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Silicon Design Engineer 2

Advanced Micro Devices inc.

This is a Contract position in Markham, ON posted September 21, 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.

Title: Analog Mixed Signal Analysis/CAD Engineer

Role :

In this position, you will be part of the 3rd Party Analog Mixed Signal IPCR Design Analysis / CAD team. Parallel teams within the AMD Circuit Technology division include Analog Mixed Signal Design, Custom Layout Design, and Post Silicon Analog Design Characterization. During the chip development cycle, the team’s focus is to review Analog Mixed Signal (AMS) circuit designs received from 3rd party vendors. Designs under review include next generation USB, PCIE4 circuit blocks etc. Reviews conducted: alignment to design specifications/contract details, electrical design analysis, and interoperability considerations for chip tool flows and adjacent AMD design block. Working with AMD internal teams, and the 3rd IP vendor, is done to resolve any problems detected. Detection of critical issues, well before product silicon manufacture, helps AMD maintain development schedules and mitigate a considerable amount of revenue loss for the company. Your efforts will help enable ASIC chip solutions that will become AMD’s next gen products within the international marketplace.

An outstanding aspect of our team is the breadth of electrical/design flow and circuit topology knowledge our work involves. Sustained focus on cross training between team members, and strong mentorship for new members, enables the level of positive and cooperative work environment needed to succeed. If you have a passion to interact with, and learn aspects of an entire ASIC design flow, such as silicon design methodologies, verification methodologies, and manufacturing, then this position is the right fit for you.

The person : The person who will be successful in this role, will have good attention to detail, works well with parallel teams, will look for opportunities to automate throughout the design analysis. Responsibilities :

In this position, you will be an integral part of the hardware design process.

  • Responsible for understanding, analyzing and then supporting integration of analog/digital design components into the overall chip system/AMD product.
  • Self Initiative to review flagged issues, analyze the problem from several angles, and then provide an assessment if the design issue must be fixed or if the situation is in fact ok.
  • Investigating and then developing innovative ways of automating the analysis workflows.
  • You will use your combined hardware/software background to help build scripts and test cases to analyze/approve/endorse quality 3rd Party AMS designs.
  • You will interact with vendors outside AMD to review/discuss analysis results which indicate the design needs improvement, as well as interact with AMD internal teams for cross-referencing issues after design integration into the larger chip environment.
  • Improve and promote communication, collaboration, problem solving, mentoring, and training.

Within this role experience is gained in many tasks:

  • Analyze electrical performance of hybrid Analog / Digital mixed signal (AMS) designs implemented using deep sub micron CMOS technology.
  • Research into the purpose and behaviour of the design to understand and then highlight any key issues.
  • Present / explain key issues to partners from inside and outside AMD.
  • Work closely with engineers within AMD Markham and other AMD design sites worldwide to enable solutions to these AMS designs.
  • Use software automation to improve IP design validation methodologies.
  • Utilize industry standard physical verification analysis tools to review hardware design components before final integration and preparation towards chip manufacture.

What you will learn

  • The lifecycle of hardware chip development from early chip specification through fabrication/silicon manufacturing stages
  • Layout LVS (layout vs schematic comparison), DRC/ERC (Design/Electrical rule checking), Boundary & Circuit Topological checks of pre-silicon hardware design
  • Schematic and layout best practices, and industry-standard manufacturing practices
  • EM (electro-migration), IR (low-voltage power supply analysis), ESD (electrostatic discharge)
  • Design for Manufacturing and other Silicon Reliability topics
  • Static Timing Analysis (STA)
  • Spice simulation
  • Parasitic RC extraction
  • How to utilize common industry standard EDA (electronic design automation) tools and learn how the tools perform analysis/verification at an algorithm/concept level.
  • Revision control software
  • Best methods to present new flows / concepts to peers and colleges.

Preferred skillset and experience :

Looking for candidates who have both strong hardware and software skills.

  • An understanding of analog and digital transistor device behavior
  • Basic experience in using command line interface with UNIX or Linux, scripting, hspice, Verilog or VHDL, and drawing transistor layout are assets
  • The ability to develop well-structured and maintainable software
  • Candidate should have strong written and oral communication skills to work well with peers in Toronto and other AMD design sites.
  • Candidate should be able to conduct research to find root cause for software and hardware design bugs.

Education : BSc or MSc Electrical or Computer Engineering


  • Canada, Ontario, Markham


Requisition Number: 180341
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.