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Post subject: MMIC design to board level design
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2004 9:39 pm

Joined: Thu Nov 04, 2004 9:02 pm
Posts: 7

I am working in MMIC design after my MS for the past 6 months, mostly in X and Ku bands. I am being offered a board-level RF design position for GSM/CDMA in another company. Is is wise to switch? What are the long term prospects?



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Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2004 10:21 pm


I don't think that it is worth switching to a board level design position, simply because it is more challenging and exciting to do a MMIC/RFIC design. Moreover, in the long term, the RF design is heading more to the chip level rather than to the board level. Another issue is that many times the MMIC/RFIC designer is greatly involved in board level design for the IC he designed - the evaluation board. So it is worth sticking to your current position. I know that because I am doing board design for few years and am looking the opportunity to move to your side.

Good luck ;-)



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Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2004 9:29 am

Joined: Thu Nov 04, 2004 9:02 pm
Posts: 7
Hello Italy,

Thanks a lot. I appreciate your advice. It is quite a change coming from school where you get exposure to a wide variety of topics to, pretty much working on a single chip, for 3-4 months. I was thinking that doing a board level design might provide more variety. :roll:


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Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2004 11:22 am


You are welcome.

Board level design does provide a variety and includes many activities from link budget, through block implementation, simulation, PCB layout, assembly, testing, integration and additional activities. Yet if you get to think of that, this is the same with MMIC/RFIC design only in the chip scale.

But I stick to what I said that you started from a higher point, because RFIC/MMIC is a higher point than board level design. And I am sure that in the future you will "get down" to board level as well, as part of your design process.

And no, I don't think that the grass is more grean at the neighbour's yard, trust me on that... :!:

Good luck,


Post subject: MMIC
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 3:50 am

where are you working in MMIC design ?

if they are hiring and you are leaving i want to get in there..

i would die to get into MMIC design and am being offered board level microwave design !!

i would love to be in your position !

keep your mmic job, if you don't want it give it to me !! :) :)

be happy where you are, others don't have the chance !

(let me know if the company is hiring !)

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