This individual makes significant contributions to all aspects of IC design for low-power implantable medical devices, including neuromodulation, pacemaker and monitoring devices. The various tasks involve concept/specification development, design partitioning and block level design, detailed circuit design and simulation, layout floor-planning and transistor level layout, bench verification and testing, test vector development, and documentation. The individual in this position directly interacts and collaborates with system level engineers, hardware engineers, firmware engineers, and with IC design, test and layout engineers in teams located in Oregon and Texas. Development tasks involve using state-of-the-art CAD tools for the design, simulation, integration and verification of integrated circuits and systems.
Design and development of high-performance and high-reliability ultra-low power analog/mixed signal integrated circuits for implantable medical products.
Active involvement in all aspects of IC design, including the development of functional concepts and specifications, top-level design architecture, design partitioning and block level design, detailed circuit design and simulation, layout floor-planning and transistor level layout, bench verification and testing, test-vector development, and documentation.
Design of novel low power, low voltage analog/mixed-signal IC functional blocks including but not limited to voltage/current references, operational amplifiers, comparators, switched-capacitor circuits (amplifiers, filters, charge pumps, etc.), ADCs and DACs, oscillators, switching power circuits, communication circuits, etc.
Design of robust, energy-optimal mixed-signal circuits for neuromodulation applications, including circuits for neural stimulation, neural signal amplification/filtering/signal processing, battery charging and power-management.
Design of low power digital functional blocks (combinatorial, sequential, synchronous, asynchronous, state machines, etc.) for timing, control, interfacing and signal processing.
Create behavioral models for modules and system level verification models for circuits.
Perform pre-silicon verification and post-silicon validation of circuits. Collaborate with IC Test group to define production vectors.
Other duties may be assigned at the discretion of the manager
Strongly Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced degree in Electrical Engineering (MS / PhD). Areas of study considered a plus include RF Design, Communication Theory, biomedical engineering, and/or human anatomy and physiology.
5+ years of experience in analog/mixed-signal IC design for very low power portable and/or implantable applications, with a strong grasp of the tradeoffs involved in using various analog and digital circuit design techniques (RTL or schematic based) to optimally implement system functions
Advanced knowledge of CMOS and HV optional processes, device characteristics, transistor level circuit analysis and design concepts and trade-offs: BW, noise, power, feedback analysis, stability etc.
Solid understanding of circuit building blocks (op-amps, comparators, voltage and current references, DACs, ADCs) and layout techniques for ultra-low power design to deliver production quality Silicon.
Experience with top-level verification using System Verilog real number models.
Experience in lab bench characterization and test-vector generation for pre-silicon and post-silicon verification and production support
Knowledge of scripting/language (perl, shell, tcl, python, etc.) along with C/C++ is desirable.
Extensive working knowledge and use of Cadence mixed signal Design tools, Virtuoso XL, Spectre, Xcelium/AMS simulators along with and Maestro, and other mixed signal signoff tools for analog regression testing
Knowledge of low power flows, including voltage/power domains, power shutoff, retention is desired
Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Self-motivated independent thinker able to apply industry research and personal experience to design proposals
Strong verbal communications skill and strong technical document writing skills
Strong understanding of analog and digital signal-processing techniques and communication theory
Experience in neuromodulation IC circuits and applications is highly desired
Experience in the design of very low power RF communication circuits is desirable
Strong foundational knowledge of RF integrated circuit design and communication theory concepts, modelling, simulation, and verification techniques. Associated additional experience in the follow areas will be considered a plus:
LNA, mixer, PA, synthesizer, VCO, data conversion, baseband analog signal processing, RF systems design, modulation/demodulation techniques, wireless communications, digital signal processing, low-power techniques
Electromagnetic modelling and interference mitigation techniques
Competence in circuit simulation, electromagnetic simulation, and analysis tools
Competence in schematic capture, layout, layout verification tools, and parasitic extraction
Competence in behavioral modeling (e.g. Verilog, VerilogAMS, System Verilog), high-level languages (e.g., C, C++, Matlab) and scripting languages (e.g Python)
The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile.
The employee is also required to interact with a computer for extended periods of time, and communicate with co-workers.
Must be able to work a minimum of 40 hours / week.
Must be able to travel to other office locations.
Must be able to travel internationally and domestically, less than 10% of the time
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