Third Quarter 2020 Quarterly Employee Spotlight

Learn More About The Exciting Opportunities Available At ASIC North

Rudy Farmer

Please provide a short introduction of yourself including how long have you been working at ASIC North, where you are located, what your position is and what you do at ASIC North?

I started working for ASIC North in May of 2010 in Burlington, VT.  I had worked for a large chip manufacturer in Vermont from 1980 to 2007 in various roles including test equipment design and system delivery, analog mixed-signal specials, and ASICs but left engineering for a few years to pursue another passion: finance.   Returning to design engineering work at ASIC North was very much like a homecoming because my first assignment was working on a project for my previous employer.  One interesting tidbit is often my fingers would remember how to do stuff in AIX from back in the day (before Linux) that my conscious mind could not remember.

Currently, I am working on my 14th major project for ASIC North and I am assigned to work on PCIe timing.  My project roles are usually design engineering, always something to do with HDL’s, verification, timing & synthesis, test & JTAG & BIST.  In the middle of my career I had a lot of project leadership roles but now I get to focus on executing specific engineering tasks, not oversight. Yea! That’s what I prefer.

What do you enjoy about the work you do and what is most rewarding?
The most enjoyable part of work for me is collaborating with my teammates to produce something useful.  It takes many long hours to do what we do and it is important to me to help my team succeed.  I enjoy the morning huddles where we list out our vexing problems and make attack plans.  I am always learning new things because there is so much to know in our discipline!   There is never enough time!  ASIC North is a very honest, trustworthy, ethical, effective organization.  I really enjoy working here because my team always supports me and cares.

What is one of your greatest career accomplishments?
My greatest career accomplishment is At Speed Structural Test (ASST). The team I was working with was “stuck in a rut” using race-free LSSD testing in manufacturing and our major customer was having chip quality issues because the 400Mhz functional logic was not being tested with functional clocks at-speed.  It is rewarding to see that ASST is now used pervasively in the industry for advanced process geometry products.

What do you do for fun outside work?
I like to do all sports, but I have had to moderate what I do because I have aged.  Currently I am golfing, skiing, biking, hiking and boating.  My greatest joy is my family and friends.  I have two wonderful daughters in their 20’s who are building their careers and lives.  I have a wonderful partner. We are currently learning to navigate the new COVID-19 world-order together.

Manager Comment:
Rudy consistently puts his all into each project that he works on. He is always looking for ways to provide value to our clients beyond their expectations. He makes it a personal goal that every client has a undeniably positive experience working with him and ASIC North.

Second Quarter 2020 Quarterly Employee Spotlight

Learn More About The Exciting Opportunities Available At ASIC North

Regene (Regi) Graen

Please provide a short introduction of yourself including how long have you been working at ASIC North, where you are located, what your position is and what you do at ASIC North?
When my future husband and I rolled into Phoenix forty years ago in my rusty Pontiac Catalina stuffed with all of our lifetime possessions, I could not have imagined the wonderful career changes looming in the near future for this small-town Minnesota girl armed with a BS degree in nursing. From a Coordinator of Nursing position in a facility allied with the famed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to five years with a small, semiconductor design firm in Mesa, AZ offering layout career education and opportunities, to a twenty-two year stint as an IC physical integration engineer with Motorola, my most fulfilling position has been with ASIC North, my “home-away-from-home” in Tempe, AZ for the past decade.

ASIC North is known for its creative and brilliant workforce, including management, human resources, IT support, and design teams, all of whom join together seamlessly to make the design effort efficient, productive, and challenging while at the same time being a pleasant and stimulating environment in which to work. As a physical design engineer at ASIC North, my duties include chip and IP block layout lead (digital, analog, and RF–custom and auto place & route), drc/lvs verification, project methodology development, database release/archive, mentoring new employees, and conducting interviews of prospective employees.

 

What do you enjoy about the work you do and what is most rewarding?
What do I enjoy most about my position at ASIC North? I love the innovative and artistic aspects of physical design engineering and learning from brilliant minds (my colleagues). I find my work addicting and rewarding. I’m known by many as an “organized detail freak” or better stated.…a “systematic comprehensive enthusiast!”

What do you do for fun outside work?
Outside of work, I enjoy traveling with my husband and our daughter, our most precious joy, to the many marvelous Marriott timeshare resorts across America to experience places we’ve never discovered and to partake in the diverse traditions and cuisines of each, unique location. Barefoot walks on the beaches of Maui and Marco Island are high on my list of favorites, as well as just kicking back under a pool umbrella with a good mystery novel in hand.  Lunches with dear friends, beautiful nature walks, binging an exceptional Netflix drama series at home with my husband, and completing artistic projects such as knitting and cross-stitching also pop up on the agenda when time allows.

Manager Comment:
Regene is a highly positive force for projects at ASIC North. She exhibits a can do attitude, keeps a smile on her face during stressful projects and is always willing to help others. Her organizational skills keep us on track while her methodology outlook helps feed our hunger for continuous improvement. Regene is truly a pleasure to work with at ASIC North and is a great example of what makes our company one of the best.