture, all the basic stuffs and at last programming. At the end of this course, we need to design a MC68000-based system. During the exam time, I can't answer the questions. I found out what I learned in class didn't help me a lot. This is because I don't even understand the questions.
  12. Oct 25, 2007 #11

    Try "The Motorola Mc68000 Microprocessor Family" writen by Thomas L. Harman & David T. Hein, real nice subject coverage. You have to understand the "concepts" like addressing, bus-architecture and cache and the like..sothat you can do fine in later stages of learning or while designing one with it....
    also refer some microcontroller idea book..normally certain "Concepts" cannot be understood , but perhaps if you study and application, it would be easier...

    (just like, when our teacher taught doppler effect, we never got what the heck it was , until told about the trains/buses/cars in opposite direction) so dwell deeply and resurface...

    All the best ...
  13. Oct 26, 2007 #12
    Thank for your introduction! I will try my best!
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