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SoC Architect
TX, United States
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Company Overview

Ambiq Micro is a fabless semiconductor company based in Austin, TX developing the world’s most energy efficient circuit and software platform for the Internet of Things.  Using technology originally invented by leading low power circuit researchers at the University of Michigan, Ambiq is developing a series of ultra-low power products on the Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology (SPOT) Platform.  The company’s Apollo line of MCUs has shattered energy efficiency records and sits at the heart of some of the most innovative wearable and IoT products in the world.  Key markets include wearables, smart home devices, smart cards, wireless sensors, medical devices, and a wide variety of other wireless devices. 

The Ambiq team includes low power experts and industry veterans and is growing quickly.  New team members will join an evolving and exciting environment that values technology-based innovation, adaptation, and, above all, a picojoule fanaticism.

Scope and Responsibilities

The SoC Architect will be responsible for developing next-generation ultra-low power SoC architectures for future Ambiq products.  The candidate will work with the Marketing and Advanced Development teams to develop new SoC specifications to drive architecture and work with the Engineering teams to transfer to Ambiq’s products.  Areas of interest include: low power embedded microcontroller/microprocessor SoC designs, DSP architectures, low power interconnect and memory topologies, display and graphics, audio and voice processing and filtering, wireless communication integration, and multicore architectures.  The candidate will have sufficient experience with system level design and requirements on the SoC architecture, hardware/software partitioning, power and performance modeling/tradeoffs and power management. This position will report directly to the VP of Architecture. 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Work with Ambiq’s Marketing, Advanced Development, architecture, and engineering teams to drive development of new ultra-low power SoC architectures on Ambiq Micro’s technology and product roadmaps
  • Develop SoC level specifications and drive power/performance modeling and analysis
  • Analyze low power multimedia, audio and wireless IP, protocols, and signal chains to identify opportunities for energy savings
  • Work with the engineering team to transition SoC architecture specification into Ambiq Micro’s products
  • Develop strong SoC methodologies, models and detailed specifications
  • Work with systems, solutions, and software teams to ensure robust interfaces and support key product use cases

Experience Required

The candidate should be comfortable with independent specification, analysis and development from high level concepts through design and validation as well as collaborative development with software and hardware engineering.  A deep knowledge of embedded microcontroller/microprocessor SoCs specifically targeting wearable, IoT and mobile systems is critical along with specific experience delivering low power SoC architectures which include multiprocessors, graphics and display controllers, wireless communication controllers, and audio and voice technology. A working knowledge of power management and advanced process nodes is a must. The candidate should be comfortable with full system dataflows and modeling to guide hardware and software analysis and development.

Specific Experience

  • 15+ years of SoC architecture and design experience targeting wearable/IoT and mobile products or similar
  • Experience developing novel SoC architectures from idea to specification to design to post-silicon validation
  • Working knowledge of low power modern mobile electronic systems and multicore CPU/DSP required
  • Experience in embedded volatile and non-volatile memory topologies and technologies required
Preferred Experience
  • Experience in advanced process technologies highly desirable
  • Specific experience in one or more of the following areas strongly preferred
    • Audio, voice and radio communications
    • Graphics, display controller and panel technologies
    • Neural network architectures
    • ARM Cortex-M and/or DSP processor architectures

Key Personal and Professional Attributes

Ambiq Micro management is building a company that values continued technology innovation, a fanatical attention to customer needs, collaborative decision making, and, above all, enthusiasm for energy efficiency.  The incoming candidate should embrace these same values.  The successful candidate must be self-motivated, extremely creative, and should be comfortable learning exciting new technologies.  This is an opportunity for growth and an opportunity to work on complex, interesting, and challenging projects. 


Aleron companies (Broadleaf Results and TalentRISE) are Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis.

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