Designs on leading the mobile revolution

Telecommunications firm TTPCom is recruiting engineers to design the increasingly sophisticated chips needed to cope with advances in mobile telephony.

Mobiles are fast becoming more like hand-held computers than traditional phones. To keep pace with this revolution, telecommunications firm TTPCom is recruiting engineers to design the increasingly sophisticated chips needed to cope with the advances.

The company is looking for around 60 telecommunications engineers to design software and hardware for mobile phones, said human resources spokeswoman Tamsin-Jane Sewell.

TTPCom licenses its software, chip designs and technology to semiconductor manufacturers and mobile phone makers, who then build their own products. The company’s designs are now in a quarter of the world’s mobile phones, she said. The company designs products for use in Bluetooth equipment and GSM and GPRS phones, and is developing 3G technology.

But despite the recent attention surrounding 3G mobile phones, engineers at TTPCom are already working on 4G technology. ‘This is one step up from 3G. It will have better graphics, and more condensed information. We are basically trying to fit all the software found in a normal computer into a mobile phone,’ said Sewell.

TTPCom is hoping to recruit engineers with a background in electronics, software and telecommunications hardware, but will also consider professionals from other disciplines.

Engineers from TTPCom’s UK sites travel to the US and Singapore, as well as Denmark where the company designs advanced games for use on mobile phones.

The firm also recruits engineers from Australia and India, and is proud of the multicultural environment it has created at its Cambridge base, she said.

Cambridge is often seen as an attractive, blue chip environment in which to work, making it easier for the firm to recruit skilled engineers to the area, said Sewell.

The recent slump in the telecoms and computer industries has led to a significant number of redundancies in those sectors, which has also added to the pool of engineers from which the company can recruit. ‘But highly qualified and senior people can still be difficult to find,’ Sewell added.