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Technical Staff Engineer - Hardware (FPGA)
Job Location :
3870 N. First St
San Jose, California 95134
United States
Northwest Region
450 Holger Way
San Jose, CA 95134
United States
Employment term : Full Time
Degree : Bachelors
Travel : Yes
Job level : Mid Level 2-6 yrs.
Work Authorization :
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  • Are you looking for a unique opportunity to be a part of something great? Want to join a 20,000-member team that works on the technology that powers the world around us? Looking for an atmosphere of trust, empowerment, respect, diversity, and communication? How about an opportunity to own a piece of a multi-billion dollar (with a B!) global organization? We offer all that and more at Microchip Technology, Inc.

    People come to work at Microchip because we help design the technology that runs the world. They stay because our culture supports their growth and stability. They are challenged and driven by an incredible array of products and solutions with unlimited career potential. Microchip’s nationally-recognized Leadership Passage Programs support career growth where we proudly enroll over a thousand people annually. We take pride in our commitment to employee development, values-based decision making, and strong sense of community, driven by our Vision, Mission, and 11 Guiding Values; we affectionately refer to it as the Aggregate System and it’s won us countless awards for diversity and workplace excellence.

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    Job Description:

    The FTS (Frequency and Time Systems) development team is looking for an experienced digital design engineer. The FTS systems group produces network timing equipment such as PTP Grandmasters and NTP servers. The position involves creating and maintaining FPGA IP units and full FPGA system designs. The team member will participate in all aspects of the design cycle: collaboration with HW/SW/Marketing/Test/Manufacturing teams, initial planning, high-level specification, detailed design and documentation, simulation/verification, hardware bring-up/testing, and product sustaining.


    • Work with members of cross-functional teams to define new product features.
    • Create functional FPGA IP (Intellectual Property) units from an initial idea.
    • Assemble multiple IP complexes into a full FPGA system design including CPU subsystem, PLLs, block RAMs, DSPs, transceivers, custom IP, etc.
    • Write detailed documentation for IP and FPGA designs.
    • Create test benches to simulate and verify IP units.
    • Successfully build and test complex FPGA designs.
    • Work with hardware engineers to bring-up new boards and FPGA designs.
    • Write/create tools to use for testing.
    • Support SW engineers in development and debugging of drivers for FPGA units.
    • Work with FPGA engineers to learn existing IP and FPGA designs.



    • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or similar.
    • 12.5+ years of FPGA/ASIC IP and system design experience.
    • Experience with VHDL and/or Verilog.
    • Hands-on experience with FPGA/ASIC design and verification.
    • Strong understanding of digital design concepts and principles.
    • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Excellent knowledge of digital systems and computer architecture.
    • Excellent communication (written and verbal), and documentation skills.
    • Attention to detail and ability to drive tasks to completion independently in timely manner.


    • Experience with Ethernet design, IEEE 1588 PTP and NTP protocols.
    • Experience with clock/frequency synthesis and measurement.
    • Experience with FPGA build tools, e.g., Libero, Quartus, or Vivado.
    • Experience with FPGA debug tools, e.g., Identify Debugger, SignalTap, or ChipScope.
    • Experience with a simulation tool, e.g., ModelSim/QuestaSim.
    • Experience with Python, TCL and/or other scripting languages.
    • Experience with board-level design.

    Travel Time:

    0% - 25%

    Physical Attributes:

    Feeling, Hearing, Other, Seeing, Talking, Works Alone, Works Around Others

    Physical Requirements:

    80% Sitting, 10% Walking, 10% Standing, Usual Business Hours

    Pay Range:

    We offer a total compensation package that ranks among the best in the industry. It consists of competitive base pay, restricted stock units, and quarterly bonus payments. In addition to these components, our package includes health benefits that begin day one, retirement savings plans, and an industry leading ESPP program with a 2 year look back feature. Find more information about all our benefits at the link below:

    Benefits of working at Microchip

    The annual base salary range for this position, which could be performed in California, is $75,000 - $232,000.*

    *Range is dependent on numerous factors including job location, skills and experience.

    Microchip Technology Inc is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    For more information on applicable equal employment regulations, please refer to the EEO is the Law Poster and the EEO is the Law Poster Supplement. Please also refer to the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

    Microchip Profile:

    Microchip Technology Inc. The Embedded Control Solutions Company®

    Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.

    Microchip's Quality System is based on the elements and criteria specified by ISO/TS-16949. ISO/TS-16949 is the highest quality system certification mandated by the world's major automotive customers. The specified controls apply to all stages of design and manufacturing.

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