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Director of Physical Design

Company: Enfabrica
Location: Mountain View
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:


Join an ambitious and highly experienced team of silicon and hyperscale data center systems experts as our Director of Physical Design. Our team is motivated by a singular mission: to revolutionize the performance and scalability of next-generation distributed computing infrastructure. You have the opportunity to build a groundbreaking new category of product, working alongside some of the industry's most talented hardware and software engineers to create truly disruptive infrastructure solutions that delight our customers.

We are looking for a talented, motivated engineering leader with experience in physically implementing large-scale networking and computing semiconductor products, and who is looking for the challenge and reward of a fast paced, dynamic startup environment. We are looking for an industry veteran who has the range to drive deep technical decisions and tradeoffs across the full lifecycle of complex chip development, from CAD tool flow setup, early floorplan exploration in conjunction with microarchitecture development, through block partitioning, power planning, clock network design and construction, through P+R, timing closure, package design, PI/SI analysis, physical verification, and tapeout.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Build a team of outstanding physical design engineers from the ground up, with the breadth of expertise and depth of technical knowledge to deliver a very large, complex, IO-intensive chip.
  • Evaluate, select, and install the CAD tool flow for physical implementation in a cloud-first development environment.
  • Work with architects and microarchitects on the chip-level floorplan and overall physical design strategy, driving tradeoffs in functional partitioning, block size, and interface complexity.
  • Define the major physical structures, including the clock and reset architecture, the power delivery network, and interconnect topologies.
  • Establish the P+R workflow at the block and chip levels, working with large and complex designs in the latest process technology nodes, at leading edge scale and performance.
  • Execute on block-level, cluster-level, and top-level physical implementation, from synthesis, floorplan and power plan, through P+R, through timing closure, physical verification, and tapeout. Manage the overall progress, while also setting the technical direction across the full project lifecycle.
  • Interface with foundry and library partners on 3rd party IP and process technology issues, including updates to device models, IP integration requirements, and pre-tapeout signoff.

    • Proven industry experience and successful track record in a leadership role in the physical implementation of large, high-performance network switching/routing fabrics (Ethernet, Infiniband, HPC), Network Interface Controllers, Smart-NICs, CPUs, or GPUs in the latest silicon process nodes.
    • Deep experience with the latest CAD tools through the entire physical design workflow, e.g., Cadence Genus and Innovus, Synopsys ICC2/FusionCompiler, Tempus, PrimeTime SI, PrimeTime PX, StarRC, ICV, Calibre. Strong relationships with EDA vendors is a plus.
    • Strong familiarity with various analysis tools such as Redhawk, Voltus.
    • Experience with circuit analysis using HSPICE is a plus.
    • Expert knowledge of SystemVerilog, as well as Perl, Python or other scripting languages.
    • Minimum BSEE/CE + 15 years or MSEE/CE + 10 years experience.
    • Proven track record of execution on products which have shipped in high-volume.

      Company Background

      We are a well-funded, stealth-mode startup based in Mountain View, CA, founded by senior technical and business executives hailing from category leaders in infrastructure semiconductors and hyperscale cloud services, and backed by top-tier investors with an immensely successful formula & track record on early-stage investments. We are a diverse team of expert chip/software/systems architects and developers who excel in hardware/software solution co-design. Our team has built, and delivered into production, technologies that process over half of the world's global data center traffic.

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