Staff Engineer - ASIC Design Verification

Western Digital - Milpitas, CA3.8

Full-timeEstimated: $88,000 - $120,000 a year
The next big thing in data is you!

The ASIC Design Verification Engineer will work on verification of RTL functionality towards the development of Western Digital’s next generation eSSD SOC SSD controllers. As a design verification engineer, the daily activities would include debugging Chip Level SoC RTL simulations to find functional bugs, working with the RTL design team to fix the bugs, reading design specs and developing/executing test plans, functional coverage points, monitors, scoreboards, sequencers, and sequences, which utilize scripts, System Verilog/UVM, C++, and other methodologies to increase the rate at which ASIC bugs are found and resolved.

Definition and design of test-bench and test plan for verifying RTL against spec
Develop complex test cases that involve control/data paths of multiple IPs at module and chip level
Responsible for developing, executing and debugging test cases in RTL, Gate Level and FPGA RTL simulation environments
Report coverage including functional, code and other metrics.
Work closely with ASIC design team to triage and resolve issues

Other Responsibilities:
Interfaces with Architecture, ASIC, and Validation teams through the product technology development phase. Your contributions will have an immediate contribution to the company’s success in our fast paced environment.


Education Requirements:
BS/MS in EE/CE, plus 5+ years of Design Verification experience
Familiarity with ASIC, Computer and Embedded Systems Architectures
Excellent oral and written communication skills with people at all levels, a must.
Team player, with excellent debugging skills

Skills/Experience-Mandatory Experience

Worked on grounds up development of verification infrastructure, test benches and layered VIPs using System Verilog and UVM methodology.
Requires demonstrated technical expertise in developing IP-level and system-level test-plans, test bench development, functional coverage, stimulus generation, reference models, checkers, monitors and scoreboards.
Good familiarity with all functional verification aspects such as regressions, code/functional coverage and assertions.
Working experience with Verilog, System Verilog, Object Oriented Programming/C++, Perl, and logic simulation is a requirement.
Working experience with Design Verification Tools and Process flows with leading edge ASIC technologies.
Working experience with standard bus protocols such AXI, APB, AHB, UART etc.

Highly Desirable Experiences

Familiarity with writing and debugging C tests for ARM processors.
Familiarity with SSD related protocols such as PCIe/NVMe/SATA/SAS, NAND and DDR.
Scripting and test automation for regression.
Experience with gate-level simulations.
Experience with Emulation Platform such as Palladium, Xilinx and/or Altera FPGAs technology.

Ability to read, write and comprehend complex instructions, correspondence, and emails in English. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and group situations to internal customers and other employees of the organization.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, or schedule form.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, use of hands and fingers, lifting under 20 pounds, grasping, and fine hand manipulation.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Comfortable temperatures, mild noise, working in close proximity to others, and occasional confined spaces.


The future. It’s on you. You & Western Digital.

We’ve been storing the world’s data for more than 50 years. Once, it was the most important thing we could do for data. Now we’re helping the world capture, preserve, access and transform data in a way only we can.

The most game-changing companies, consumers, professionals, and governments come to us for the technologies and solutions they need to capture, preserve, access, and transform their data.

But we can’t do it alone. Today’s exceptional data challenges require your exceptional skills. It’s You & Us. Together, we’re the next big thing in data.

Western Digital® data-centric solutions are found under the G-Technology™, HGST, SanDisk®, Tegile™, Upthere™, and WD® brands.

Western Digital is an equal opportunity employer.

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