CPU Core Microcode Design Engineer - 118968

Location: Boxborough, Massachusetts, US

Company: Advanced Micro Devices

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What you do at AMD changes everything 

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.

The Role:

As a Microcode Design Engineer, you will have a unique opportunity to build the bridge between AMD’s CPU hardware and the x86 Instruction Set Architecture.  You will work in an experienced, skilled, and motivated engineering team with a track record of success. As a member of the Cores design team, you will work on the leading edge of processor architecture and collaborate with the Performance Modeling, Design Verification, Physical Design, and Post-Silicon Teams to make AMD’s ambitious future CPU roadmap a reality.

The Person:

The successful candidate will possess strong problem-solving and debugging skills; excellent communication and documentation skills; is creative, self-motivated, and able to work comfortably in a cross-site team environment. Does this describe you? If so, then join us!

Key Responsibilities:

  • You will be a key technical contributor on a team enabling high performance, high frequency, and power efficiency on caches, fabrics, and interfaces of our server, desktop, and laptop CPUs.
  • Design and implement microcode for AMD’s x86 next-generation microprocessors. This includes all aspect of design: investigation, developing algorithms, creating technical documents, writing microcode, support, etc.
  • Work across various teams at AMD supporting microcode including Architecture, Logic Design, Design Verification, Performance Modeling, and Post-Silicon Validation and Debug.
  • Participate and contribute as a member of the broader AMD microcode community to develop the microcode roadmap, improve efficiency, boost performance, maintain security, and help where needed.

Preferred Experience:

  • Detailed knowledge of one or more Instruction Set Architectures (ISAs). Comfortable with assembly programming.
  • Experience writing low level software such as microcode, firmware, BIOS, etc.
  • Background in one or more aspects of microprocessor design: Architecture, Logic Design, Physical Design, Performance Modeling, Design Verification, etc.
  • Comfort with scripting such as Perl, Python, Ruby, Shell, Tcl, etc. Familiarity with writing parsers (Lex/Yacc, Flex/Bison) is a plus.
  • Post-Silicon validation or debug experience.
  • Experience in clocking, reset, power-up sequences and power management is desired.

Academic Credentials:

  • Master’s or PhD degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering or Computer Science, with experience in microprocessor design and microarchitecture



AMD is a government contractor and subcontractor. As required by Executive Order, our US employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s work location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by December 8, 2021. AMD will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request an exception from this requirement if you have a need for a religious and/or medical accommodation.



Requisition Number: 118968 
Country: United States State: Massachusetts City: Boxborough 
Job Function: Design


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