R&D System Software / ASIC Validation Engineer - 004219

Sr. level system software / firmware engineer, with broad experience developing software and firmware for complex communications
Full Time
Telecommuting not available Travel not required

Job Description

Job Description:

Client is a leading supplier of high speed, highly optimized, highly integrated ASICs to the Cloud and Enterprise Data Center markets.  In the Compute and Connectivity (CCX) Division, we are operating at the cutting edge of the market, creating high performance, PCIe-based NIC, RDMA, Storage, and custom protocol offload solutions, primarily targeting the Cloud Data Center.  Time to Market is critical in this high paced environment, where chip development cycles can span less than 18 months from initial product inception to production silicon.  In an effort to keep pace and to guarantee production quality for "first spin" silicon, we in the CCX ASIC team combine production workload-focused test harnesses with large scale emulation resources to provide extensive system level ASIC test coverage prior to first silicon fab.  Our software-based test harnesses are combined with extensive, deeply detailed test matrices to generate millions of system level test vectors.  These harnesses execute on state of the art SMP servers, under production operating systems and software stacks, to provide a broad level of system level ASIC test coverage that complements conventional block and core bench level simulations.

We are looking for a Sr. level system software / firmware engineer, with broad experience developing software and firmware for complex communications / SoC semiconductors, to fill a critical vacancy in the System Level Silicon Validation team.  The ideal candidate is very comfortable with both hardware and software, understands system concepts related to multi-core x86 SMP server architectures and PCI, is comfortable working in a pre-production silicon development environment on large scale emulation platforms, and has a demonstrated expertise developing both device driver software (Linux user and kernel mode) and embedded firmware for PCIe-based networking and storage controller products.  The ideal candidate will also possess excellent written communication skills, with an ability to generate clear, accurate. and complete ASIC validation test plans to drive silicon validation activities in pre-production / emulation phases.


BS in CECS or EE, MS desired
15+ years of software and firmware development experience in both Linux OS and embedded firmware environments
Experience developing embedded firmware, kernel mode device drivers, and user mode application software
Demonstrated understanding of system level concepts, including:
Kernel and User Mode Software Partitioning
Host Device Driver / Hardware Interfaces
PCIe Protocol
Interrupts (INTA, MSIx)
DMA Concepts
Physical and Virtual Memory Management
Complex Data Structures and Multi-Process / Multi-Threaded Software Architectures
Hardware Virtualization Concepts (IOMMU, SR-IOV, Multi-Tenant Architectures)
Networking Concepts (all layers)
Low level device and block level programming for complex SoC platforms
Demonstrated expertise in hardware and software debug, including:
Ability to work with system bus analyzers and network protocol analyzers
Comfortable with In Circuit Emulators and low level ARM CPU debug environment
Trace buffer and post-mortem analysis / troubleshooting
Ability to work with hardware design engineers to capture and analyze digital wave forms
Additional / Desired Experience:
Block Storage, Network Stack Offload, Custom Protocol Offload (NVMe, RDMA, Crypto/Compression)
Network QoS and Traffic Shaping
Experience with scripting languages to drive automation (Python, Tcl)
Ability to work with ASIC Architects, Designers, and Verification Engineers to:
Create new product architectures
Develop Software Test Architecture documents
Coordinate and Develop broad scale System Level Silicon Validation test plans
Able to work effectively within a distributed development team spread across multiple sites and time zones
Ability to work with minimal supervision and to consistently meet or exceed defined, time critical program milestones
Ability to work with minimal / evolving hardware documentation for new / cutting edge products in a pre-silicon environment

Posted By

Don Semple

4518 Seaboard Lane Fort Collins, CO, 80525

Dice Id : 10110992
Position Id : 690675
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