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Job ID: JR0183420
Job Category: Engineering
Primary Location: Santa Clara, CA US
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Job Type: Experienced Hire

Design Rule Architecture / Path Finding Engineer (SK)

Job Description

This position is associated with the sale of Intel's NAND memory and storage business to SK Hynix (You can read more about the transaction in the press release - The transaction will enhance the resources and potential of the business' storage solutions, including client and enterprise SSDs, in the rapidly growing NAND Flash space amid the era of big data.

This is an exciting time to be at Intel! Come join our NAND DESIGN TECHNOLOGY and MANUFACTURING team as a Sr Product Engineer and work on the most advanced 3DNAND and SSD technology in the world.

As the global leader in the semiconductor industry Intel possesses industry leading Solid State Device (SSD) technology and the most capable NAND Flash products. As a Product Engineer, you will be part of a world class team that will transition to lead the SSD business at SK Hynix.

This position aligns to Phase 2 of the transaction, which includes NAND technology and component development along with fab operations. Employees aligned to Phase 2 will continue to be employed by Intel and will continue to develop NAND technology and components and manufacture NAND wafers at the fab. Phase 2 of the transaction is expected to close in March 2025, at which time employees aligned to this phase of the transaction will transition employment to SK Hynix.

Non Volatile Memory Device and Integration engineers are responsible for leading research and development in order to architect, develop and deliver leading edge nonvolatile memory technologies to high volume manufacturing. They contribute to defining process and device architectures, technology collaterals as well as develop scaling paths for leading edge memory technologies. The scope includes development of new types of process and device architectures involving novel materials, structures and integration schemes to deliver industry leadership in density, performance, reliability and cost. They collaborate with technology development partners in defining goals, developing the vision, aligning strategy and driving fast paced silicon development to meet aggressive technology node cadences. In addition they work closely with the product and system teams to ensure seamless integration of the memory components into Intel's system products as well as with the manufacturing Fabs to ensure a seamless technology transfer and ramp to support the full envelope of component and system products.

This particular role responsibilities include:

  • Architecture /Path finding activities to define and enable next generation memory technologies
  • Architect design rules ( Physical design rules, Electrical design rules, CMOS , array ) to enable best in class die size
  • Interact and lead cross functional groups in TD, design, DA, Rel to define path finding activities including test chip definitions, lead vehicle definitions and understand and support volume ramp
  • Develop and maintain design rule document by having various interactions with process integration, die design, scribe design and CMOS and array device groups.
  • Use DF2, Cadence, K2View, Vcats, to develop and debug the rules.
  • Interact with CAD to debug the rules and come up with sanity checks to understand the interaction with various mask and base layers.
  • Help in updating the logic of the generators by studying the sizing tables and Calibre code.
  • Help in generating the Calibre code for the various sanity checks.
  • Perform DRC checks, layout vs. schematic and netlist extraction tools to ensure correctness in layout and also help in scribe test structures.
  • Interface with multiple other groups like Process Integration, Design Rules, CAD, Layout, Scribe and Mask shops with patience and thoroughness.
  • Drive diagnostic projects across multi-disciplinary teams to understand product and test structure failures and their interaction with layout and mask synthesized data.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Electrical Engineering. Chemical Engineering, Computer Science or related discipline
  • 5 years of experience in Design Rule Checking (DRC) and Layout Versus Schematic tools
  • 5 years of DRC/LVS experience
  • 5 years of experience with CAD tools and software, in particular DF2, K2view and Hercules.

Preferred skills and experience:

  • Semiconductor device and layout.
  • Design Rule Checking and Layout Versus Schematic (DRC/LVS), can fix most DRC/LVS issues that come up; work with the LVS/DRC maintenance group to build new models as needed.
  • Experience with generators and how they are related to process is helpful to fix any DRC/LVS issues..
  • Experience with device physics and parametric analysis.
  • Experience with photolithography and reticle creation.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills with Excel, Visio and Power Point proficiency.
  • Tape-out, OPC and Mask Generation Flows for High volume manufacturing.
  • GDS2/SF/OASIS format and layout hierarchy and layer maps.
  • DFII, K2VIEW and other Industry standard CD capture/measurement tools.

Inside this Business Group

Non-Volatile Solutions Memory Group:  The Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group is a worldwide organization that delivers NAND flash memory products for use in Solid State Drives (SSDs), portable memory storage devices, digital camera memory cards, and other devices.  The group is responsible for NVM technology design and development, complete Solid State Drive (SSD) system hardware and firmware development, as well as wafer and SSD manufacturing.

Posting Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by local law, regulation, or ordinance.

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