Cisco Senior ASIC Backend Engineer in San Jose, California

Senior ASIC Backend Engineer

  • Location: San Jose, California, US

  • Area of Interest Engineer - Hardware

  • Job Type Professional

  • Technology Interest Cloud and Data Center, Networking

  • Job Id 1226963

What You'll Do

Looking for a talented and motivated ASIC backend leader specializing in timing – timing analysis and closure, helping to construct and modify flows, working with designers for timing changes. If you’re looking to join a top-notch ASIC development team that leads the market with innovative silicon for datacenter (Switching, Storage, VIC), then look no further.

You will collaborate closely with the architecture, hardware, and software teams to design, develop, verify, and validate Data Center networking ASICs working across product generations, networking technologies, and protocols. There are only a handful of teams in the world that implement and deliver successful ASICs at this performance and scale, and we take pride in the impact of our work. Every time you access the internet, chances are, your data is going through one of our ASICs.


  • Architecting timing methodology for large switching ASICs

  • Working with design teams to develop, understand and debug constraints, facilitate logic changes to improve timing

  • Working with Physical Design and Logic Design teams, highlighting issues and best practices

  • Help create timing ECO’s for project tapeout

  • Create/maintain timing scripts and methodologies for analysis and runs

  • Create documentation and help with guidelines/specs

  • Deep analysis of timing paths to identify key issues

  • Implement timing infrastructure

Who You'll Work With

Come join us and take part in shaping Cisco’s revolutionary solutions for datacenters by designing some of the most complex chips being developed in the industry with the opportunity to get full exposure to all aspects of the systems and applications we build (Silicon, Hardware, Software, telemetry, security, etc). Our group offers a unique combination of a startup culture with the benefits of working for the leading networking company in the world!

Who You Are

  • Architected and implemented timing sign-off methodology for large switching ASICs

  • Expertise with STA on large, complex designs and Multi-Scenario Timing Closure

  • Familiar with all aspects of timing of large high-performance SoC designs in sub- micron technologies

  • Timing Margin Fundamentals from synthesis to signoff

  • Needs to be proficient in STA and methodologies for timing closure, and have a good understanding of noise, cross- talk, and OCV effects, among others

  • Familiar with circuit modeling, including SPICE models and worst-case corner selection.

  • Programming with Perl, TCL

  • Timing Flow using industry standard tools.

  • Familiarity with ECO techniques and implementation

  • Familiarity with power recovery techniques using STA tools

  • Good communicator who can accurately describe issues and follow them through to completion

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering

  • The ideal candidate will have 10+ years of hands on experience in STA with leadership role in architecting timing methodology for large switch ASICs

Why Cisco

We connect everything: people, processes, data, and things. We innovate everywhere, taking bold risks to shape the technologies that give us smart cities, connected cars, and handheld hospitals. And we do it in style with unique personalities who aren’t afraid to change the way the world works, lives, plays and learns.

We are thought leaders, tech geeks, pop culture aficionados, and we even have a few purple haired rock stars. We celebrate the creativity and diversity that fuels our innovation. We are dreamers and we are doers.

We Are Cisco.




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