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.

The Core Technology team at Achronix owns the reconfigurable fabric (look-up tables, routing, configuration memory, carry chains, register files, multipliers, etc.) for our company’s FPGAs.  Members of our team participate in all phases of the FPGA product-development cycle, from architecture conception to circuit design and implementation to high-volume manufacturing. New employees will have the opportunity to contribute to all of these phases and work with the world’s most advanced process technology.

Title: (Staff/Senior) Hardware Engineer
Requisition No.: 6200-1005
Type of Position: Regular, Exempt
Reports to: Hardware Engineering Manager, Core Technology
Location: Santa Clara, California

Job Description/Responsibilities

The employee will work on the design, implementation, and characterization of full-custom, high-performance digital logic in 14nm/16nm and below.  The employee will share responsibilities across design and verification, but focus on timing characterization.  His or her responsibilities will include the following:

  • Own timing flows and methodologies for the full-custom portion of an FPGA
  • Develop and maintain automated scripts to extract timing values from SPICE netlists, convert to an internal database format, and deliver to other teams.
  • Collaborate with other members of the team to optimize our physical design and verification methodologies
  • Estimate the power, performance, and area of the custom and RTL blocks both before and after physical implementation
  • Develop design methodologies and guidelines for each process node
  • Work closely with foundry employees on process development, customer support, EDA, reliability, test, and product qualification
  • Develop automated processes for block-level and system-level verification
  • Mentor junior engineers

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience programming in a scripting language (e.g., Python or Perl) and writing full programs from scratch (e.g., 5000+ lines of code)
  • Experience designing/maintaining flows and methodologies from scratch
  • Experience with digital VLSI design
  • Experience reading and writing RTL (e.g., Verilog)
  • Experience running SPICE simulations
  • Experience with commercial CAD flows (LVS, DRC, simulation)
  • Experience developing digital logic, defining layout conventions (e.g., track plans, cell grids), and defining CAD methodologies (e.g., DRC/LVS/extraction settings) in advanced process nodes (14/16nm, 10nm)
  • Familiarity with object-oriented programming concepts is a plus
  • Familiarity with revision-control systems (e.g., perforce, git) is a plus
  • Familiarity with using and/or designing FPGAs is a plus
  • Familiarity with hardware protocols such as Ethernet, PCIe, & DDR3/4 is a plus
  • Excellent debugging skills
  • Well organized, punctual, and excellent communication skills
  • BS/MS in electrical engineering or computer science +2-10 years experience
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