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ASIC Design Verification (DV) Engineer – 98182

Advanced Micro Devices inc.

This is a Contract position in Markham, ON posted January 8, 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.



ASIC Design Verification (DV) EngineerThe Role:

We the Video HW IP/Solution Group at our AMD Markham site are looking for an experienced ASIC Design Verification (DV) Engineer to fill this Member of Technical Staff role.


You will join a vibrant established hardware (HW) IP team developing video encoder & video decoder HW IP (VCN)! This is a multifaceted role that extends beyond verification to helping optimize the HW solution.


We will require you to first acquire a background knowledge in our VCN IP HW core, HW C-model, test suite, and verification methodology. Your responsibilities will be for defining, developing, & debugging a comprehensive test library and suite of functional tests to validate complete end-to-end video HW solution functionality with a primary focus on encoding. This will include validating that test scenarios run on a HW C-model function accurately and as intended. You will also debug these same end-to-end test scenarios on the HW design to ensure correct implementation.


The position requires working closely with the HW modelling teams, Firmware engineers, HW designers, HW block verification teams, and firmware developers to deliver test suites providing high functional coverage of the HW model & HW design.


You will help craft and refine a detailed end-to-end performance test suite to validate HW performance in real-world system use case configurations (both typical and stressful) and have deep involvement in helping tune the tests & HW to eliminate bottlenecks & ensure optimal performance.


Furthermore, you may assist in developing & enhancing HW C-model functionality to increase skills.

The Person:

  • An organized, enthusiastic self-motivated with a strong interest in verification methodologies.
  • Be a self-starter with a pro-active approach, taking ownership in driving tasks to completion
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written) with strong problem-solving, and attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a multi-discipline team and global setting as a solution enabler

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with the modelling team to understand new HW feature details and requirements & impact on the existing HW and translate these into comprehensive verification plans for each of these new HW features. Drive implementation & debug of the defined test scenarios on the model
  • Develop detailed functional verification test plans, and performance test plans for new Video IP features, by understanding the features & the interactions between theexisting HW features, considering both real-world usage scenarios and high functional coverage
  • Develop test library software, test cases and execute hands-on testing, debug, and validation of all HW model functionality using these tests
  • Use or adapt test libraries, emulation models, and test cases from existing IP.
  • Work with ASIC design team (HW, FW and SW) to debug & tackle test failures at IP level
  • Develop, adapt, and verify IP performance tests to ensure real-world HW performance usecase targets are met
  • Automate and improve test suite verification efficiency and test suite coverage

Preferred Experience:

  • Strong understanding of hardware principles including Verilog RTL, UVM, test bench and HW verification
  • Strong C/C++ software development experience or equivalent application of object oriented programming concepts
  • Strong debugging skills, root cause analysis and attention to detail
  • Experience with simulation debug of HW using waveforms and other design verification tools.
  • A minimum 6+ years of hands-on industry design verification experience in HW ASIC product development
  • Strong understanding of video codecs such as H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC, and AV1 is highly desirable
  • Prior knowledge in low-level firmware or IP testing are an excellent asset

Academic Credentials:

Minimum BSEE/CE, or equivalent degree in related engineering disciplines or computer science


Markham, Ontario, Canada

Candidates local to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) are preferred



AMD employees who will be working onsite at an AMD US facility, are encouraged to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon their start date. This is for the safety of our employees, and to permit AMD to be prepared in the event the stay on Executive Order 14042: Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors is lifted. AMD is not requiring exemption / accommodation submittals at this time.

Requisition Number: 98182 
Country: Canada Province: Ontario City: Markham 
Job Function: Design
Hiring Manager:Stephen Bagshaw 


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