pSemi Corporation is a Murata company driving semiconductor integration. pSemi builds on Peregrine Semiconductor’s 30-year legacy of technology advancements and strong IP portfolio but with a new mission—to enhance Murata’s world-class capabilities with high-performance semiconductors. With a strong foundation in RF integration, pSemi’s product portfolio now spans power management, connected sensors, optical transceivers, antenna tuning and RF frontends. These intelligent and efficient semiconductors enable advanced modules for smartphones, base stations, personal computers, electric vehicles, data centers, IoT devices and healthcare. From headquarters in San Diego and offices around the world, pSemi’s team explores new ways to make electronics for the connected world smaller, thinner, faster and better.
Senior characterization and automation engineer capable of developing test hardware and software for characterization of Analog/Mixed-Signal IP circuit blocks and prototypes for CMOS IC products in the area of power management applications. Product lines include various types of DC-DC convertors and power regulators. With adequate understanding of electronic circuit principles, identify measurements required to assess how new designs meet their technical requirements and specifications, then build the hardware setup needed to perform these measurements and automat it with software. The evaluation may be conducted on die, packaged devices or modules. Analyze measured data and report on characterization results.
As part of a cross-functional product development team, it is required to work with and support other essential disciplines including design, marketing, applications, project management and production test engineering. This role requires a high level of independence, proactivity and focused action, working directly with other engineers to accomplish characterization objectives of the project in a timely manner.
Roles & Responsibilities
This position has responsibility for:
Plan the Characterization: Develop a characterization plan based on the new design’s product requirement specifications, detail how each parameter in the specifications will be measured and with which instruments. Discuss the characterization plan with stakeholders before execution.
PCB Design: Aid the process of designing a PCB (if required) for the evaluation of a new design, provide detailed input on PCB requirements related to the test conditions and test automation, based on the characterization plan
Build a Setup: Construct a complete measurement system (recommend equipment for purchase/hire, if necessary), include switching, control and synchronization as needed to ensure that as much as possible a complete characterization of a device can be conducted in a single run.
Instrument Automation: Develop instrument control and data collection software to control instrumentation through GPIB, LAN or USB (or other) for automating the defined measurements over all identified conditions. LabVIEW is the preferred automation language and the existing custom test sequencing software tool is the preferred platform. Ensure synchronous behavior between different instruments in the setup and with the device under test.
Data Collection: Gather necessary data and use it to confirm device compliance to specifications. Use statistical methods and software to determine specification and test limits.
Reporting and Documentation: Ensure that the product’s characterization process (plan, setup, analysis method and results/conclusions) are documented, according to the corporate standards and templates. Present the characterization results to stake holders and implement feedback as necessary.
Further development: Contribute to the characterization team’s efforts on enhancing methodologies towards more efficient practices aimed at improving both speed and quality of the characterization work.
In order to perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Critical Thinking : Skilled at finding logical flaws in arguments and plans; identifies problems and solutions that others might miss; provides detailed insight and constructive criticism into problems and complex situations
Working with Ambiguity : Achieves forward progress in the face of poorly defined situations and/or unclear goals; able to work effectively with limited or partial information
Displaying Technical Expertise : Keeps his/her technical skills current; effectively applies specialized knowledge and skills to perform work tasks; understands and masters the technical skills, knowledge and tasks associated with his/her job; shares technical expertise with others
Driving for Results: Aggressively pursues challenging goals and objectives; will to put in considerable time and effort to accomplish objectives; takes a highly focused, goal driven approach towards work
Making Accurate Judgments and Decisions: Bases decisions on a systematic review of relevant facts and information; avoids making assumptions or rushing to judgment; provides clear rationale for decisions
Minimum Qualifications (Experience and Skills)
5+ years of experience developing test hardware/software for characterization of Analog/Mixed-Signal IP circuit blocks, or in a very similar field
Knowledge and hands on use of electronic lab measurement equipment such as digital multimeters, function generators, oscilloscopes, power supplies, electronic loads…etc.
Significant National Instruments LabVIEW experience (certification preferred)
Demonstratable knowledge of using LabVIEW for automation of test setups involving multiple instruments and control of the device under test
Experience with use of statistical methods to determine performance compliance to specifications from measurements on a sizable set of samples
Knowledge of digital control interfaces such as I2C and SPI (preferably including using LabVIEW to control ICs through these interfaces)
Geneal knowledge of CMOS IC design for commercial applications in bulk CMOS and/or SOI processes
General knowledge of IC fabrication, wafer post-processing and packaging processes
Proven strength in documentation clarity and completeness
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and English proficiency
Willingness to challenge the status quo in order to enhance productivity, processes and procedures
Team player with a strong sense of urgency to meet product requirements on schedule
Team oriented, but also self-motivated and ability to work independently
Proficient Microsoft Office user
Experience with any of the following: National Instruments CVI, C/C# or visual basic
Experience with any of the following: MatLab, JMP, Datapower
Experience with on-wafer probing
PCB design experience
Experience in the Semiconductor industry
BSc (Hons) or higher in Electrical/Electronic Engineering
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.
pSemi Corporation supports a diverse workforce and is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for applicants and employees. pSemi does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions or breastfeeding), gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license issued under Vehicle Code section 12801.9), ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally-protected medical condition, military or veteran status (including “protected veterans” under applicable affirmative action laws), marital status, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal laws applicable to the Company. pSemi also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that an employee or applicant has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.
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