Mixed-Signal/Analog IC Designer

6th October 2015
Written by : Barney Scott

Keysight Technologies has been unlocking electronic measurement insights for 75 years. No other company offers the same depth and breadth of measurement tools and expertise. A singular focus helps scientists and engineers address their toughest challenges with precision and confidence. With help, they are better able to deliver the breakthroughs that make a measurable difference in the world. Inside many of these world-class instruments are cutting edge custom ICs which enable precise and reliable measurements our customers expect.

Join a team of mixed-signal and digital IC designers at Keysight Labs, Keysight Technologies’ central research laboratory who enable the best measurement devices in the world by designing performance leading custom integrated circuits. The department has a long history of innovative solutions embodied in precision high-speed serial links, digital signal processors and blazingly fast data converters with unprecedented signal fidelity. 

You will join a group of engineers at Keysight Labs dedicated to raising the bar by innovating the next generation of high-performance mixed-signal ASICs which power Keysight’s instruments. These ASICs will enable the generation and characterization of leading-edge high-speed signals, such as serial links and RF waveforms. Become a part of the team, and you will learn the art of making the world's best measurement ICs.

Your system knowledge will contribute to product planning. Subsequently, working in small high-energy teams, you will be involved in the entire chip design flow, from transistor-level circuit design, physical design, verification, chip release and laboratory characterization. Due to small team size, you will be exposed to the entire chip design, and your contributions will be key to its success.

In addition, as part of the central R&D team at Keysight, you will be exposed to and will be able to contribute across various disciplines within the Keysight product portfolio. This is a key research and design role as part of the Technical Leadership Organization. 

Qualifications (required):

  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering with experience in or substantial coursework related to mixed-signal IC design required. Candidates not possessing a Ph.D. degree must have completed the design, have had fabricated and characterized a mixed-signal or RF integrated circuit of complexity and performance commensurate with that of a Ph.D. thesis. 
  • Must have experience in the design of high-speed analog, mixed-signal or RF integrated circuits.
  • Substantial involvement in the design of transistor level circuits for inclusion on an IC, physical design of ICs, and the test and characterization of an IC.
  • Board level design using integrated circuits is not sufficient for this position.
  • Experience based solely on digital SOCs and assembly of IP blocks is insufficient for this position.
  • Strong understanding of transistor physics and EM theory and their impact on circuits. Experience in 2-D and 3-D electromagnetic simulation of on-chip structures and derivation of a model for use in circuit simulators is highly desired.
  • Ability to synthesize multiple solutions to a given problem and the ability to critically analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each.
  • Experience with modern EDA tools used in IC design including simulation, schematic capture, physical layout and verification. 
  • Familiarity with programming and scripting languages to enable automation in the design, simulation and testing of ICs.
  • Experience with mixed-mode simulation of analog and digital blocks -- mixed-signal or behavioral modeling of analog circuits. Write Verliog or VHDL models of analog circuits. Experience with AMS and System C is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment is a must. Ability to document and present results

Qualifications (preferred):

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or closely related field with thesis work on mixed-signal IC design preferred. Candidates should have designed, have had fabricated and characterized a mixed-signal or RF integrated circuit as a central portion of their relevant thesis work
  • Experience with the use of both sub-micron (65nm and smaller) CMOS and modern SiGe bipolar devices (fT > 150 GHz) in analog, mixed-signal, or RF integrated circuit design
  • Experience with PLLs, clock-data recovery circuits, and data converters
  • Experience with custom high-speed digital data paths
  • Experience with a synthesized digital design flow, from a high-level HDL to transistor level artwork
  • Experience with device modeling, thermal design, IC package design
  • Experience with synthesized digital design flows, using System C, Verilog or VHDL and RTL to deliver verified netlists for physical synthesis

Keysight Technologies is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other protected categories under all applicable laws.

This advertisement is for the position of Mixed-Signal/Analog IC Designer, a day-time, full-time position, based primarily in Santa Clara, CA, with occasional travel required.

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