Achronix is a privately held fabless corporation based in Santa Clara, California and offers high-performance FPGA solutions. Achronix’s history is one of pushing the boundaries in the high-performance FPGA market. Achronix offerings include programmable FPGA fabrics, discrete high-performance and high-density FPGAs with hardwired system-level blocks, data center and HPC hardware accelerator boards, and best-in-class EDA software supporting all Achronix products.

Position Profile Name:
SerDes and SI and PI Applications Engineer
Requisition No.:
Type of Position:
Regular, Exempt
Reports to:
Sr. Director of Product Applications
Santa Clara, California

Job Description/Responsibilities
Ownership of the 112G SerDes PMA and PCS configurations for all Achronix products, with the immediate focus being the Speedster7t FPGA family.
Drive cross-functional bring-up, validation, characterization, support and documentation efforts of the SerDes made available on the Speedster7t devices and boards.
Support engineering teams and third-party vendors in running pre-Silicon SI/PI simulations to ensure that target operation specs can be met at the die, package and board level, and collect data post-Silicon to validate findings.
Work with the Achronix software team to implement and verify appropriate the SerDes macros/configurations for ACE users.
Generate bring-up and reference designs, including simulation support, to showcase SerDes operation, loss profiles and capabilities at different data rates.
Provide a high-level of technical support to resolve challenging customer issues with a focus on, but not limited to, SerDes and SI/PI.
Participate in road-mapping and planning discussions for SerDes and SI/PI in future Achronix products.

Required Skills
Expert in 112G SerDes PMA and PCS architectures and applications, with PAM4 and NRZ implementations.
Knowledge of protocol IP – specifically PCIe Gen3/4/CCIX and 10G/40G/100G/400G Ethernet, and how SerDes need to be set up to work in such cases.
Strong understanding of signal integrity and power integrity concepts, specifically as they pertain to SerDes implementation and verification at the die, package and board-level.
Proficient in technical writing, including characterization reports, user guides, test/verification plans and spreadsheet based analyses.
Experience with FPGA implementations and programming, specifically pertaining to SerDes and protocols.
Good communication skills and ability to multi-task.

Education and Experience
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in EE, CE or equivalent work experience
At least five years’ experience working on SerDes PMA/PCS bring-up, validation, characterization and debug.
Expert with lab test equipment, specifically those needed for SerDes validation and characterization – oscilloscopes, function generators, logic analyzers, BERTs, backplanes, etc.