Silicon Design Engineer 2 - 163137

Location: Markham, Ontario, CA

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.





Founded in 1969 as a Silicon Valley start-up, the AMD journey began with dozens of employees focused on leading-edge semiconductor products. From those modest beginnings, AMD has grown into a global company setting the standard for modern computing through major technological achievements and many important industry firsts along the way.

Rooted in an innovation-driven culture, AMD employees collaborate every day to maximize the potential of modern computing, utilizing semiconductor innovation to transform how people live, work, learn and play.

Today, AMD offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of leadership high-performance and adaptive processor technologies, combining CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, Adaptive SoCs and deep software expertise to enable leadership computing platforms for cloud, edge and end devices.


We aim to build great products that accelerate next-generation computing experiences. And we plan to achieve this through building great teams focused on innovation, developing solutions to complex problems and fostering a collaborative culture.





Graphics Core IP is responsible for reading command packets that the graphics driver populates in memory, decoding them and then doing tessellation, lighting, rasterization, blending, depth detection, anti-aliasing amongst a variety of calculations to determine the final pixel color value that will be stored in memory, eventually to be read and displayed on a screen. We are also accelerating modern algorithms such as ray tracing and may be used for general compute, including ML/AI acceleration as well. Our team gets high level guidance from architecture and product definition teams, and then produces microarchitecture specifications, develops the design logic, and carries out the pre-silicon design verification until code freeze. In this capacity, we interact with architecture, physical design, project management, post-silicon bring-up and diagnostic teams, and occasionally software teams as well. Our team is not responsible for Physical Design, i.e. things such as placement and routing. However, we do closely work with PD to achieve things such as timing closure, area and power targets.


The Graphics Core IP hardware development department is more than 1,000 engineers spread across multiple different geographies. It has several different subsystem development teams, system level verification teams, physical design team as well as a graphics IP specific project management team. Needless to say, Graphics is one of the most valuable IPs that AMD owns and also one of the largest, most interesting and complex IPs in the GPU.


The immediate team is about 15 engineers across different levels of experience and we part of one of the subsystem development (digital design and verification) groups.






As a Design Verification Engineer, you will work with leading industry tools and design/verification concepts to assist in developing the design, verification and infrastructure components of a variety of digital design blocks which are a part of the Graphics Core IP (GFXIP) at AMD.  You will work closely with senior design and verification engineers to help develop a testplan for pre-silicon Digital Design Verification, assist in the development of a testbench to exercise the design, develop test-cases based on the testplan and coverpoints/assertions to achieve verification closure. You will also manage, and monitor regression runs for different blocks, report bugs/failures that occur, and actively debug the failures found.


A project usually has a year timeline and there are many products that the GFXIP is deployed into, including main-stream, mobile, workstation, machine-intelligence GPUs, APUs and gaming consoles.



The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in Computer Architecture, Digital Logic Design and Verification and should strive to continuously learn on the job.  Excellent communication, organization and teamwork skills are paramount, as is the ability to identify and tackle different problems with diligence, whether it is a tool, flow or process issue, or a logic design and verification issue. You should be able strike a balance between collaborative problem-solving and independent solution development.   



  • Design Verification of digital design blocks:
    • Help create a test plan that outlines required verification work for project.
    • Produce verification code that tests RTL design functionality using UVM (Digital design verification framework built using SystemVerilog) as per test plan.
    • Write cover points to make sure verification items are properly exercised.
    • Work on necessary debugging of verification code; fix tests to hit cover points if coverage is failing.
    • Use Formal Verification techniques as needed.
  • Manage and monitor regressions (regular repeated runs of same set of mostly random tests) for team’s blocks and fix errors in failing tests.
  • Generate and analyze coverage reports to ensure exhaustive verification of the design and all possible end-cases.
  • Write and edit csh, perl, python or ruby scripts to automate verification.
  • Regular review and sign-off of design verifcation work at key project milestones.



  • Solid fundamental understanding of Computer Architecture and Digital Design concepts.
  • Strong background in OOP coding techniques.
  • Exposure to Verilog or SystemVerilog.
  • Familiarity with scripting languages: perl or tcl or ruby or Bash or python, etc.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.



  • Will get an understanding of how TLBs, data caches, data transfer protocols, data compression algorithms, threading, pipelining, timing analysis, and other computer architecture concepts are used in commercial ASIC design and verification.
  • Opportunity to learn end to end Graphics Accelerator Pipeline and Graphics rendering concepts such as rasterization and ray tracing
  • Will build expertise in Verilog, SystermVerilog, and OOP techniques used in complex design development.
  • Universal Verification Methodology (UVM), and SystemVerilog Assertion Based Verifcation (ABV).
  • Exposure to Formal Verification Techniques.
  • Work with sophisticated industry standard tools such as Synosys VCS, Verdi, VC Formal, etc.
  • Be directly involved in the development of next-generation computer products.
  • Develop communication skills further in a professional environment; meet and connect with industry experts and professionals



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer, Electrical, Mechatronics Engineering or Engineering Science or similar


LOCATION: Markham, ON Canada



Requisition Number: 163137 
Country: Canada Province: Ontario City: Markham 
Job Function:Design


AMD is an inclusive employer dedicated to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates and will accommodate applicants’ needs under the respective provincial human rights codes throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Any applicant who requires accommodation should contact

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