Staff ASIC Architect

About Synaptics

Synaptics is the pioneer and leader of the human interface revolution, bringing innovative and intuitive user experiences to intelligent devices. Synaptics' broad portfolio of touch, display, and biometrics products is built on the company's rich R&D and supply chain capabilities. With solutions designed for mobile, PC and automotive industries, Synaptics combines ease of use, functionality and aesthetics to enable products that help make our digital lives more productive, secure and enjoyable. (NASDAQ: SYNA)

Job Responsibilities:

This position involves generating and analyzing new sensing architectures, creating end-to-end system models of capacitive sensing hardware, and exploring and optimizing the system performance of new design approaches. The candidate must have a strong background in analog and digital signal processing and must be able to leverage those skills in order to define architectures for the next-generation of touch-sensing ASIC's. A solid understanding of analog and digital circuitry is required in order to derive specifications for the underlying components and make intelligent system-level tradeoffs in the architecture design. Strong analytical skills are needed to quickly evaluate candidate architectures and determine relative strengths and weaknesses of various solutions. Modeling work in Matlab, Simulink, Verilog and/or VerilogAMS will be performed to validate the architectures developed. In addition, this position involves the bring-up of new ASIC features and incorporating those features into new design platforms. Significant experience modeling analog or RF transceiver designs, co-simulation and overall system architecture are prerequisites for this position. Having experience specifically with capacitive touch sensor is a major plus.

We are seeking a team-oriented individual with excellent problem solving skills who is self-driven with a keen technical mind and an eye for detail. This position is a highly interdisciplinary role that requires effective collaboration with experts across multiple disciplines, so the candidate must be an effective team player able to interact with different specialists from across the company. He or she must be effective in a fast-paced, highly technical R&D environment. System-level analysis, modeling and design are central to this position.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering and at least 5 years of relevant experience
  • Strengths in system theory and signal processing, both analog and digital.
  • Solid understanding of analog and digital circuits
  • Experience with analog or RF system design and modeling
  • Rigorous and methodological approach to problem solving
  • Excellent math skills.
  • Hands-on design, bring-up, test and debug skills
  • Attention to detail!

Desired Qualifications:

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering and at least 3 years of relevant experience
  • Capacitive sensing experience is a strong plus.


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