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ASIC Bootcode and Firmware Engineer

Advanced Micro Devices inc.

This is a Contract position in Thornhill, ON posted June 29, 2024.


We care deeply about transforming lives with AMD technology to enrich our industry, our communities, and the world. Our mission is to build great products that accelerate next-generation computing experiences – the building blocks for the data center, artificial intelligence, PCs, gaming and embedded. Underpinning our mission is the AMD culture. We push the limits of innovation to solve the world’s most important challenges. We strive for execution excellence while being direct, humble, collaborative, and inclusive of diverse perspectives. 

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We are looking for an ASIC BootCode and Firmware Design Engineering role with Security IP Team. The primary focus of this role is the development and verification of System on Chip secure boot and Security IP initialization embedded firmwareDevelopment of the secure boot and initialization firmware will provide direct and detailed exposure to hardware and software security, cryptography and computer architecture skillsets. 



The preferred candidate is a self-starter, with a strong interest in SOC and computer architecture and desire to build technical ability in both hardware and software development and verification methodologies and skills. You will also have proven experience in digital hardware verification or embedded software debug 



  • Development and verification of embedded firmware for SOC secure boot, SOC initialization and embedded microprocessor driven hardware acceleration services for cryptography, decompression and large scale DMA functions. 
  • Hardware/Firmware co-verification in UVM System Verilog and C-DPI structured testbench. 
  • Hardware/Firmware co-verification in FPGA hardware prototype platform. 
  • Development of scripts and infrastructure methodologies for the modification, compilation and verification of embedded SOC boot firmware. 
  • Test plan development and direct participation in the verification and debug of embedded boot firmware functionality.  Completion of functional test and code coverage goals. 
  • Support platform emulation, SOC simulation and silicon bring-up teams. 
  • Development and modification of the System Verilog and C driven testbench and bus functional models as required. 
  • Embedded CPU and subcomponent IPs with 
  • AXI/AHB busses and HW accelerators such as 
  • CryptographyData Compression, DMA, etc. 
  • Participate in subsystem specification, influence IP micro-architecture development (HW and FW co-design and verification aspect), develop and verify abstracted performance models  
  • Create abstracted FW and HW performance models 
  • Develop critical target code to collect IP performance key parameters  
  • Explore subsystem architecture performance trade-off for FW and HW optimization 
  • Develop and execute subsystem and block level test plans  
  • Develop FW/HW co-verification methodology 
  • Develop UVC and System Response models  
  • Develop and debug UVM and C-DPI test cases with integrated FW 
  • Improve verification metrics 
  • Interface with SoC integration and SoC DV teams 
  • Define and develop IP level DV API to support SoC level DV effort 
  • Develop and maintain IP build and delivery infrastructure to support SoC level integration of SMU IPs.   
  • Support SoC level IP emulation, silicon bring-up and debugging effort 


  • ASIC FW and HW design and verification experience 
  • Prior software development and debug experience 
  • Proficient in C, C++, Assembly, Verilog, System Verilog, and several scripting languages (Make, Perl, Python, etc.) 
  • Knowledge about UVM methodology and C-DPI methodology 
  • Excellent knowledge about standard bus/interface protocols (i.e. AXI, AHB, AMBA) 
  • Excellent experience with firmware design on commercial microprocessors 
  • Excellent experience with microprocessor tool chain, compiler, assembler, debugger 
  • Excellent experience with ASIC verification tools, simulation, linting, power aware simulation, etc.  
  • Strong analytical/problem solving skills and attention to details 
  • Being a motivated team member, and able to independently drive tasks to completion as well 
  • Professional interpersonal and communication skills 


  • Major in Electrical or Computer Engineering.  
  • Master’s or PhD Degree preferred  

LOCATION : Markham, Ottawa, ON 




Benefits offered are described:  AMD benefits at a glance.


AMD does not accept unsolicited resumes from headhunters, recruitment agencies, or fee-based recruitment services. AMD and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity, inclusive employers and will consider all applicants without regard to age, ancestry, color, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religion, political and/or third-party affiliation, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.   We encourage applications from all qualified candidates and will accommodate applicants’ needs under the respective laws throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process.