Spring 2023 Co-Op/ Intern

Location: Santa Clara, California, 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.

What you do at AMD changes everything 

AMD is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its ground-breaking AMD Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) which power a wide range of computing devices. AMD's server computing products are focused on driving industry-leading cloud computing and virtualization environments. AMD's superior graphics technologies are found in a variety of solutions ranging from game consoles, PCs to supercomputers.


Now is the time to unleash your knowledge and show the world what you can really do. Make your education count by coming to work at AMD. As a Co-op student, you can make an immediate contribution to AMD's next generation of technology innovations. We have a dynamic, high-energy work environment, filled with expert employees, and unique opportunities for developing your career. With AMD, you can get hands-on experience that will give you a competitive edge in the workforce. You can put classroom theory into practice and get an inside look at AMD's technical teams, work style, and culture.


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x86 Cores Physical Design Co-op

The Role

The AMD Silicon Valley Cores Design Team is seeking a student to take ownership of physical design systems responsible for driving success within a next generation Zen CPU core for future iterations of Epyc™ servers and Ryzen™ desktop/notebook computers.  The student will have opportunities to directly collaborate with experts across various aspects of the CPU design flow, from RTL design to tape-out in the most advanced process nodes.  The student will work with the most experienced expert to investigate, develop, and deploy new techniques for creating high speed and low power logic designs.


What you’ll be doing

  • Utilize computer hardware, computer architecture, and digital systems concepts to design and build new CPU design – including engagement with a variety of engineer users
  • Expand CPU physical design knowledge with hands-on on construction of the Synthesis, Place and Route flow using latest industrial tools.
  • Apply backend knowledge in collaboration with design experts to fix electrical issues including noise, Electron Migration, IR.


What you’ll learn

  • A big picture understanding of CPU design at multiple levels including -
    • experience in the process of bringing up a high-performance CPU, likely at various stages of development
    • insight into various domains of high speed and low power logic design through direct collaboration with design experts
    • understanding of how designs in development are linked to existing and future unannounced products that drive AMD’s overall strategy
  • An extensive network of peers across various expertise and at several AMD sites; many opportunities to seek advice in developing your future career
  • Experience in hardware design system ownership typically reserved for senior engineers – and the task management and communication skills associated with such a role



  • Basic electrical engineering principles
  • VLSI circuit design
  • High speed logic design and synthesis 
  • Tool-driven place and route
  • Verilog
  • Low power design techniques
  • Gate-level design/verification
  • Timing analysis and optimization
  • Electrical reliability analysis and physical design
  • Experience with tool scripting (e.g. Python/TCL)



Requisition Number: 175602 
Country: United States State: California City: Santa Clara 
Job Function: Student/ Intern/ Temp

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