HW Physical Design, Core Technology

San Jose, CA | Direct Hire

Post Date: 09/29/2017 Job ID: 6004 Industry: Software/Hardware

The employee will work on the design, implementation, and characterization of full-custom, high-performance digital logic in 14nm/16nm and below.  The employee will share responsibilities across design and verification, but focus on physical implementation using industry-standard place-and-route tools. His or her responsibilities will include the following:

  • Assist in the physical design of several fabric IP using industry standard place-and-route tools (RTL to GDS)
  • Collaborate with other members of the team to optimize our physical design and verification methodologies
  • Estimate the power, performance, and area of RTL blocks both before and after physical implementation
  • Develop design methodologies and guidelines for each process node
  • Work closely with foundry employees on process development, customer support, EDA, reliability, test, and product qualification
  • Develop automated processes for block-level and system-level verification


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Comfortable programming in a scripting language (e.g., Python or Perl) and writing full programs from scratch (e.g., 5000+ lines of code)
  • Comfortable designing/maintaining flows and methodologies from scratch
  • Experience with digital VLSI design
  • Experience reading and writing RTL (e.g., Verilog)
  • Experience running SPICE simulations
  • Experience with commercial ASIC CAD tools (e.g., DC, ICC, PrimeTime)
  • Experience with commercial CAD flows (LVS, DRC, simulation,)
  • Familiarity with object-oriented programming concepts is a plus
  • Familiarity with revision-control systems (e.g., perforce, git) is a plus
  • Familiarity with using and/or designing FPGAs is a plus
  • Familiarity with hardware protocols such as Ethernet, PCIe, and DDR3/4 is a plus
  • Excellent debugging skills
  • Well organized, punctual, and excellent communication skills
  • BS/MS in electrical engineering or computer science +2-5 years experience

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