SOC Debug Architect

Location: Austin, Texas, US

Company: Advanced Micro Devices

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At AMD, we push the boundaries of what is possible.  We believe in changing the world for the better by driving innovation in high-performance computing, graphics, and visualization technologies – building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms, and the data center. 

Developing great technology takes more than talent: it takes amazing people who understand collaboration, respect, and who will go the “extra mile” to achieve unthinkable results.  It takes people who have the passion and desire to disrupt the status quo, push boundaries, deliver innovation, and change the world.   If you have this type of passion, we invite you to take a look at the opportunities available to come join our team.

SOC Debug Architect - 167481


The Role:


With AMD's Client engineering teams, you will be exposed to the world’s best Desktop/PC and Mobile CPU, GPU and APU processors for accelerated system computing power. As an AMD Client Engineer you will have visibility to cutting edge multi-layered security features, H-Series processors optimized for gamers and creators, and U-Series processors optimized for thin and light notebooks. In addition, you will learn how AMD achieves unprecedented performance and battery life with 7nm “Zen 3” core architecture. Zen is delivering a 19% IPC and up to 26% gaming performance generational uplift, with power efficiency up to 2.8X greater than the performance-per-watt of our competition. Come join our world class client engineering team providing rapid career growth advancement, and access to cutting edge client technologies, through its year over year record-breaking market share, product performance and revenue gains!



In this position the SOC Debug Architect will work with the system debug and validation team responsible for executing post-silicon validation testing.  The SOC Debug Architect will define and implement tools that help us to pinpoint functional failures.  The SOC Debug Architect will also assist in the root cause of system level failures promoting the use of our tools and training the extended team how to make best use of them.


The Person: Passion for debug is a key trait for a successful candidate for this job. Experience solving difficult problems, good understanding of computer architecture and passion for driving solutions. 




The SOC Debug Architect will need a working understanding of SOC internal IP blocks, SOC internal architecture, service micro-controllers, system power management features, and IO interfaces such as PCIE4 and USB4.

  • Work will be focused on the debug tools enablement team that supports debug activities through the construction of tools and automation components
  • Study our new SOC designs and invent methods to characterize and inspect our IP blocks
  • Create new methods to study a failed system and deduce if specific IP blocks are healthy or suspect of having encountered functional failure
  • Responsible for the construction of analysis libraries to be executed within our automated failure analysis distributed application
  • Supervise and maintain proper functionality of your libraries, assisting in consultation of failure data output, and enabling the extended team
  • Assist in specific critical debug efforts/tiger teams make the best use of debugging analysis tools
  • Field questions from validation and debug engineers and support the general use of our failure analysis tools
  • Assist in implementation, execution, and debug of the infrastructure using (but not limited to) the components in Preferred Experience section.
  • Opportunity to learn AMD’s JTAG Python API interfaces




  • Strong understanding of system management via command-line interface
  • Experience with test development (for firmware, device drivers, and/or kernel)
  • Experience with development and deployment of automated test suites
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong Python programming skills
  • Familiarity with both Unix and Windows software environments a plus
  • Familiarity with continuous-integration best practices a plus
  • Experience with C/C++ a plus
  • Jenkins and git a plus
  • JSON data manipulation and structured database APIs a plus
  • Regular expressions a plus
  • Rest API interfaces a plus




  • Bachelor’s degree + 9 years of experience
  • Master’s degree + 7 years of experience
  • PhD degree + 5 years of experience
  • Preferred major of study Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science
  • Preferred years of experience in SOC Design, SOC Verification, System Validation, and/or System Level Debug




  • Austin, TX




Requisition Number: 167481 
Country: United States State: Texas City: Austin 
Job Function: Design

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