Three Reasons why Codasip Women Engineers are Awe-inspiring
March 3, 2022
March 3, 2022
With International Women’s Day behind us and International Women in Engineering Day on June 23rd, we wanted to put great women in engineering on the spotlight. But no Ada Lovelace or Hedy Lamarr in this article. Computer science is constantly evolving, becoming increasingly important in our world, and there are so many reasons for women to be involved. This blog gives the floor to the great women working as engineers at Codasip. We asked our female colleagues what it is like to be a woman engineer at Codasip. Annie, a hardware developer, Hana, a scrum master, and Dominika, an RTL Design Engineer, share their thoughts.
At Codasip we offer RISC-V based processor IP. RISC-V is changing the business model of the industry but also enabling the creation of innovative and unique products. But it is not just RISC-V. Along with a portfolio of best-in-class quality processors, we develop and offer Codasip Studio™. This unique technology, described in CodAL™, enables processor customization and design automation. Being a female engineer at Codasip means working on products and technology that make a difference, enabling Design for Differentiation. You contribute to shaping the future of the semiconductor industry.
For Dominika, working on innovative technologies in the RISC-V processor field is rewarding. We like to say that Codasip has been a long well-kept secret, but that it will no longer be. Dominika already noticed it. “When I joined 2 years ago, Codasip was very much a start-up. The potential of Codasip IP and technology is huge, the company and what we do has evolved a lot and I am curious to see how we will grow and where this will take us.” Innovating and shaping the future of Codasip is very exciting.
The people at Codasip make Codasip. With colleagues from different countries across Europe, the US, and China, diversity is part of our company identity. It brings a diversity of thoughts, ideas and experiences, creating a working environment that fosters individual and team development. For Hana, being given responsibilities and taking initiatives is important to grow. “As a scrum master, I help build self-managed teams and an agile culture in the company. We encourage collaboration, flexibility, initiatives and ultimately build high-value products around motivated and valued individuals.”
Flexible working is another thing our women engineers particularly appreciate. Flexibility at work can mean different things. For Annie, it is great to be able to do home office or adapt working hours. For Dominika, it is important to be able to adapt your role as the company evolves and as you develop as an individual. “I first joined the IP team and then switched to RTL design in the Studio team. This is closer to what I studied, worked on in the past, and wanted to develop at Codasip. I like that Codasip allowed me to find what I like and want to do”.
What’s also great about Codasip? The start-up spirit we manage to keep while being a growing, well-established company in a high-growth technology market.
It is not a secret, the number of women in tech is growing but is still far from impressive. Having more women in engineering will ultimately bring more women in engineering. And more female CTO, CEO, etc. But how do you inspire the younger generation?
When asked “What more can be done to promote greater participation of young women in engineering today?” in an EE World Online interview, Calista Redmond, CEO of RISC-V International, said: “The challenge we face as a society is that there is an impression that technology starts with a code on a computer. We need to reverse this ideology and start with thinking about the impact that technology can have.” Hana, our scrum master, would add that we must make sure the younger generation understands that what makes someone special is their personality, potential and way of thinking, rather than their diploma, age, or gender.
What makes someone special is their personality, potential and way of thinking, rather than their diploma, age, or gender.
RISC-V, processor customization and Design for Differentiation are the future of the semiconductor industry. One final thought from Annie: “If you are interested in CPU design, RISC-V technology and want to influence the impact that technology will have, then Codasip is the perfect company to be working at”. This aligns with the thoughts our CMO Rupert Baines shared in a blog post where he explains why it is the perfect time to join Codasip and be part of the RISC-V revolution.
September 13, 2021
Eighteen months ago, I said: “The rise of RISC-V offers us a tremendous platform for innovation and collaboration: it has the potential to change the business model of the entire industry.” I stand by that and indeed am demonstrating my conviction by joining the ranks of a company that’s not only changing the industry business model, but is significantly innovating in RISC-V.
Having taken UltraSoC to its exit (sold to Siemens in June 2020), I was on the lookout for the next opportunity. It didn’t take research to know I wanted to be part of RISC-V. And Codasip has an incredibly strong team I know and respect – having worked with them, via our partnership at UltraSoC, or having known through previous roles in the industry. I jumped at the opportunity to work with a European company in such a strong market position.
Codasip is like other RISC-V IP vendors in that we have a portfolio of standard cores for those who want a standard product. But we have something unique: the custom capabilities of Codasip Studio that take the open-market opportunities of RISC-V to a new level. This radically simplifies the task of differentiation and offering our customers the ability to embed unique features. This creates a virtual bridge for those companies who want the ecosystem of a standard ISA, but also want the flexibility of a custom-designed processor.
The industry momentum and interest in RISC-V continues to grow, unabated… in fact, with even more impetus. Why is this? Well, as I’ve long since preached (I’m told I preach!) since its inception, RISC-V has represented a fundamental shift in the industry – a shift in processor architecture that is only just starting.
Arm has transformed the industry and still (rightly) has a significant following for its architecture. But no-one can deny there are questions over where the company is heading and concern over the implications and longer-term design choices. That is opening up the market to the benefit of SoC designers and the industry as a whole – and, of course, to the benefit of alternative solutions like Codasip.
This is a timely opportunity for RISC-V. And Codasip, with its Studio platform, finds itself at the sweet spot: offering customers all the benefits of the open-standard RISC-V ecosystem combined with the ability to customize and differentiate their designs. This is the best of both worlds – offering a unique value to a significant portion of the market.
Codasip’s proposition means it already has excellent customer traction – it was one of the first companies to commercialize RISC-V IP – but the fact it remains (mostly) a well-kept secret is, from my point of view, a marketing dream come true and a challenge I relish!