Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Palo Alto’s Silicon Slaves
Before you accept that ego-boosting offer to design ICs for Apple, don’t forget to ask about the hours. A story in the Wall Street Journal this week suggests they may be longer than you think.
Ever since Apple bought P.A Semis (originally Palo Alto Semiconductors) Apple’s apparently been on a recruitment drive for IC engineers.
The speculation is that Apple wants lower-power chips, or proprietary chips which will prevent the copying of its products, or more powerful graphics chips – or, quite possibly, all three.
But, according to the WSJ, one former P.A.Semis guy got a bit of a shock when he announced at a meeting that he’d rather not answer emails while on holiday.
Apparently it was made clear to the guy that Apple employees do whatever it takes to meet their deadlines.
It’s a terrible sign of the times. When your IS department tell you your Blackberry’s ready, what they’re really saying is: ‘Your boss, your underlings and your customers can now reach you 24/7′. Instead of working 40 hours a week you’re now on 168 hours a week.
Don’t do it, unless: you’re paid a fortune; you’re a workaholic; you’re an insomniac; you’re nuts already.
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