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Principal Engineer, Memory Architect

San Jose, CA, US


Req. ID: 176841 


Micron Technology’s vision is to transform how the world uses information to enrich life and our commitment to people, innovation, tenacity, collaboration, and customer focus allows us to fulfill our mission to be a global leader in memory and storage solutions. This means conducting business with integrity, accountability, and professionalism while supporting our global community.


As a CNBU Architecture Engineer at Micron Technology, you will develop optimized solutions that are focused on next generation datacenter, networking and client systems. These products drive a significant portion of Micron’s revenue, and include DDR4, DDR5, and DDR6. You will establish a deep understanding of Micron’s technologies and capabilities, as well as key market trends and competitive landscapes. You will be responsible for building strong technical relationships with system architects and key technologists across the industry and will represent Micron at technical conferences and consortia. Your role in those industry engagements will be to drive pathfinding discussions, influence design-in decisions and negotiate product requirements with our ecosystem partners and customers. Internally, you will partner with Micron’s top R&D, design, test, and product engineers to ensure successful implementation of new product concepts. You will, also, work closely with Product and Business Development Managers to warrant that each technical decision is aligned with our business strategy, and to ultimately take the products to market.


Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

Develop a strong cross-disciplinary understanding of the full solution space, including:

  • Fabrication process – including CMOS and interconnect capabilities
  • Circuit implementations within our DRAM components
  • Functionality of DRAM, emerging memory, and other devices
  • Package and module design
  • System topologies and interconnects – including details on protocols, PHY’s, and signaling (SI/PI)
  • DRAM interaction with the system – especially for shared timing and power budgets
  • Processors and accelerators – CPU’s, GPU’s, ASIC and FPGA options
  • System-level thermal, physical and power considerations
  • Firmware / software – BIOS, OS, drivers, frameworks, applications, benchmarks
  • Performance, power, cost, complexity, quality and reliability implications of these solutions


Understand customer requirements and develop new solutions for compute and networking applications

  • Understand the problems to be solved, priorities, and optimization points for customer systems
  • Analyze technology trends in the industry
  • Analyze competitive solutions
  • Identify clear value propositions
  • Develop and identify key benchmarks
  • Define and drive feasibility studies and system performance analyses
  • Support and assist successful design-in of new solutions


Own the product specifications and technical documents related to new technologies

  • Build new product concepts and intellectual property
  • Create and maintain internal product design requirements
  • Determine design targets based on required optimization points
  • Work with manufacturing, test and product engineers to ensure that the product requirements consider our execution capabilities for efficient business performance
  • Build and maintain customer product specifications
  • Contribute to Micron’s internal technology roadmap
  • Contribute to test verification and validation plans
  • Educate and train internal groups to aid in producing new technologies
  • Engage with the market as a technical expert
  • Develop relationships with counterparts at key customers and ecosystem enablers
  • Participate in standards organizations to build proposals and specifications
  • Drive technical meetings with key customers and ecosystem enablers
  • Promote Micron’s emerging product technologies
  • Participate and speak at industry conferences
  • Generate technical whitepapers


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or a related field
  • Master’s Degree in engineering is preferred
  • 5+ years in an engineering role related to semiconductor products and/or computer architecture
  • Experience crafting detailed technical specifications and engineering documentation – ideally utilizing Adobe Framemaker and Illustrator
  • Working knowledge of best-known methods in silicon development – related to specification, architecture definition, logic design, physical design, timing closure, verification, tape-out, validation, etc.
  • Experience in participating in standards organizations, like JEDEC, is preferred
  • Significant domain knowledge in one or more of the following areas is preferred:
    • DRAM design, test or product engineering – DDR4, DDR5, HBM, GDDR, NVDIMM
    • DRAM module design – raw cards, PMIC, DB’s, RCD’s, Hub, TS, etc.
    • Memory hierarchy and subsystem – MMU, memory controller, cache, etc.
    • Computer architecture and hardware accelerators
    • Interconnect standards – CXL, GEN-Z, CCIX, OpenCAPI, NVLink, PCIe, OMI, etc.
    • Datacenter and enterprise workloads – virtualization, in-memory database, AI/ML, SDM
    • Performance benchmarks – SPEC CPU, MLC, MLPerf, VMmark, Memcached, TPC, etc.
    • Semiconductor quality and reliability – ECC, stress testing, fail mechanisms, etc.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally


About Us

As the leader in innovative memory solutions, Micron is helping the world make sense of data by delivering technology that is transforming how the world uses information. Through our global brands — Micron, Crucial and Ballistix — we offer the industry’s broadest portfolio. We are the only company manufacturing today’s major memory and storage technologies: DRAM, NAND, NOR and 3D XPoint™ memory. Our solutions are purpose built to leverage the value of data to unlock financial insights, accelerate scientific breakthroughs and enhance communication around the world.


Micron Benefits

Employee Rewards Program, Healthcare, Paid time off (Combined Sick and Vacation Time), Retirement savings plans, Paid maternity/paternity leave, Employee Assistance Program, Professional development training, Workplace wellness programs, Micron Health Clinic (Boise only), Fitness Center/Activity rooms (Boise/San Jose only), Tuition Reimbursement, Micron Corporate Discounts, Casual Dress attire.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.


For US Sites Only: To request assistance with the application process and/or for reasonable accommodations, please contact Micron’s Human Resources Department at 1-800-336-8918 or 208-368-4748 and/or by completing our General Contact Form

Keywords:  San Jose || California (US-CA) || United States (US) || CNBU (Compute & Networking Business Unit) || Experienced || Regular || Engineering || #LI-BG1 || Tier 5 || 

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