Applications Engineer - System Teardown SD-5270

Hardware Engineering Austin, Texas

At Cirrus Logic, mixed-signal engineering drives our company. We develop high-performance, low-power signal processing solutions in audio, voice and haptics, delivering innovative end-user experiences and solving difficult challenges for new generations of mobile and consumer devices. While breaking the innovation barrier, we’ve also built an award-winning company culture, thanks to our extraordinary workforce and our ongoing efforts to champion and promote diversity, as well as our principles of equality and fairness in the workplace. Do you enjoy working alongside the industry's top engineers and solving sophisticated challenges for the world's top consumer brands? Join our team and help us continue to make this an exceptional place to work!

As an Applications Engineer focussed on systems teardown, you will perform product teardowns and competitive analysis on the latest electronic gadgets to understand sub-system and IC functions and collect measurement data to determine key behavior and characteristics. You will provide a complete analysis of the overall system, subsystems, and specific IC’s, for electronic devices in categories such as smartphones, tablets, hearable, wearables, smart home, and automotive infotainment.


  • Provide detailed product information by identifying areas of interest, selecting analytical techniques and evaluating results
  • Compose and perform test experiments to understand system and IC performance
  • Work closely with domain specialists in Systems, Design, and Marketing teams to analyze results to determine relevance to product developments
  • Deliver comprehensive assessments of electronic, electro-mechanical, and mechanical sub-systems and components in a product, including diagrams for system connectivity and circuit schematics
  • Assess product architectures and provide recommendations for design choices
  • Provide material lists, including estimated passive component and IC costs/pricing
  • Assess competitive IC’s capabilities and physical analysis for analog/digital/memory structures
  • Provide HW/FW/SW interaction analysis, algorithm functional analysis, and protocol analysis
  • Develop equipment and techniques for the analysis of devices and technologies; perform experimental research to identify and define solutions
  • Engage external data sources/services/contractors or outsource functions as the need arises
  • Produce reports and build a competitive database
  • Keep up with news about competitors and new electronics products/technology
  • Share ideas and specifications with technical audiences
  • Autonomously handle tasks and priorities

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • BS in Electrical Engineering with 3+ years of proven experience reverse engineering devices and circuits, with lab experience in system and device-level functional testing
  • Experience with applications/technology used in electronic products such as audio, autofocus and optical image stabilization, voice coil or other motor drive/control, MEMS, sensors, haptics, wireless radios/protocols, USB or other serial bus protocols
  • Strong analytical, research and problem-solving skills
  • You are highly results-oriented, have excellent written and verbal communication skills and are able to succinctly compile and compose written reports
  • You have a proven aptitude to quickly learn new technologies and are not afraid to ask questions

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Knowledge of semiconductor device physics
  • Knowledge of closed loop control and adaptive algorithms
  • Understanding of kernel level coding and debugging and device drivers
  • Programming or macro/script development experience
  • Macro photography and photo editing/annotating experience

This position is located in Austin, TX

Cirrus Logic is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We strive to select the best qualified applicant for any opening and to reward employees based on their skills, experience and performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, pregnancy status, marital status, gender, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.