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Silicon Validation & Characterization Engineer

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Posted: 18/06/2019
Reference: 765035
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Bristol, Bristol, England (map)
Salary: £50000 - £60000
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Silicon Validation & Characterization Engineer

This role reports to the Director of Hardware Design, based in our Bristol office. You’ll need to be self-directed, proactive and able to work independently. You’ll enjoy solving day-to-day problems with limited direction and be able to make careful judgements about what level of proof is required to validate our client’s next generation devices, from bring-up to detailed characterization.


Pre-tape-out preparation and planning:

  • Create Validation & Characterization plan
  • Develop and procure bring-up board(s) - providing requirements & specification, working with PCB engineers to design, manufacture and test boards in readiness for bring-up
  • Work with Silicon team verification engineers to review and improve test patterns (for Scan and BIST) in preparation to hand-over to our Test Engineers (for conversion to ATE), and ensuring patterns can be executed locally on the bring up board(s)
  • Work with the Software, Tools and Silicon teams to specify test applications to be run on the device for the purposes of functional testing and characterization
  • Specify lab equipment requirements, and preparation of scripts and automation for device bench characterization


Post-tape-out validation & characterization:

  • xCore processor bring-up, executing functional test and parametric characterization
  • Working closely with the Silicon team during debug
  • Validate xCore system power performance including power state transition, system power up sequence, etc. 
  • Validate xCore interfaces in system to qualify interface signal quality
  • Extend test coverage (via firmware IO tuning and configuration) of LPDDR, USB, MIPI, DPHY, I2C, SPI, I2S, GPIO, etc.
  • Data collection and report generation
  • Work with external suppliers to ensure chip certification is achieved, for example HTOL testing
  • Perform ATE to Bench correlation exercise to qualify ATE test programs release


Failure analysis:

  • Drive root-cause analysis efforts on device failure through lab experiments and collaborating with cross-functional teams. 
  • Supporting the Test Engineers to improve ATE coverage and resolve test escapes
  • Support Product Engineers during device and package qualification (at CMs)

 Please contact David Trogu on 01179 174 560

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