Silicon Design Engineer 1

Location: Ft Collins, Colorado, US

Company: Advanced Micro Devices

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CPU Core Verification Design Engineer

The Role:

Provide technical expertise for execution on the functional verification strategy for next generation microprocessor designs. Maintain and improve existing functional verification methodology. Improve existing infrastructure. Work on related projects and/or assignments as needed, to meet team goals. Perform project definition, training, and documentation. Develop quality, timely and efficient solutions independently. Work with architects and TG/PG RTL/Designers. Develop an effective working relationship with parties involved.


The Person:

A successful person in this role would be able to work in a collaborative team environment working with the RTL designers and other Verification Engineers to find creative ways to accelerate the identification of functional defects in an RTL model of a CPU design.  


Key Responsibilities:

  • Perform Functional and Design for Test feature verification of high-speed Microprocessor designs, including development of infrastructure, directed and random test suites at behavioral RTL and gate design levels across SoC, Core and block hierarchies.
  • Develop environments, infrastructure and test plans to accommodate both full chip and stand alone
  • Block level verification and debug capabilities using simulation tools, debug tools and programming skills, based on in depth understanding of the architecture and HDL/logical design of the microprocessor.
  • Participate in development of formal verification techniques.
  • Develop an automated regression infrastructure setup for functional verification of high-speed microprocessor designs.
  • Based on detailed understanding of the design architecture, develop, run and debug x86 assembly based directed tests and random exercisers to validate functionality and testability operation of the microprocessor design using C/C++/Perl/assembly programming, logic design and simulation skill set.
  • Resolve all simulation discrepancies and assertion responses for both behavioral and gate level logic models.
  • Measure and analyze coverage terms, address exposed weaknesses to meet design/project quality objectives.
  • Develop infrastructure for pattern generation used in post silicon device validation and characterization.
  • When presented with post-silicon issues, replicate design responses using pre-silicon infrastructure and provide debug expertise to ensure complete validation and characterization success.
  • Drive project work/dependencies with cross-discipline/site RTL, DFT and Implementation design teams along with product manufacturing teams.


Preferred Experience:

  • Strong understanding of modern CPU architecture - prior experience verifying shared cache, last level cache and related IPs, out-of-order execution units or Floating-Point data-paths and control a plus.
  • Proven experience with C++ and STL, and scripting languages including Ruby, Perl, or Python
  • Experience with programming in a Unix/Linux environment
  • Strong object-oriented programming skills
  • Familiarity with x86 programming
  • Proven expertise with Verilog HDL. Confirmed programming proficiency in x86 assembly, C/C++ and Perl languages along with strong logic simulation competence.
  • Proven solid understanding of modern computer architecture including thorough DFT feature
  • Knowledge with JTAG -1149.x, Memory, Logic and I/O Built-In-Self-Test(BIST) and Scan design(LSSD/MuxD) structures and protocol.
  • Familiarity with CMOS transistor design and deep sub-micron logic and memory fault models, including fault simulation techniques.
  • Prior experience with verification techniques of microprocessors/ASIC designs
  • Proven understanding of modern design verification methodology


Academic Credentials:

  • MS in EE/CE



Fort Collins, CO


Requisition Number: 80268 
Country: United States State: Colorado City: Ft Collins 
Job Function: Design


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