Achronix is a privately held fabless corporation based in Santa Clara, California and offers high-performance FPGA solutions. Achronix's history is one of pushing the boundaries in the high-performance FPGA market. Achronix offerings include programmable FPGA fabrics, discrete high-performance and high-density FPGAs with hardwired system-level blocks, data center and HPC hardware accelerator boards, and best-in-class EDA software supporting all Achronix products.

Position Profile Name: SerDes and SI and PI Applications Engineer
Requisition No.: 7800-1008
Type of Position: Regular, Exempt
Reports to: Sr. Director of Product Applications
Location: Santa Clara, California

Job Description/Responsibilities

  • Ownership of the 112G SerDes PMA and PCS configurations for all Achronix products, with the immediate focus being the Speedster7t FPGA family.
  • Drive cross-functional bring-up, validation, characterization, support and documentation efforts of the SerDes made available on the Speedster7t devices and boards.
  • Support engineering teams and third-party vendors in running pre-Silicon SI/PI simulations to ensure that target operation specs can be met at the die, package and board level, and collect data post-Silicon to validate findings.
  • Work with the Achronix software team to implement and verify appropriate the SerDes macros/configurations for ACE users.
  • Generate bring-up and reference designs, including simulation support, to showcase SerDes operation, loss profiles and capabilities at different data rates.
  • Provide a high-level of technical support to resolve challenging customer issues with a focus on, but not limited to, SerDes and SI/PI.
  • Participate in road-mapping and planning discussions for SerDes and SI/PI in future Achronix products.

Required Skills

  • Expert in 112G SerDes PMA and PCS architectures and applications, with PAM4 and NRZ implementations.
  • Knowledge of protocol IP – specifically PCIe Gen3/4/CCIX and 10G/40G/100G/400G Ethernet, and how SerDes need to be set up to work in such cases.
  • Strong understanding of signal integrity and power integrity concepts, specifically as they pertain to SerDes implementation and verification at the die, package and board-level.
  • Proficient in technical writing, including characterization reports, user guides, test/verification plans and spreadsheet based analyses.
  • Experience with FPGA implementations and programming, specifically pertaining to SerDes and protocols.
  • Good communication skills and ability to multi-task.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in EE, CE or equivalent work experience
  • At least five years’ experience working on SerDes PMA/PCS bring-up, validation, characterization and debug.
  • Expert with lab test equipment, specifically those needed for SerDes validation and characterization – oscilloscopes, function generators, logic analyzers, BERTs, backplanes, etc.
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