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Behavioral FrontEnd ASIC Engineer, Staff


This is a Contract position in Kanata, ON posted February 3, 2021.

Job Description and RequirementsAt Synopsys, we’re at the heart of the innovations that change the way we work and play. Self-driving cars. Artificial Intelligence. The cloud. 5G. The Internet of Things. These breakthroughs are ushering in the Era of Smart Everything. And we’re powering it all with the world’s most advanced technologies for chip design and software security. If you share our passion for innovation, we want to meet you.
Our Silicon IP business is all about integrating more capabilities into an SoC-faster. We offer the world’s broadest portfolio of silicon IP-predesigned blocks of logic, memory, interfaces, analog, security, and embedded processors. All to help customers integrate more capabilities. Meet unique performance, power, and size requirements of their target applications. And get differentiated products to market quickly with reduced risk.
R&D Expert Engineer

This position of “R&D Expert Engineer” is an ASIC Design, Implementation and Verification Engineer with experience in both back-end and front-end ASIC development flows whose mandate is to provide targeted support to mixed-signal DDR PHY IP customers. The targeted customer support will include both pre-Sales and post-Sales support. Activities of customer support include such tasks as IP integration and implementation, design debug, silicon bring-up, and silicon testing. When not actively supporting customers, the candidate will participate in design, verification, silicon testing, documentation, or other related tasks as may be assigned by the Manager. The successful candidate will exercise skills in a variety of areas including but not limited to RTL coding, test bench and test case development, linting, synthesis, STA, place & route, silicon debug, and documentation. The emphasis for the current opening is “Front-End” activities including RTL development and Behavioral/GLS Verification related to our DDR PHY products.  Experience with HBM or DDR protocols is a definite asset but not mandatory. This position requires extensive interaction with customers, including periodic international travel to assist customers at their sites.

Key Qualifications

  • BSEE degree or Applied Science degree (or equivalent) with 10+ years of related experience
  • Experience in ASIC RTL design and verification at the chip level and block level
  • Strong Verilog, system Verilog, PERL, and TCL skills
  • Strong synthesis and STA background
  • DFT/ATPG skills or experience are a significant asset
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Knowledge in silicon debugging
  • Previous knowledge in customer support
  • Must be able to travel periodically

Preferred Experience

  • Interact with and, in some instances, visit customers
  • Support DDR PHY integration, silicon bring-up, and silicon debug activities
  • Participate in the generation of data books, application notes, and white papers
  • Generate test benches and test cases
  • Perform RTL and gate-level SDF-annotated simulations
  • Perform constraint development and physical design activities
  • May perform mixed-mode (digital + analog) simulations
  • Assist test engineers with silicon evaluation
  • Develop and execute functional test/verification plans
  • Write synthesizable RTL code for circuit portions of integrated circuits
  • Other related duties as assigned by the manager


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