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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.

Offer Requirements

  • Skills/Qualifications

  • We value your PhD. in the area of Analog/RF IC design. Experience in RF circuit test and characterization is required.
  • Additional experience in the design of silicon photonics interconnects is a plus.
  • You are a communicative team player, also able to work independently.
  • You are pro-active, persuasive and assertive. You always keep a constructive attitude.
  • You can flexibly change between different projects according to changing priorities.
  • You have an excellent knowledge of English.
  • High Speed Analog/RF IC Design Engineer for Silicon Photonic Interconnects

    IMEC, Leuven
    Design Engineer, Design Engineer, Engineering
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