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For the fourth year in a row, I attended ISSCC and have to say that it is one of the highlights of my year. Since I work a niche market vs. a geographical market, it’s rare that I get out of the office so it’s a blast to leave “the cube” and get out and meet the people I talk to during the year. Once again, Karen Richards (President & CEO) joined me and we were able to connect with many new and familiar folks.

Attending the mixers and hanging out at Starbuck’s in the hotel proved again to be the best places to connect with folks. However, our favorite event was the “You’re Hired – The Top 25 Interview Questions for Circuit Designers” session on Tuesday. It was extremely insightful and entertaining.

A special thank you goes out to Michael P. Flynn, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and John Khoury, Silicon Labs, Austin, Texas for organizing the session and to all of the panelists:

Eric Swanson, Cirrus Logic, Austin, Texas
Sanroku Tsukamoto, Fujitsu Laboratories, Kawasaki, Japan
Marcel Pelgrom, Consultant, Helmond, The Netherlands
Beomsup Kim, Qualcomm, Santa Clara, CA
Ali Hajimiri, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Behzad Razavi, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Thanks for the information and the humor.

I’ll be counting the months until February 2014 and hope to see you there.

James

James FID_2814a

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