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ASIC Top Level Physical Design Engineer

Company: Cisco
Location: San Jose
Posted on: January 24, 2023

Job Description:

Required Qualifications:

  • Thorough knowledge of the ASIC design timing closure flow and methodology
  • Expertise in chip level floor planning
  • At least 10+ years hands-on experience in ASIC timing constraints generation and timing closure
  • Expertise in STA tools (such as Primetime) and methodologies for timing closure with a good understanding of OCV, noise and cross-talk effects on timing
  • Familiarity with all aspects of timing closure of high-performance, mixed-signal SoCs in advanced process technology nodes (7nm and below)
  • Knowledge of timing corners/modes and process variations
  • Knowledge of low-power techniques including clock gating, power gating and multi-voltage designs
  • Proficient in scripting languages (Tcl and Perl)
  • Strong communication skills are a pre-requisite as the candidate will interface with a lot of different groups (e.g. digital design, verification, DFT, physical design, etc.)
  • Self starter and highly motivated
  • Familiarity with RTL, synthesis, logic equivalence, DFT, and backend related methodology and tools


    Working with architects, design leads, physical design leads and package leads, you will develop and to craft and optimize floorplans during early chip development.

    Drive the area review process and collaborate with the ASIC design team to identify area, interconnect and floorplan improvement opportunities, solve timing and routing congestion issues with physical and ASIC design teams by influencing early design and physical implementation decisions.

    You will build tools and improve existing infrastructure to optimize chip area and speed of execution.

    Who We Are

    #WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team and make a difference powering an inclusive future for all.

    We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their digital businesses. Some may think we're "old" (36 years strong) and only about hardware, but we're also a software company. And a security company. We even invented an intuitive network that adapts, predicts, learns and protects. No other company can do what we do - you can't put us in a box!

    But "Digital Transformation" is an empty buzz phrase without a culture that allows for innovation, creativity, and yes, even failure (if you learn from it.)

    Day to day, we focus on the give and take. We give our best, give our egos a break, and give of ourselves (because giving back is built into our DNA.) We take accountability, bold steps, and take difference to heart. Because without diversity of thought and a dedication to equality for all, there is no moving forward.

    So, you have colorful hair? Don't care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? That's cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Passion for technology and world changing? Be you, with us!

    Message to applicants applying to work in the U.S.:
    When available, the salary range posted for this position reflects the projected hiring range for new hire salaries in U.S. locations. For non-sales roles, the hiring ranges reflect base salary and do not include bonuses, equity, or benefits. Hiring ranges for sales positions include base and incentive target, and do not include equity or benefits. Individual pay is determined by the candidate's hiring location and additional factors, including but not limited to skillset, experience, and relevant education, certifications or training. Applicants may not be eligible for the full salary range based on their U.S. hiring location. The recruiter can share more details about compensation for the role in your location during the hiring process.

Keywords: Cisco, San Jose , ASIC Top Level Physical Design Engineer, Engineering , San Jose, California

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