Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. is hiring a

Principal Engineer, High-Speed DRAM I/O Analog-Mixed Circuit

San Diego, United States

Advancing the World’s Technology Together
Our technology solutions power the tools you use every day--including smartphones, electric vehicles, hyperscale data centers, IoT devices, and so much more. Here, you’ll have an opportunity to be part of a global leader whose innovative designs are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and powering the future. 

We believe that innovation and growth are driven by an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce. We’re dedicated to empowering people to be their true selves. Together, we’re building a better tomorrow for our employees, customers, partners, and communities.

What You'll Do

DRAM IO Lab is part of Samsung’s Memory Business Unit, the industry's all-time DRAM and NAND Flash leader both in technology as well as in volume. DRAM IO’s vision is to solve critical bottlenecks in Cloud & Data center, Automotive, and even edge-devices by developing new approaches via high-speed interfaces, and advanced architectures. We are an integral part of Samsung’s paramount R&D innovation engine. We work closely with cross-disciplinary development teams to bring feature innovation to product roadmaps.

Come and join the team that is providing the next generation IO tech solutions to support emerging machine learning applications, data analytics, and edge computing.

Location: Hybrid, working onsite at our San Diego or San Jose, CA headquarters 3 days a week, with the flexibility to work remotely the remainder of your time.

  • Hands on in analog circuit design, which includes circuit design, running simulations to confirm functionality and performance, and work with verification team to verify design. The mixed-signal designs will include but are not limited to the following: high-speed data converters, PLL, and SERDES.
  • Guide layout floor-planning block and top level to optimize the overall performance; supervise the layout activities and give concise guidelines to layout engineers, need to be hands on in drawing layout if necessary.
  • Develop the analog testing plans and work with the PE/TE teams to characterize the functionality and performance of the products to ensure that the design meets or exceeds target goals.
  • Need to help the team to comply with the design methodologies, create and maintain design documents, and follow the release flows.
  • Ownership of circuit and system specifications
  • Simulate designs with state-of-the-art CAD tools
  • Document designs and simulation results

What You Bring

  • BS 20+ years experience, MS 18 +years of experience, PhD 15+ years experience in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science preferred. 
  • 5+ years of experience working with system on chip architecture, high-speed serial interfaces, analog and mixed-signal circuit designs using advanced CMOS technology nodes
  • Prior experience in design of any one of the standard high speed interfaces like DDR or LPDDR I/O interface is preferred
  • Proven experience of full chip design flow from spec to silicon debug.
  • Needs to be an expert in providing and understanding layout requirements of high speed circuits.
  • Knowledge of all facets of high speed I/O design but specifically should include DLL / PLL / FFE / CTLE / DFE, output drivers , ODT, Duty cycle correction (DCC), Training/calibration to improve timing, high speed power design and low power design.
  • Experience working closely with device/process team to define transistor specs
  • Knowledge of ESD requirements and design
  • The ideal individual must have proven ability to achieve results in a fast moving, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and analyze complex problems.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in high frequency clock distribution design, implementation, and analysis.
  • Deep understanding of PPA (performance, power, and area) trade-offs.
  • Ability to handle EDA tools well, such as Cadence, MATLAB (Simulink), and EM tools
  • Experience on silicon bring-up and automatic measurement using script
  • Strong scripting and automation skills using Tcl/Perl. Knowledge of Python is a plus.
  • You’re inclusive, adapting your style to the situation and diverse global norms of our people.
  • An avid learner, you approach challenges with curiosity and resilience, seeking data to help build understanding.
  • You’re collaborative, building relationships, humbly offering support and openly welcoming approaches
  • Innovative and creative, you proactively explore new ideas and adapt quickly to change



What We Offer
The pay range below is for all roles at this level across all US locations and functions. Individual pay rates depend on a number of factors—including the role’s function and location, as well as the individual’s knowledge, skills, experience, education, and training. We also offer incentive opportunities that reward employees based on individual and company performance. 

This is in addition to our diverse package of benefits centered around the wellbeing of our employees and their loved ones. In addition to the usual Medical/Dental/Vision/401k, our inclusive rewards plan empowers our people to care for their whole selves. An investment in your future is an investment in ours.

Give Back With a charitable giving match and frequent opportunities to get involved, we take an active role in supporting the community.
Enjoy Time Away You’ll start with 4+ weeks of paid time off a year, plus holidays and sick leave, to rest and recharge.
Care for Family Whatever family means to you, we want to support you along the way—including a stipend for fertility care or adoption, medical travel support, and an errand service.
Prioritize Emotional Wellness With on-demand apps and paid therapy sessions, you’ll have support no matter where you are.
Stay Fit Eating well and being active are important parts of a healthy life. Our onsite Café and gym, plus virtual classes, make it easier.
Embrace Flexibility Benefits are best when you have the space to use them. That’s why we facilitate a flexible environment so you can find the right balance for you.

Base Pay Range
$158,400$312,000 USD

Equal Opportunity Employment Policy
Samsung Semiconductor is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and affirmative action employer. We’re committed to fostering an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcomed and empowered to do their best work. We hire the best talent for our teams, regardless of race, religion, color, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ancestry, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, or veteran status. Our focus is on hiring teammates with humble expertise, kindness, dedication and a willingness to embrace challenges and learn together every day.

Covid-19 Policy
To help keep our employees, customers, and communities safe, we’ve developed guidelines for our teams. Currently, we encourage vaccination for all employees, and may require it depending on job functions (e.g., traveling for business, meeting with customers). While visiting our offices or attending team events, we ask employees to complete a daily health questionnaire and complete a weekly COVID test. Our COVID policies are subject to change depending on public health, regulatory and business circumstances. 

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