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Firmware Engineer

Advanced Micro Devices inc.

This is a Contract position in Markham, ON posted May 11, 2022.

What you do at AMD changes everything 

At AMD, we push the boundaries of what is possible.  We believe in changing the world for the better by driving innovation in high-performance computing, graphics, and visualization technologies – building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms, and the data center. 

Developing great technology takes more than talent: it takes amazing people who understand collaboration, respect, and who will go the “extra mile” to achieve unthinkable results.  It takes people who have the passion and desire to disrupt the status quo, push boundaries, deliver innovation, and change the world.   If you have this type of passion, we invite you to take a look at the opportunities available to come join our team.



The Role:

You will be a technical lead within the x86 firmware engineering group, developing the next generation of opensource based architecture for upcoming AMD APUs and CPUs.  Working alongside architects and peers, you will engage in all aspects of software development, including design, implementation, and validation.  The ideal candidate has experience writing architectural design specifications, is comfortable developing low-level firmware, and has a strong background in software engineering principles.


The Person:

AMD’s environment is results oriented and built upon open communication fostering innovation.   Your peers are highly motivated, self-learning and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment.   The successful candidate will have strong communication skills, readily takes initiative and is able to collaborate effectively.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop x86 firmware C, closely interact with team members and architects across AMD.
  • Design, implement, debug, and validate features on reference hardware, pre-silicon emulation and simulation environments supporting AMD APUs and CPUs.
  • Develop architectural and design specifications, drive peer reviews and build consensus.
  • Provide feedback during design reviews, code reviews and project planning sessions.
  • Lead developers by example, while supporting the team to resolve technical challenges.
  • Able to work under tight deadlines, responding to changing business and technical needs.


Preferred Experience:

  • Experience in low level firmware development
  • Expert in C; knowledge of x86 assembly and CPU architecture
  • Understanding of x86 BIOS: UEFI, coreboot or other host firmware environments
  • Hands-on experience with industry standard tools: source control, debuggers and compilers including MSFT and/or GCC.
  • Experience applying SW engineering principles: Modularity, Scalability and Maintainability.
  • Excellent communication skills: verbal, written and interpersonal.
  • Contributions to opensource projects.


Technology Areas:

  • Computer architecture, memory interleaving, system memory maps and NUMA domain concepts.
  • PCI Express features and specifications; Link training configuration, enumeration, and resource allocation.
  • Protocols: SPI, I2C, UART, USB, I3C

Academic Credentials:



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Requisition Number: 162045 
Country: Canada Province: Ontario City: Markham 
Job Function:Design


AMD is an inclusive employer dedicated to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates and will accommodate applicants’ needs under the respective provincial human rights codes throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Any applicant who requires accommodation should contact

AMD does not accept unsolicited resumes from headhunters, recruitment agencies or fee based recruitment services.