Hardware Engineer IV
LongmontColorado Contract/CTH Jun 10, 2024
SSD Hardware Engineer
Location: Longmont, CO
Pay: $125/hr.
12 Month Contract

Seeking a self-motivated, team-oriented board design engineer to develop Micron’s next generation Solid State Drive (SSD) products. This position requires experience in hardware architecture, design, signal integrity and power supply design. This would include modeling and simulation for high speed signaling implementations and power supply design including power distribution network (PDN) simulations. A successful candidate will have a good working knowledge of: state of the art memory device technologies, interfaces such as SATA, SAS, PCIe Gen 3&4, ONFI and implementation techniques required for high-speed interfaces. In addition, this candidate will have a good working knowledge of Buck and boost power supply designs. Experience with PCB design tools (Cadence PCB design and analysis, including Si/Pi). Expertise in the design for optimum signal and power integrity as well as hands-on lab experience.

Duties and Responsibilities
§ Interface in cross functional teams to ensure the design meets all firmware, diagnostic and system level requirements.
§ Participate in architecture definition, design reviews, requirements generation of SSD products.
§ Perform basic Signal and power integrity measurements
§ Document and communicate results with cross functional counterparts.
§ Simulate and analyze design proposals, review results and provide recommendations on optimal design practices to other design engineers.
§ Experienced in designing hardware for large scale manufacture, including DFx and low cost considerations
§ Hardware design, worst-case analysis, simulations, capture schematic, de-rating and assumes complete ownership of the SSD hardware thru the product lifecycle.
§ PCB back-end process: defining stack-up and via technologies, part placement, setting design constraints, signal integrity and power integrity analysis
§ Works proactively with cross functional team members during design, verification as well as on RMAs

Critical Skills

§ Self-motivated. Desire to take on challenges. Result-driven and details oriented.
§ Good interpersonal and communication skills are a must.
§ Good in transmission line fundamentals. Understand the fundamentals of time-domain vs. frequency-domain.
§ In depth knowledge in circuit designs, as well as semiconductor design.
§ Good PCB design experience on high speed signals routing guideline and review, power copper routing and review, design for EMI/ESD protection.
§ Design for signal integrity, including SerDes, power and interconnect.
§ Develops solutions to complex technical problems, which require ingenuity and creativity.
§ Analog design using simulation e.g. SPICE (or equivalent).
§ Practical experience with design tools or equivalent:
- Cadence Sigrity, Allegro Power-Aware SI
- Mentor Graphics HyperLynx
§ Practical lab SI analysis experience using equipment or equivalent:
- High-bandwidth measurements (20-35GHz) via:
o Teledyne Lecroy SDA820Zi-B Oscilloscope
o Agilent MSO-X 92004A Oscilloscope
- PCIe Compliance equipment (requires also using one of the following test equipment)
o Teledyne Lecroy PER-R008-S01-X Protocol Aware Bit Error Rate Tester
o Keysight J-BERT M8041A # Protocol Aware Bit Error Rate Tester

Qualification Requirements
§ BS in Electrical Engineering required; MS in Electrical Engineering is preferred
§ Good written and verbal communication
§ Good problem-solving skills