PMTS Systems Design Eng.

Aug 14, 2022
Santa Clara, United States
... Not specified
... Intermediate
Full time
... Office work

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Power and Performance Lead Engineer - 179202



As AMD grows, growing our leadership in systems engineering expertise is essential for all the new products in the AMD pipeline. We supply semiconductors, high-performance computing, graphics, and visualization technologies for PC, gaming, and data center industries.


As the product lead engineer you will be expected to lead technical experts internally and externally, to guide complex products from end to end from design to delivery. The role requires an unusual mix of technical breadth, problem solving, and soft skills.


It’s not for the overly introverted. It is for the ambitious engineer who appreciates having a high-visibility role and making an impact. Each week brings new challenges. Your ability to solve problems and to inspire others to solve problems matters to the whole organization as well as to the industry. The systems power and performance lead engineer is a cross-functional technical leader. Successful power and performance engineers drive technical decisions and maintain an even keel. You will need to learn as you go and mentor along the way as well.



  • Own performance/watt attainment for mobile client APU products supporting with continuous test, debug, analysis, & defect resolution throughout the course of a program.

  • Work closely with the System Architect to set power and performance attainment objectives.

  • Develop methodologies to optimize HW and SW power management to maximize performance and user-experience on AC and on DC power.

  • Author and Implement strategies & test plans for product-specific performance/watt, feature, and target market spaces as appropriate; identify risks & build mitigation plans.

  • Own hardware & resource planning for the pertinent product space addressing product needs.

  • Support cross-functional technical teams with targeted analyses through hands-on testing.

  • Engage with cross-functional leadership to integrate deliverables with project work streams.

  • Engage with customer engineering and the customers on power and performance optimization problems, promptly resolve issues.

  • Feedback improvement areas to the various teams, including the power management architecture, IP, SoC, O/S, FW, and silicon enablement teams.

  • Collaborate with other engineering teams on common program test & debug activities and process improvements.



  • Brings depth and expertise in product performance-per-watt attainment tradeoffs.

  • Expert at tackling multi-variable problems via system level modeling, testing and characterization, trend analysis/projection, and model verification.

  • Speaks SW not just HW - understand system-level power management trade-offs, both at HW and SW levels.

  • Understands system-level thermal, power, frequency, and/or voltage limited workload behavior, and the impact of hardware design trade-offs on the limiters.

  • Understands CPU core design and architecture at micro-architecture, L2/L3 cache design hierarchy, and core complex CCX-level.

  • Understands physical design and RTL-level trade-offs to attained best performance-per-watt for product IP mix and variations.

  • Understands GPU power/performance, SW power management, and system-level trade-offs.

  • Understands multimedia and peripheral IP SW/HW power management and optimal perf/watt attainment strategies.



  • Effective with communication and building respect while communicating status to executive level audience.

  • Accomplished listener who can analyze, abstract, communicate the big picture, and bring along the team.

  • Develop strong partnerships with program stakeholders across the organization and development partners outside the organization.

  • Excellent verbal communication and written, presentation skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, analytical, planning, and technical management skills.



  • Product development with hardware platforms and their software & firmware ecosystems.

  • Experience in the PC architecture space and familiarity with hands-on system setup & testing.

  • Direct technical experience on APU/CPU system performance analysis and micro-architectural power management.

  • Proven ability to deliver large cross-functional technical deliverables.

  • Experience working in a fast-paced matrixed technical organization and multi-site environment.

Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or relevant discipline plus a minimum of 10 years of industry experience including at least 3-5 years focused on system engineering and power/performance. Master’s Degree (MS) preferred.  

•    Santa Clara, California

Requisition Number: 179202 
Country: United States State: California City: Santa Clara 
Job Function: Design

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