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SOC Validation Senior Engineer

Location: Longmont, CO, United States 
Req ID: JR-0000041125


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Key member of SOC validation team with responsibility for comprehensive validation of internally designed SoC’s used for high volume Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and Solid-State Drive (SSD) data storage products.  Functional areas of focus may include Disk RW, Channel RW, Data-Path, Security, Control Logic, and Power.
  • Develop, implement and debug embedded C firmware to be used for operation and validation of internally designed SoCs
  • Generate and implement test cases targeting hardware block level functionality and system use cases
  • Test implementation to include both pre-silicon (FPGA, Palladium) and post silicon (ASIC Validation Board) platforms.
This position reports into the SoC Validation Organization with the goal of reducing risk of SoC re-spin for fast track to high volume manufacturing of data storage products.
  • Develop and maintain embedded C firmware that operates and tests the SoC hardware
  • Run the firmware on all SoC Validation platforms:  FPGA, Palladium, ASIC Validation Board
  • Documentation of Validation Plans and Results
  • Cross-functional interactions with SoC Design, Applications Engineering and Drive Firmware teams.
  • Provide reference firmware and application notes to internal product development teams when needed.
  • BS degree with 2+ or MS degree with 0+ related experience
  • Experienced with embedded C firmware and limited amount of assembly code.
  • Hands-on role must be comfortable with hardware, software, and lab test equipment.
  • Must operate in multi-site environment to coordinate and satisfy goals which have broad business impacts (some travel is required)
  • Good writing and communication skills for application notes, validation plans, status updates and presentations
  • Develop, debug, and maintain validation firmware for multiple functional hardware blocks that exist in the SoC within a multi-processor ARM/ARC core architecture.
  • Experience in or ability to learn drive data path technologies, test software, test equipment and embedded firmware. 
  • Validate correct operation of ASIC hardware features through embedded self-test firmware. 
  • Support SoC bring-up, implementation, and usage of data storage products.
  • Able to be effective in a role with dynamic schedules and clearly definable individual and team goals.
Skills and Knowledge:
  • Embedded C/C++ is required
  • ARM & ARC processor cores and tools
  • Version control, makefiles, and PERL scripting for tools and test automation
  • Microsoft Office Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio
  • Must be comfortable with both Unix and PC environments
  • Usage of JTAG microprocessor emulators and scripts
  • Oscilloscopes, Logic Analyzers and Arbitrary Waveform Generators used for HDD and SSD data path and power analysis
  • Test equipment script writing for oscilloscopes, Arbitrary Waveform Generators (AWG), and bus analyzers.
  • Storage data path technologies
  • Understanding of Verilog RTL a plus but not a requirement
Western Digital Corporation is the world’s largest data storage company with a leading portfolio of HGST, SanDisk, G-Technology and WD brands covering flash and disk-based solutions.  Deployed by the largest and most prominent organizations worldwide, Western Digital solutions are everywhere, touching lives and enabling great value from the data they possess. 
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