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iNU Semiconductor – Bring-Up
All Hail the Product Engineer
The Bring Up stage of the semiconductor development process is often carried out by Product Engineers. The people at 3 NRIT summarised the role of the Product Engineer in the diagram opposite, as you can see this is a very varied an important area for product development.
Many of these steps are carried out in the lab, using various pieces of hardware for taking measurements and will most probably be controlled by some kind of custom build software.
Our approach to this process is to use a standard hardware platform along with code that is built to be re-useable. The reason for this is simple, having a standard platform means only one type of connection (often Ethernet) and allows hardware to be easily shared between lab desks. Building code to be re-useable means that after 2 or 3 products have passed through the department, you could have around 80% of the code already written, ready and waiting for product number 4.
Below are some examples of the hardware commonly found in a characterisation lab and some of the tests carried out by the engineers working to validate the design.
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