About Campacasa

Peter KamphuisWho is “Campacasa”?

So you want to know who I am? May I introduce… Peter Kamphuis.

You may have recognized, “Campacasa” is just a spanish- or italian-like version of my family name “Kamphuis”. Which for itself is a typical Dutch name. Yes, I'm Dutch. I grew up in the south of the Netherlands, in Oosterhout. But, I'm living in Germany since many years already. In southern Germany, in München (Munich) to be more exact.

For any enqueries about this website you can contact me by email at: webmaster(at)campacasa(dot)eu

Why “Campacasa”?

Well, that goes back to the year 1995. On July 24th, at work, I got a mail from my colleague Karsten S. It was one of a series of funny mails in which several colleagues appeared, at a time that a move of our department was planned to another nearby location. This episode was playing at Sicily, Italy in the early 1920's and instead of using the real names of the colleagues, Italian names were used. Guess who was meant with “Campacasa”. Well, and I was looking for a suitable name for my website. You may as well interprete the “casa” part as “house” or “home”, homepage thus…

Probably the story is only interesting for insiders of Siemens Semiconductor Group, or now Infineon Technologies and Intel Deutschland, in Munich. Those may also recognize several of the other (former) colleagues in the story.

.eu = Europe

In January 2007 I got my .eu domain. Why .eu? Well, I'm Dutch, I'm living in Germany, I'm having a French girlfriend, … That sounds more European than just a single country. I thought that .eu is more suitable than .nl, .de, .fr or whatever.

A Dutchman in Germany?

That was not planned ahead. In 1987 I did part of the practical year, as part of my studies (at HTS Breda), at Siemens in Munich. At that time the division where I worked was called “Unternehmensbereich Bauelemente” (“Components Division”). A good year later, in 1988, I returned for a few more months of temporary work until I needed to do my military services in the Netherlands. The division was renamed to “Halbleiter” (“Semiconductors”) meanwhile. My colleagues at work asked me whether I didn't want to return as regular employee. Being not too happy with my time spent at the military services I decided: Why not?! Well, and here I am, since March 1990. And I still am. In April 1999 the Siemens Semiconductor Group was spun off from the big Siemens company and continued as Infineon Technologies. Then in February 2011 the Wireless Business Division (doing the mobile telephone chips) of Infineon was taken over by Intel as “Intel Mobile Communications”. Together with other colleagues from one of the central Infineon departments I have joined Intel, one of the world's largest semiconductor chip makers. Meanwhile the IMC group was taken over again by Apple, but I'm still at Intel (“Intel Deutschland GmbH”). Conveniently we're still at the same site as Infineon, at Campeon, just south of Munich in Neubiberg.

Thank you Bruno, Marcel, Reinhard, Ulf, Günther, Christiane, Sepp, Thanh, Michael, Klaus, … for making my first stays at Siemens so interesting!

Siemens, Infineon, Intel, Semiconductors and Chips…

Chip development thus. I'm not developing chips by myself, I'm more working in the area of providing a design system for those who develop the chips. My specialty used to be logic synthesis and related topics. Meanwhile it's more about providing design flow support for external foundry technologies, which are also used by Intel, next to their own technologies.

Being introduced to 2µm and 1.5µm technologies a long time ago, today 10nm and less are state-of-the-art. 10nm, that's a gate length of 0.010µm or 0.000010mm! Imagine how many gates (transistors) fit on a small chip.

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