Principal Soc Architect

3+ months agoSunnyvale, CA


Amazon Devices is an inventive research and development company that designs and engineers high-profile devices like the Kindle family of products. Amazon Devices began in 2004 as a subsidiary of, Inc. Since then, we have worked to produce best-selling e-readers and tablets, as well as new inventions like Fire TV and Fire phone. What will you help us create?

Work hard. Have fun. Make history.

The Role:
As a Principal SoC Architect, you will be responsible for defining the architecture and feature set of SoCs that are used in a range of Amazon Devices products, including streaming media, Echo and IoT devices. You will work closely with a multi-disciplinary groups including Product Management, Hardware Engineering, Software Engineering, Reliability and Operations to drive key aspects of SoC feature set that meets the requirements of products. You will be responsible for defining all aspects of SoC architecture, including compute engines, IO interfaces, memory and storage interfaces, security implementation, and power and performance KPIs. The ideal candidate should have led an SoC project as a lead architect from conception to launch and has hands-on experience in all aspects of SoC design, including front-end architecture development, RTL design and synthesis, RTL modeling and verification, power and performance analysis, manufacturing and qualification. The candidate should have expertise in at least one of the following areas: CPU architecture, memory controllers, video system architecture, audio DSPs, low power WiFi and BT, graphics and display engines. In this role, you will:

• Design world class hardware
• Define all aspects of SoC architecture and work with design teams to implement it
• Interact with cross functional engineering teams across the company
• Dive into and take ownership for critical design issues
• Participate in design reviews
• Address all aspects of technology readiness, including manufacturability
• Help build robust methodology and processes to deliver technology to products


• Master's degree in Electronic Engineering or related field
• 10+ years of experience in SoCs and/or silicon development
• 2- 5 years of experience in RTL design, synthesis and timing closure
• 2- 5 years of DFx (Design for cost, test, manufacturing) expertise


• PhD in Electronic Engineering or related field
• Experience designing SoC interconnects for high throughput media blocks and CPUs
• Experience with ARM and x86 ISA
• Familiarity with silicon manufacturing process, including silicon qualification
• Familiarity with embedded software development and debugging: GNU/Linux device drivers, firmware, IDE (ex: Eclipse, Visual Studio)
• Experience delivering performance models in C/C++
• Experience writing scripts in Python, Tcl, and/or Perl
• Experience working as a Technical Lead
• Technical document writing using Visio, Word, Excel, and / or PowerPoint
• Revision control and document control

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Job ID: Amazon-1387986