Physical Design Engineer

Responsible for creating turn-key solutions to support cutting-edge Cellular IoT device. This is a unique opportunity to define a groundbreaking new system with few legacy constraints.

You will own the final chip level GDSII (chip & block floorplan/implementation, power/clock distribution, chip assembly, P&R, STA, & LVS/DRC to closure). This position requires expert knowledge of Cadence Place & Route (Genus/Innovus/Tempus/Calibre) flow (including STA/DFT and UPF integration). In addition you will:

  • Logic Synthesis
  • Hand-off to and from DFT
  • Qualifying Libraries and Timing Constraints
  • Design Partitioning and Floor Planning
  • I/O Pad Ring Design
  • Placement, CTS, Routing
  • Power grid, Clock tree, and Low-power reduction Implementation methods
  • Signal integrity fixes with OCV/AOCV/Statistical Timing methods
  • IR drop analysis
  • Physical Verification
  • Functional and Timing ECOs
  • Conformal Equivalence Check
  • Conformal Lower Power (CLP)
  • Timing Closure in Advanced Technology Nodes
  • Multi-mode & Multi-corner (MMMC)Timing closure methodology implementation and sign off
  • Experience with low power implementation, multi-Vt, power gating, multiple voltage rails, UPF/CPF knowledge
  • Work closely with analog design team and IP vendors for physical implementation/integration of custom analog blocks/interface/IP’s


  • 7+ years(preferred) of Physical Digital Design experience.
  • Degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science or equivalent
  • Expertise in programming, scripting and automation languages for PD flow implementation
  • Strong technical abilities & understanding in these areas:
    • Synthesis, LEC, CTS, DFT, RC Extraction, and STA closure across multiple process corners.
    • Multipower domain, signal integrity, & power/IR drop analysis
    • Linting, DFT and CDC requirements.
    • Expertise in both hand-written and tool-driven functional/timing ECO.
    • Physical Design Verification methodology to debug LVS/DRC issues at chip/block level
  • Experience with the following is desired:
    • SOC design including uC design (ARM)
    • Knowledge of power management industry/applications
    • I/F: I2C, SPI, USB, SDC, ETH, etc
  • Multiple tapeouts and working silicon; in leading-edge technology node
  • Proven track record demonstrating the ability to meet project milestones and deadlines
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills required to work with global design team
  • Successful track record of leading a team of physical design engineers from RTL-to-GDSII
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Irvine CA Pleasanton CA

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