• Principal Design Engineer

    Job Locations US-CA-Sunnyvale
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  • Overview


    The Rambus Security Division (RSD) is dedicated to providing a secure foundation for a connected world. Integrating technologies from Cryptography Research, Bell ID and Ecebs, our innovative solutions span areas including tamper resistance, content and media protection, network security, mobile payment, smart ticketing, and trusted transaction services. Our technologies protect nearly nine billion licensed products annually, providing secure access to data and creating an economy of digital trust between our customers and their customer base. As a premier provider of security solutions, the Rambus Security Division focuses on market sectors that present opportunities for rapid deployment of innovative technologies to meet consumer needs.


    Cryptography Research is looking for a talented ASIC Design Engineer to join our world class technology team. This engineer will work closely with other ASIC engineers and architects, as well as security, cryptography, verification and software engineers to architect, design, implement, and integrate digital hardware for a variety of security-related ASIC products. Cryptography and hardware security experience is not required, but an ability to, and interest in, learning about these areas is important.




    • Perform RTL-level design, including micro-architectural definition, of digital logic used in secure ASIC cores.
    • Assist with EDA tool-related tasks, such as synthesis, static-timing analysis, logical equivalency checking, and help improve flows and scripts for such tasks.
    • Assist with integration of CRI technology into customer and partner ASIC design projects, in such areas as clocking and reset logic, memory interfaces, test interfaces, and system buses.



    • BS or MS degree in electrical or computer engineering or closely related degree strongly preferred; but substantial, relevant, outstanding work experience may substitute in some cases.
    • 12 plus years’ experience working as an ASIC design engineer.
    • Familiarity with front-end ASIC design flows, including design, simulation, synthesis, and timing analysis. Experience with back-end flows, especially place-and-route, is beneficial.
    • Proven track record of on-time delivery of silicon-proven designs.
    • Demonstrated proficiency in Verilog and digital design.
    • Experience as a technical leader/mentor is beneficial.
    • Expertise in some or all of the following areas is beneficial:
      • High performance CPU architecture and design.
      • IP core delivery and handoff issues.
      • Modern SoC design methodologies and architectures.
      • Low-power design techniques.
      • DFT, especially memory testing and characterization and/or Logic BIST methodologies.
      • Manufacturing test, device characterization and qualification, reliability testing.
    • Hardware development experience in UNIX/Linux environments, including supporting tasks such as shell scripting and basic Perl scripts.
    • Ability to work with technical writers in the production of technical documentation.


    Personal Attributes:

    • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Able to communicate ideas in both technical and user-friendly language.
    • Able and willing to work in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
    • Highly motivated and self-directed, with keen attention to detail.
    • A desire to identify and tackle complex technical challenges, while influencing others and elevating the team.
    • A demonstrated ability to prioritize and execute tasks to achieve goals in an innovative, fast-paced, and often high-pressure environment.
    • Proven analytical and creative problem-solving abilities.




    Rambus offers an extremely competitive compensation package, which includes a strong base salary, bonus, equity, matching 401(k), employee stock purchase plan, comprehensive medical and dental benefits, time-off program and gym membership.

    Rambus creates cutting-edge semiconductor and IP products, spanning memory and interfaces to security, smart sensors and lighting. Our chips, customizable IP cores, architecture licenses, tools, services, training and innovations improve the competitive advantage of our customers. We collaborate with the industry, partnering with leading ASIC and SoC designers, foundries, IP developers, EDA companies and validation labs. Our products are integrated into tens of billions of devices and systems, powering and securing diverse applications, including Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, consumer and media platforms. At Rambus, we are makers of better. For more information about Rambus, visit rambus.com. For additional information on life at Rambus and our current openings, check out rambus.com/careers/.



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