An interview with Joe Cho

  1. When did you join Chips&Media? In 2009

  2. Why did you apply to Chips&Media? After I finished my master's degree I was looking to join a company with a professional research team. Of the group categories, the business area of Chips&Media overlapped with my major, video codecs. I knew a colleague was working at Chips&Media, and what his job was like, so I didn't have any worries about joining the company.

  3. Can you tell us about your current work? When I first joined the company, I started working in hardware design. More specifically, the hardware engine used with video codecs called the RTL. This job includes hardware verification, design, and modification. I've also been working on developing data passes for video codecs and simulation verification.

  4. What can you say about Chips&Media? The most significant characteristic of our company is the flexible work environment. The organization structure is horizontal, and there are no big walls between colleagues, so if you have a question you can easily approach others without worrying about their level. Also, flexible working hours are another attractive part of the culture here.

  5. Any comments for a candidate who wants to join our company? If you want to join the company, it would be nice to have hands-on design experience as a hardware engineer. I think it will be helpful to follow recent trends in semiconductor design flow applied to real use cases. And, since our company is an expert in video codec, it would be best for you to have a strong understanding of video codecs. Theoretical knowledge of specs and standards will also help you much while working at Chips&Media.

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