Trondheim has become a national center for hardware and embedded system firms. Competence within these areas of computer science can land you many job offers in the middle of Norway.
Professor Lasse Natvig, senior member of the Computer Architecture and Design research group at the department, is very pleased with the development of the hardware and embedded system industry in Trondheim.
Earlier this week Adressa.no published an article about Atmel Norway (in Norwegian). Their technology for mobile devices and tablets are in so high demand that they expect to increase the staff by 20-25 new positions this year. Atmel is producing technology for mobile devices like Nokia C7, HTC Desire Z and Samsung's Galaxy, to name a few.
ARM is another international firm with a Trondheim presence. ARM Trondheim started as Falanx Microsystems, which was acquired by ARM. The Trondheim office focuses on development of GPU technology. Read more about the GPU chip company and ARM's ties to NTNU in this article. The ARM Trondheim office also seeks new staff.
Another company with a Trondheim office is Nordic Semiconductor. They recently advertised 29 vacant positions in local newspapers. According to an E24 article from October 2010 Nordic Semiconductor's value increased by more than 300% last year, on Oslo Børs.
Arctic Silicon Devices (located in Trondheim), was acquired in January by Hittie Microwave for $12 millions according to this MassHighTech's article. Arctic Silicon Devices is a developer of advanced mixed-signal integrated circuit technology. Hittite officials stated that the employees and operations of Arctic Silicon will remain in Trondheim. Arctic Silicon Devices also seek hardware and embedded system competence.
Several of the jobs advertised are also software related. Knowledge in C/C++ programming, operating systems, micro controller programming, performance evaluation and green computing are all positive qualities.
Ikke nok ingeniører for Atmel (in Norwegian, Adressa.no)
Historical Look at the Makings of the Newest ARM Mali-T604 GPU (ARM)
Nordic Semiconductor tredobler resultatet (in Norwegian, E24)
Hittie Microwave buys Artic Silicon Devices for $12M (MassHighTech)