Serdes Protocols Applications Engineer

Santa Clara, CA

Posted: 07/22/2019 Employment Type: Direct Hire Industry: Semiconductor Job Number: JOS000008808

Job Description

Job Description/Responsibilities 

  • Ownership of the hard and soft protocol IP used in company products. 
  • Drive cross-functional bring-up, validation, support and documentation efforts of the SerDes and protocol solutions on the Speedster7t devices and boards. The protocols include PCIe Gen3/4/CCIX and 400G Ethernet. 
  • Plan, drive, implement and publish interoperability results for company protocol IP and work with customers to deploy similar solutions on their own systems. 
  • Work with the company software team to implement and verify appropriate protocol macros/configurations for ACE (Company CAD Environment) users. 
  • Generate bring-up and reference designs, including simulation support, to highlight protocol use-models and demonstrate performance to customers. 
  • Provide a high-level of technical support to resolve challenging customer issues with a focus on, but not limited to, SerDes and protocol IP. 
  • Participate in road-mapping and planning discussions for SerDes and protocols in future company products. 


  • Expert knowledge of protocol IP with emphasis on, but limited to, PCIe Gen3/4/CCIX and 10G/40G/100G/400G Ethernet. 
  • Understanding of other protocols including Interlaken, FibreChannel and JESD204 is a plus. 
  • Proficient in technical writing, including user guides, test/verification plans and spreadsheet based analyses. 
  • Strong logic design and verification background with experience in STA. 
  • Experience with FPGA implementations and programming, specifically pertaining to SerDes and protocols. 
  • Verilog expertise; System Verilog and VHDL knowledge is a plus. 
  • Good communication skills and ability to multi-task 


  • At least 5 years’ experience working on protocol IP bring-up, validation and debug. 
  • Expert with lab test equipment, specifically those needed for protocol IP validation, characterization and compliance – oscilloscopes, function generators, logic analyzers, BERTs, backplanes, interposers etc. 


Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in EE, CE or equivalent work experience 

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