Foundary Interface Engineer, ASIC- Proto

Employer
Block
Location
Boston, Massachusetts
Posted
Feb 23, 2024
Closes
Mar 04, 2024
Ref
2721339025
Discipline
Engineering
Position Type
Engineer
Specialty
Alternative Fuels
Hours
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate, Other Corporate
Job Description

Team Overview

We believe everyone should be able to participate and thrive in the economy. We believe bitcoin plays an essential role in the future of payments and the world's economy. We believe that the status quo of bitcoin mining does not serve the mission of the bitcoin ecosystem. So we're building a bitcoin mining rig powered by a Block designed ASIC. With our mining rig, we can address many issues such as the concentration of hardware supply in certain countries and incompatibility with clean energy sources.

About the Role:

You will be part of the custom silicon team in Block that develops bitcoin mining ASIC. In this role you will work closely with the foundry, design, and production test team to analyze wafer data, and to make recommendations for design and process tuning.

The Foundry Interface Engineer will engage with Foundry partners/third-party vendors as well as internal teams to continuously improve the design of our ASICs. This work will include partnering with OSAT to continuously monitor and review production wafer test data, and work with standard cell level circuit designers to analyze the results. Based on the analysis the engineer will make requests to the foundry for process fine tuning.

This is the first hire of its type for Proto, and is an opportunity for an experienced Process Engineer, Design Engineer or similar specialist in ASIC manufacturing and design to establish new processes in continuous improvement for our cutting edge ASICs.

You Will

Engage with Foundry partners/third-party vendors to manage foundry PDK/DK and design library collaterals

Guide internal IP/design teams on appropriate usage of technology attributes/offerings in accordance with product requirements (e.g., performance, power, area, and cost).

Collaborate with internal third-party infrastructure, customization, test-chip, methodology, and packaging and product test engineering teams for seamless execution of product bring-up and productization.

Review and assess Foundry silicon data against SPICE/design goals and compile SPICE to Silicon gap analysis. Drive foundry partners on CIPs to improve foundry process to meet technology entitlement and product goals.

Work with foundry to identify potential device parameter changes to enable efficient low-voltage operation

Work closely with circuit designers to determine what device improvements could improve circuit performance and energy efficiency

Work with test engineers to analyze and validate production wafer data

Contribute to binning strategy to maximize parametric yield