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Nick Trompert

Nick Trompert is Talent 101’s Marketing Manager. He is responsible for connecting with the best engineering and information technology talent and resources in the world. He is one of the founders of Talent 101 and joined full time after college. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from Tabor College.
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An Introduction to AMD's Performance Mobile APUs

Posted on July 9, 2014 by Nick Trompert

The best semiconductor professionals know how important it is to be on top of what's happening in the industry. For you to be the best at what you do, you want to be aware of the work your colleagues are performing as well.

With that in mind, we'll be helping to cover company news and product updates for businesses making a splash in the semiconductor industry, starting today with AMD's new performance mobile Accelerated Processing Units (APU).

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How LinkedIn Groups Can Help You Boost Your Semiconductor Career

Posted on May 5, 2014 by Nick Trompert

LinkedIn is no longer a tool for the savviest of job seekers. A LinkedIn presence has become a basic necessity for anyone with career aspirations. While there was a time when simply having a LinkedIn profile could help set an ambitious person apart from the competition, now it's important to take some extra steps to get a professional leg up using LinkedIn.

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A Bright Future for Texas Instruments

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Nick Trompert

Recently, the demand for chips that convert analog signals to digital ones has increased mainly because of the wide use of cellular networks. Texas Instruments is considered one of the largest producers of analog semiconductors and it is benefiting from the increased demand of cellular networks. Due to such rise in demands, it is predicted that Texas Instruments will perform better than its performance in the first quarter.

Analysts have predicted that Texas Instruments will observe earnings per share of around 50 cents and total revenue of $3 billion. These estimates can be understated since the increased demand for cellular networks and the chips have not been accounted for. On the other hand, some analysts have stated that it is possible that the company might meet these predictions and give an even better performance. It has been said that Texas Instruments will be able to get earnings per share of more than 60 cents while the revenue should be around $3.5 billion. If these figures are really met, then it would prove that Texas Instruments has taken full advantage of being in a booming market.

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TI's BeagleBone Black

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Nick Trompert

(Image via T.I.)

The BeagleBone Black has been one of the popular low-cost ARM development boards coming out of Texas Instruments in recent months for budget-minded hobbyists due to its $45 price-tag, being Linux friendly, and support for powering off a USB cable. The BeagleBone Black launched in Q2'2013 with the AM335x.

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Austin, TX vs Silicon Valley: Who will reign supreme?

Posted on February 20, 2014 by Nick Trompert

Silicon Valley is still the Holy Grail for tech business, but Austin is now emerging as a new destination of choice for tech startups as well as larger enterprise companies and for several reasons. Austin now hosts a healthy mix of larger companies and savvy entrepreneurs coming in droves from California, New York and other tech hotbeds. Private investors are often surprised at the number of seasoned executives operating here, but the truth is that Austin has grown into one of the nation’s go-to spots for startups and large players alike, and a market for high-growth companies to thrive.

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Why is there large growth of the Electronic Industry in Texas?

Posted on February 4, 2014 by Nick Trompert

What electronics company buys the most semiconductors? Here’s a hint: The computer company that’s selling the most computer gadgets is the likely answer. And if you guessed Apple, you’d be right. Texas is home to more than 1,200 different electronics companies, top of the list are Apple, Samsung Electronics Dell, and Texas Instruments Education Technology group to name a few. It is no wonder that Texas currently sits at #2 with over 200,000 people employed in the electronics’ industry. Most of the growth is happening in Austin, TX. This is because of companies like Apple with their $300+ million investment in there Austin facility and Samsung’s $4+ billion investment into the Austin Fab. There must be something great in the water down there because analyst are predicting another 30%+ business surge more Austin this year . More electronics companies will be looking to make Austin home than any other place in America.

Do you think Austin could replace the Silicon Valley in 10 years’ time?

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Why is Texas Rated No. 1 in Semiconductor Capital investment in the US?

Posted on January 29, 2014 by Nick Trompert

Over the year we have followed many discussions about capital investments that semiconductor companies have made in the US, particular in what state and why they picked a particular state. In reviewing the spending of semiconductor companies in the past two years, we see Texas rated number 1 in capital investment. A wide range of reasons are given why semiconductor companies pick Texas and are making it their home sweet home.

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How Students can take advantage of LinkedIn University

Posted on October 17, 2013 by Nick Trompert

LinkedIn recently announced LinkedIn University Pages which is a new section of the social network site dedicated to building professional networks. One of the key functions of LinkedIn University is to provide a resource for high school students who are making the important decision of where they want to attend college. It also provides current students with the ability to connect with alumni and employers to apply for internships and full time positions.

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Why You Should Be an Engineering Major

Posted on July 1, 2013 by Nick Trompert

For many years, college has been seen as the path to a brighter future. That mantra still applies, but since the onset of the recent recession, it comes with more qualifiers. According to the College Board, students attending public schools are typically leaving college with over $20,000 in debt. Those who choose to splurge on a private college are stuck with over $40,000 to pay back. If those numbers seem hard to wrap your head around before graduation, they’ll seem especially staggering when you start getting the bills.

College debt is a very big issue that should be taken into consideration when you’re planning your future, but it doesn’t need to be a deterrent for getting a college education. Even though the job market for graduates is competitive, it’s still better for those with a college education than it is for those without. You can increase your odds considerably by thinking carefully about the decisions you make in college that will help you find profitable work once you finish.

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What You Need to Know About Social Media As a College Student

Posted on June 17, 2013 by Nick Trompert

For most college students, social media sites are a common destination in between classes, and maybe occasionally during them as well. While you may be confident your comfort in using social media goes well beyond that of most businesspeople, have you really started thinking seriously yet about how social media can be used to influence your job prospects after graduation?

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