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Qualcomm Lead Engineer , Sr (PMIC) in Bangalore, India


Qualcomm India Private Limited

Job Area:

Engineering Group, Engineering Group > Hardware Engineering

Qualcomm Overview:

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General Summary:

PMIC Systems/Firmware/VI Engineer

Team & Product Overview

Qualcomm's Power Management Systems, Validation & Integration team (PMIC-SVI) leads the industry in the system architecture and post-silicon validation of high-performance feature-rich Power Management Integrated Circuits (PMICs), that are embedded in our Chipsets - for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and a variety of cutting-edge consumer electronics.

This team gets to work on state-of-art technology to enable products with world’s leading brands.

A typical Qualcomm PMIC is a highly advanced IC that has a multitude of IPs viz. switching DCDC converters, linear regulators, clock oscillators, battery charger, fuel gauge, LED drivers, and ADCs. Additionally, there is an embedded mini-processor running critical firmware (FW) to support power sequencing, interrupt servicing, crash handling and various device reset scenarios.

It is also responsible for maintaining various stability & performance related configurations that are part of SoC software driver initializations.

Furthermore, it provides an intelligent-framework for sequencing of time-critical-operations, which otherwise can't be guaranteed by any OS / higher-level software.

Often, Qualcomm chipset solutions contain multiple PMICs working together in sync – which together constitute a ‘PMIC-System’.

Job Responsibilities

This job involves a mix of Architecture, HW Systems, Embedded Firmware development, Functional Validation, Chipset integration & customer issue debug support.

Systems involves coming up with a Top-Level specification (involving HW/FW/SW level partitioning of feature-design, HW Register interfaces, memory sizing, protocol selection, multiPMIC connectivity grid, debug framework support, etc) to satisfy all chipset level requirements.

Embedded Firmware development involves coding for a custom processor in Python/Assembly environment to support power sequencing, interrupt servicing, crash handling and various device reset scenarios.

VI-role involves coming up with a comprehensive functional validation plan (that covers both manual and scripted automated test cases), executing them within stipulated time-period, analyzing results at HW-level (via signal measurements), debugging issues & creating reports.

Engineers will be responsible to perform risk assessment of development and validation plans; and interact with PMIC Product Management, Design & Characterization teams; other SoC HW/SW Architecture, Development & Validation teams; and finally Customer-Engagement teams across worldwide sites.

Education Requirements

A Bachelor's degree in Electronics related Engineering is a must. Master’s degree is preferred esp. with specialization in VLSI / Microelectronics, Embedded Systems, Networking, Computer Architecture, Power Management, etc.

Minimum Qualifications

We are looking for applicants with 5-10 years of job-experience – relevant to various HW/FW/SW aspects of any electronic product development.

They should be well-versed with knowledge of entire ASIC Flow (from concept-stage to commercial-product support).

Preferred Qualifications

Applicants should be aware of fundamentals of Digital-Design, Microcontroller architecture, basic-firmware & HW-SW interaction.

Applicants should also have strong hands-on lab-experience in Post-Si Validation. (HW-level Bench measurement and/or SW-level logs-based verification).

Skill sets preferred/required (of descending order of importance):

  1. Hands-on ability & comfort in using various lab instruments like oscilloscopes, power supplies, JTAG debuggers etc.

  2. Good understanding of digital & embedded electronics concepts (flops, MUXes, registers, memory, buses, FSM, microcontrollers) + few digital communication protocols (SPMI, I 2C, interrupts)

  3. Good programming skills in at least one of the following: C#, F#, Python, Perl, LabVIEW or any other scripting language (used in VLSI/Embedded Domain) + understanding of few OOPS concepts.

  4. Familiarity with HW schematics and ability to trace inter connections on a PCB.

  5. Good analytical & communication (verbal/written) skills.

  6. Ability to seek information pro-actively, understand priorities and juggle multiple tasks in a highly paced environment.

  7. Experience in automating test-cases via SW-control for HW-systems

  8. Ability to come up with a High-Level Strategy for any objective and being able to break it into Mid-level flows & Low-level tasks – for efficient execution.

  9. Prior experience in leading & executing white-box validation efforts of a HW-module or sub-module, is a big plus.

  10. Exposure to Assembly-language programming (for microcontroller) is good-to-have.

  11. Exposure to tools like JIRA and GIT are a plus. Keywords Systems, Post-Silicon, Validation, Verification, Testing, Hardware, Firmware, Programming, Automation, Digital, Analog, Mixed-Signal, Power-Management, PMIC, Microcontroller, Assembly, Embedded, Debug, Tools.

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