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Searchlight Systems

  1. 1. SearchLight Systems Independent Contingency-based semiconductor recruiting for Bay Area Semiconductor Startups
  2. 2. Training <ul><ul><li>General Recruiting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Semiconductor Design Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Semiconductor Jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sample Resumes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Terms (Dictionary) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact Lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interesting Companies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What makes an exciting startup opportunity? </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Contingency Based <ul><li>3 Types of Recruiters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In-House (Contract) Recruiters (Hourly) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contingency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Executive/Retained </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contingency = Paid if Candidate Hired* </li></ul><ul><li>* Subject to Gaurentee Period </li></ul>
  4. 4. Bay Area Semiconductor Startups <ul><li>Silicon Valley has a rich history of Semiconductor Startups starting with Fairchild Instruments </li></ul><ul><li>VC's are Venture Capitalists that fund startups </li></ul>
  5. 5. Bay Area Semiconductor Startups <ul><li>Example Headlines... </li></ul>
  6. 6. What does a SoC look like? <ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AMD_Geode_LX_800_CPU.jpg </li></ul>
  7. 7. Bay Area Semiconductor Startups <ul><li>Semiconductors are the &quot;chips&quot; that make PC's, iPhones and Set Top Boxes work. Examples include SoCs which are Systems on Chips that accelerate media (e.g., video, graphics and audio) using embedded processors </li></ul>
  8. 8. What is a &quot;SoC&quot;? <ul><li>System-on-a-chip or system on chip (SoC or SOC) refers to integrating all components of a computer or other electronic system into a single integrated circuit (chip). It may contain digital, analog, mixed-signal, and often radio-frequency functions – all on a single chip substrate. A typical application is in the area of embedded systems. </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System-on-a-chip </li></ul>
  9. 9. What is an &quot;ASIC&quot;? <ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_circuit </li></ul>
  10. 10. Advances in integrated cirucuits <ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_circuit#Advances_in_integrated_circuits </li></ul>
  11. 11. Classifications <ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_circuit#Classification </li></ul>
  12. 12. Specialization: Video <ul><li>Video: MPEG2/4 and H.264 </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics: OpenGL and Direct3D </li></ul><ul><li>Audio: Dolby </li></ul><ul><li>Imaging: JPEG </li></ul>
  13. 13. Interesting Companies <ul><li>Broadcom </li></ul><ul><li>www.broadcom.com </li></ul><ul><li>Large, Public Company ($5B/year in sales) </li></ul><ul><li>Sigma Designs </li></ul><ul><li>www.sdesigns.com </li></ul><ul><li>Small, Public Company ($200M/year in sales) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Broadcom <ul><li>Sells many kinds of chips </li></ul><ul><li>For example, Video Encoders, DeCoders and Transcoders </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.broadcom.com/products/Cable/MPEG-2-Digital-Audio-Video-Encoders </li></ul>
  15. 15. Sigma Designs <ul><li>Sells mainly video processor chips </li></ul><ul><li>For example, Video DeCoders for Set Top Boxes (IPTV) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sdesigns.com/solutions_subcat.php?id=1### </li></ul>
  16. 16. Reference Designs <ul><li>A reference design is a sample board design which can be used to achieve a &quot;design win&quot; with the client. The client can even use customize a reference design into a salable product. Enables rapid development and shows off hardware, software, SDK/utilities, OS Support, etc. (complete BOM) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sdesigns.com/products.php?id=25 </li></ul>
  17. 17. What is a &quot;design flow&quot;? <ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System-on-a-chip#Design_flow </li></ul>
  18. 18. SoC Structure <ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System-on-a-chip#Structure </li></ul>
  19. 19. How are SoC's fabricated? <ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System-on-a-chip#Fabrication </li></ul>
  20. 20. SoC Cont. (See Also) <ul><li>See also </li></ul><ul><li>List of system-on-a-chip suppliers PSoC </li></ul><ul><li>ASIC </li></ul><ul><li>Microcontroller </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic design automation </li></ul><ul><li>Post silicon validation </li></ul><ul><li>System in package </li></ul><ul><li>Network On Chip </li></ul>

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