High Speed Analog/RF IC Design Engineer for Silicon Photonic Interconnects
Future high-performance computing and information systems implemented in advanced CMOS nodes are expected to require chip-level I/O bandwidths beyond 100Tbps. The available power budget will be less than 1pJ per communicated bit. Such aggressive I/O requirements in terms of bandwidth density and power efficiency will drive the adoption of optical interconnects integrated at the package and chip level. A key challenge in achieving these requirements remains the scaling of the optical “ports” or electro-optic transceivers. These ports form the interface between the electronic IC and the optical links. Scaling the bandwidth density and power consumption of these transceivers requires aggressive optimization and co-design efforts. The best-in-class optical devices (laser, modulators, photodetectors, waveguides, filters, ...) need to be combined with advanced modulator/laser drivers, receive amplifiers and control logic in advanced FINFET CMOS technology (10nm and below). The entire opto-electronic system should be capable of running at single-lane data rates of 50Gb/s and higher.
In this challenging job you will focus on:
• Design and layout of Analog/RF ICs to drive imec’s cutting-edge high-speed silicon photonics devices. This also includes circuit simulation/design/test.
• Analyzing the system specifications and technical requirements. You collaborate with optical device experts and assembly engineers to align design requirements with technology capabilities.
• Supervising and supporting the layout activity for the physical design of individual building blocks, as part of hybrid transceiver prototypes.
• Functional characterizing the designed circuits and hybrid transceiver assemblies. Also, you evaluate the system level performance of integrated prototype vehicles.
• Analyzing test results and communicate your insights to internal technology developers and imec’s industrial and academic partners.
• Delivering models for designing high-speed and low power silicon photonics systems.