Bram Nauta is professor of IC design at the University of Twente.

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Chip design: an inside look

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Bram Nauta takes a closer look at what makes IC designers tick.

If you’re a fan of technology, you may already be familiar with chip design. For those unfamiliar, chip design is the process of creating integrated circuits (ICs) that are used in computers, phones and other electronic devices. It’s a complex process and requires a lot of expertise and experience to get it right.

But what most people don’t know is that there’s a lot of fun to be had when it comes to chip design. For instance, when you’re designing a chip for a new device, it’s like playing a game of “guess what the user wants.” You have to think of all the possible features and functions the user might want and then design a chip that can do all of them. And then you have to make sure the chip works with all the other components in the device.

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