Platform Architect & Product Manager, Development Boards & Systems

About SiFive

As the pioneers who introduced RISC-V to the world, SiFive is transforming the future of compute by bringing the limitless potential of RISC-V to the highest performance and most data-intensive applications in the world. SiFive’s unrivaled compute platforms have enabled leading technology companies around the world to innovate, optimize, and deliver the most advanced solutions of tomorrow across every market segment of chip design, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, automotive, datacenter, mobile, and consumer. With SiFive, the future of RISC-V has no limits.

This is a unique, multi-disciplinary, role combining focused on delivering board-level and system-level RISC-V hardware to the world. As the founder and leader of RISC-V computing, customers and partners look to SiFive to provide the developer boards to accelerate the growth of the RISC-V ecosystem as well as to demonstrate the limitless potential of RISC-V.

In this role, you will be responsible for the development, production, and success of SiFive’s developer boards, which are built both by SiFive as well as in partnership with external EMS or CMs.

This is a hands-on role in which you will be given broad freedoms in figuring out how to be successful, while having ownership and responsibility for the lifecycle of the complete product. You will work with the product and field teams to develop the requirements of the development boards and then architect the appropriate solution, keeping in mind the hardware and software requirements. Between your own hands-on skillset and external resources, you will be responsible for designing and bringing the board to small/mid-size manufacturing. Finally, you will own the product lifecycle and manage the distribution and manufacturing of the board until EOL.

This role combines aspects of Hardware Platform Architecture, Product Management, and Applications Engineering and provides an exciting opportunity for the ambitious candidate to grow and expand their capabilities.

The ideal candidate will have a technical background in platform architecture, systems, and board and PCB design/layout, along with experience working with and managing Contract Manufactures (domestic and overseas). Strong communication and organization skills and the ability and/or desire to manage a product line is important. Finally, experience and a desire to interface with customers would be an added advantage.

Responsibilities:

  • Working with the product, business development, hardware and software teams at SiFive to define the requirements, features, and capabilities of SiFive’s Developer Boards. Past examples include the HiFive Unleashed and the HiFive Unmatched.
  • Defining, Developing, Executing, and having the development boards Manufactured. This includes schematics, layout, component selection, working with manufacturing partners, bring-up of the boards, etc. The individual is not expected to handle all the functions, but rather take on certain components directly while managing 3rd party contractors/resources as needed to supplement the task.
  • Managing global distribution of the boards, including any certification requirements.
  • Owning the product lifecycle for the development boards.
  • Maintaining relationships with distributors of SiFive Developer Boards (e.g. Mouser, CrowdSupply), as well a component vendors and ecosystem partners.
  • Creating product collateral associated with the development boards.
  • Providing technical platform architecture expertise for customers and internal SiFive teams as needed.

Requirements:

  • BS/MS in Electrical Engineering or equivalent, 7+ years minimum of direct relevant experience.
  • Experience in designing and manufacturing boards with high-speed interfaces such as DDR/PCIe/GbE.
  • Experience in bring up of new development systems, prototyping, debugging, and root cause failure analysis.
  • Product management capabilities.
  • Proven track record of working with 3rd party contractors and manufacturing partners.
  • Positive attitude and desire to be challenged.
  • Experience with embedded software development tools.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
SiFive is proud to be an equal employment opportunity workplace. We offer a competitive compensation package that includes flexible paid time off; health, vision and dental benefits; 401(k) plan; employee stock option program, and much more.
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
If you yearn to be challenged and wish to work in an environment where the boundaries of your creativity and skills will be tested, then SiFive is the place for you!
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