Physical Design Engineer

About SiFive

SiFive is an idea-to-silicon company founded by the inventors of RISC-V to simplify the design and production of custom SoCs.

As the leading commercial provider of RISC-V processor IP, SiFive is on a mission to help engineers design custom chips for domain-specific solutions for many markets, including 5G, edge AI, enterprise networking, storage, and consumer devices.

Industry-leading innovators, including six of the top ten semiconductor companies, are working with SiFive thanks to our proven success, deep expertise, and rich partner ecosystem. With SiFive’s rich IP ecosystem and accessible design platform, every market has access to the development of workload-focused hardware needed to design next-generation products.

As a Physical Design Engineer in the Implementation team, you will contribute to the development of industry-leading CPU IP to support the SiFive vision of enabling chip design by anyone. We are looking for people who are as excited as we are about working in a fast-paced dynamic environment to bring new hardware IP to market quickly, with high quality and exceptional performance.
Location: The person in this role can work out of our offices in the Bay Area, CA or Austin, TX. However, due to the current restrictions surrounding COVID-19, this position is work-from-home until further notice.

Responsibilities

  • Implement and optimize our broad portfolio of RISC-V CPU's from RTL to GDSII.
  • Close aggressive performance, power, and area (PPA) goals at block and/or CPU level.
  • Collaborate with the microarchitecture and RTL teams to optimize PPA trade off's.
  • Contribute to physical implementation flow development to drive best in class automation and PPA.

Requirements

  • 10+ years of physical implementation experience with multiple tape outs in a wide range of technologies (45nm - 5nm); Experience with CPU implementation and advanced process nodes (16nm and below) is preferred.
  • Expertise in synthesis, DFT insertion, floorplanning, place and route, clock tree synthesis, static timing, power analysis, and signal and power integrity.
  • Experience with physical signoff (DRC/ANT/LVS/DFM, etc.) and engineering change orders (ECO's).
  • Knowledge and skill in optimizing PPA through floorplanning, placement and timing constraints, useful skew, and similar techniques.
  • TCL scripting; Python scripting is a plus.
  • Attention to detail and a focus on high-quality design.
  • Ability to work well with others and a belief that engineering is a team sport.
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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