Senior Engineer I-Validation

San Jose, US

Req ID: 579-22

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Company Description

Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of embedded control applications. Our product portfolio comprises general purpose and specialized 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit microcontrollers, 32-bit microprocessors, field-programmable gate array (FPGA) products, a broad spectrum of high-performance linear, mixed-signal, power management, thermal management, radio frequency (RF), timing, safety, security, wired connectivity and wireless connectivity devices, as well as serial Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory (EEPROM), Serial Flash memories, Parallel Flash memories, and serial Static Random Access Memory (SRAM). We also license Flash-IP solutions that are incorporated in a broad range of products.

Job Description

Microchip has been consistently recognized as one of the best places to work by prestigious publications like Forbes, Bay Area News and Phoenix Business Journal. The FPGA Business Unit (formerly Actel, with a 35+ year uninterrupted legacy of providing programmable logic solutions) is one of the largest and most profitable BUs inside Microchip. We have revolutionized the FPGA industry with the industry’s most awarded FPGA families - the PolarFire FPGA family and the first RISC-V based PolarFire SoC, delivering class leading power efficiency, reliability and security. With this portfolio, we have enabled commercial applications like the world’s most innovative AI-enabled embedded vision and smart automation products, the world’s most secure and reliable 5G communications networks, as well as the world’s most sophisticated aerospace products that have delivered payloads to Mars and beyond. If you are looking to be a part of a team that is transforming the world of low power compute whilst delivering exceptional top line growth rates, you will be challenged to find a better place to contribute, grow your career and learn to deliver truly remarkable solutions.

Microchip SoC Products Group is looking for a talented, passionate and creative individual to join our new product development team. You will help create methodologies to define and support characterization of the next generation FPGA and SoC products.

  • Development of methodologies for silicon validation and characterization
  • Characterization of a wide range of IP including Digital High speed Serial peripherals and memory interfaces, PLL, DSP, FPGAs and embedded processors
  • Firmware development for SOC characterization
  • Verification of Microchip SOC timing and Power analysis tools
  • Correlation of pre-silicon results with silicon measurements
  • Characterization planning, specification and documentation

Job Requirements


  • BS/MS/PhD EE or equivalent
  • 4+ years of experience in product characterization with emphasis FPGAs
  • 3+ years of experience working in a laboratory environment, hands-on experience with using lab equipment such as logic analyzers, spectrum analyzers, scopes, function generators, compliance testing
  • 3+ years of experience with automated characterization flows to maximize use of equipment
  • 3+ years of experience with FPGAs design development and flows
  • Working knowledge of at least 1 of the following languages: Java, Visual Basic, C/C++
  • Fluent in Verilog or VHDL
  • Solid functional and technical skills
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and debug skills
  • Excellent communication, documentation and presentation skills
  • Must have strong self learning ability, leadership, and enjoy working in teams
  • Initiative, self-motivated, self-confident, self-driven, self-learning, always striving for excellence, Commitment

Preferred Skills:

  • Familiarity with ATE testing for IO DC parametric and timing characterization is a strong advantage
  • Knowledge of JTAG protocol highly desirable
  • Experience with Programming/software in C/C++ & Firmware Development: 8051 and ARM is desirable
  • Working knowledge of SOC Architectures is a plus
  • Analog and mixed signal circuit design. Working experience with analog and/or digital systems is an advantage
  • Knowledge of FPGA design synthesis and routing associated with Microchip (Libero), Xilinx (Vivado), or Altera (Quartus) tools
  • Working knowledge of FPGA design flows with a focus on timing and power analysis tools
  • Working knowledge of ASIC and/or FPGA design flow, VHDL or Verilog
  • Experience in PCB design and understanding of signal integrity issues


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