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Companies in this industry include manufacturers of power semiconductor devices including discretes, ICs, and modules.

Articles discussing opportunities, technical requirements, and design challenges for power electronics engineers in the Semiconductor industry:

Communications Field Calls On Analog Designers and Power Specialists
By David G. Morrison, Editor,, November 2010

In the communications field as in other industries, many companies have jettisoned their power supply design teams and outsourced their work. These companies still need some hardware designers who can address power supply issues, but their design responsibilities tend to be broader than just power. Moreover, the de-emphasis of power supply design within the communications equipment companies has placed more of the burden of power design on the shoulders of the power supply and IC vendors, which may lead to greater opportunities for power electronics engineers at those companies. In this article, I discuss these trends and their implications with two engineering recruiters. (See pages 57-59 of source PDF.) Read the full article»

Big Power Challenges in Little Products Create Opportunities for Power Specialists
By David G. Morrison, Editor,, September 2010

Manufacturers of portable devices such as smart phones, portable media players, and laptops are continually driven to make these products more sophisticated. The latest gadgets must always offer more functionality and better performance, while maintaining the small form factors and the same or longer battery life. To meet these challenges requires engineers with experience in power system design. In the past, many of these engineers worked for the portable device OEMs. But over time, these companies have come to rely on the semiconductor vendors to provide power system design expertise in the form of IC solutions. This article discusses semiconductor industry requirements for the IC designers and field application engineers (FAEs) who develop and support power management ICs for portable applications.  Read the full article»

Opportunities in Portable Power Management
By David G. Morrison, Editor,, June 2010

An update of the jobs listings in “Big Power Challenges in Little Products Create Opportunities for Power Specialists.”  Read the full article»

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