What do you do at Intel?
I am a member of the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor design team. I was responsible for verifying the correct design and implementation of the floating-point unit on the Pentium 4 processor project. Currently I am working on the next generation processor in the Pentium 4 processor family.
What is a typical day like at Intel?
Most of my time is spent working with the Register Transfer Language (RTL) model of the processor — running simulations, writing tests and debugging failed tests to ensure that our processors work correctly.
What is your favorite thing about working at Intel?
At Intel you don't follow the status quo. If you have an idea to improve the design or methodology, people will listen. We are constantly embracing change and new technology.
What is most challenging about your job?
At Intel you start contributing on your very first day. Today's processors are generations ahead of what is typically taught in school, so there was a lot to learn and a short time in which to learn it. They don't give you the easy jobs either; you work shoulder to shoulder with people who have done this for years.
What is the best experience you've had while working at Intel?
My best experience was watching the first Pentium 4 processors booting operating systems just a few days after coming back from manufacturing. It was a great vindication of all the work we put into the design over the previous years.