Physical Design Engineer

    • Qualcomm Technologies
  • Austin, TX
  • Posted 60+ days ago | Updated 3 hours ago


On Site
USD 151,000.00 - 227,000.00 per year
Full Time


Static timing analysis
Circuit design
Network design
Analytical skill
Place and route
Time management
Physical data model
Computer engineering
Computer science
Electrical engineering
Software engineering
Computer hardware
Systems engineering
Policies and procedures

Job Details

Company:Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Job Area:Engineering Group, Engineering Group > GPU ASICS Engineering

General Summary:

Physical implementation of industry leading integrated graphics core designs from netlist to GDS of very complex and high frequency blocks or top level. This includes floor-planning, placement, clock implementation and routing of very high gate count design to meet very aggressive Power, Performance and Area (PPA) targets. Involves working on latest technology process nodes and employing latest design techniques to push PPA envelope which includes working with RTL design teams to optimize design. Incumbent is also expected to be involved in collaboration with multi-disciplined teams and tool vendors to develop/enhance automation in flows and methodologies for design efficiency improvement. This role requires understanding of trade-offs to be made for PPA, hence decisions taken to get the optimal design.

The ideal candidate will have/demonstrate the following:
    • Experience in Physical design which includes floor-planning, placement, clock implementation, routing for complex, high frequency designs
    • Experience with physical synthesis and implementation tools - Synopsys Fusion Compiler, ICC2 and Cadence GenInnovus
    • Must have good knowledge of static timing analysis, reliability and power analysis
    • Strong understanding of CMOS circuit design and design techniques to push Power, Performance and Area of complex designs
    • Ability to think outside the box for innovative solutions to improve power and eliminate performance bottlenecks
    • Strong understanding of GPU micro-architecture and collaborate with RTL designers to improve bottlenecks for power and performance
    • Solid working knowledge of scripting skills including tcl, perl or python
    • Excellent communication skills and collaborating in a team environment is a must

Preferred Skills:
  • Clock, power delivery network design, process technology, prior experience in flow and methodology development, block closure
  • Hands on experience with Synthesis, DFT, Place and Route, Timing and Reliability Signoff
  • Hands on experience working with very complex designs that push the envelope of Power, Performance and Area
  • Hands on experience working with sub-micron technology process nodes eg. 5nm, 4nm and below is highly advantageous
  • Prior experience in flow and methodology development is an advantage
  • RTL expertise (Verilog/System Verilog)
  • Excellent debug and analytical skills
  • Ability to work well in a collaborative environment with multi-disciplined teams

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering
  • 3+ years of direct physical design work experience
  • Strong background in VLSI design, scripting
  • Strong background and experience working with industry standard Synthesis and Place and Route tools including Signoff tools
  • Hands on experience taping out designs in sub-micron technology node design <10nm
  • Expect strong self-motivation and time management skills

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering
  • 6+ years of direct physical design work experience
  • In depth end to end experience from RTL2GDS, taping out at least 4 complex designs

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related field and 4+ years of Software Engineering, Hardware Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related work experience.
Master's degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related field and 3+ years of Software Engineering, Hardware Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related work experience.
PhD in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related field and 2+ years of Software Engineering, Hardware Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related work experience.

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Pay range:
$151,000.00 - $227,000.00

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