Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
This page is probably better titled rarely asked questions (RAQ) but who would actually call it that?
I am Kostas Pagiamtzis I consult in analog IC design via Convex IC Inc.
Convex IC Inc. is geared towards analog custom design for integrated circuits (chips) as opposed to PCB-level design. My recent expertise and experience is in the design of high-speed broadband (wireline) circuits called SerDes and associated peripheral circuits. Reaching further into the past my expertise includes memory (SRAM) and digital custom design. I specifically exclude RTL-based synthesis and associated physical design. I can advise on how to interface with digital circuits and digital teams but actual RTL-based design advise is best handled by experts in that field.
The name stands for Convex Integrated Circuits (IC) but including the entire phrase “integrated circuits” is too long a name for a company. The convex part is in reference to Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s idea of convexity; probabilistic payoffs that cost a small amount over time (like my services) but have explosive payoff (like my advice)!.
I am open to limited-time and limited-scope engagements only, with one year being the absolute limit. If I can help you in an few days, a week, or a month, then I am happy to do so. I am also open to periodic or sporadic engagements. Need me for a week next month and a week in three months? No problem, as long as my schedule can accommodate it. At this time, I do not charge retainers or nor require minimum commitments.
I do not reveal client identities unless my activities with the client encompass marketing/publicity or I have specific permission. The semiconductor industry is default secretive and many clients do not want to be publicly named. You can find some information on my LinkedIn posts.