Digital IC Design Engineer

IC Design Engineering Cambridge, United Kingdom


About Power Integrations
Power Integrations, Inc., is a Silicon Valley-based supplier of high-performance electronic components used in high-voltage power-conversion systems. Our integrated circuits and diodes enable compact, energy-efficient AC-DC power supplies for a vast range of electronic products including mobile devices, TVs, PCs, appliances, smart utility meters and LED lights. Our SCALE™ IGBT drivers enhance the efficiency, reliability and cost of high-power applications such as industrial motor drives, solar and wind energy systems, electric vehicles and high-voltage DC transmission. Since its introduction in 1998, Power Integrations'​ EcoSmart® energy-efficiency technology has prevented billions of dollars'​ worth of energy waste and millions of tons of carbon emissions. Reflecting the environmental benefits of our products, Power Integrations'​ stock is a member of clean-technology stock indices sponsored by Cleantech Group LLC and Clean Edge. Visit our Green Room for a comprehensive guide to energy-efficiency standards around the world. For more information please visit

Reports to: 
Senior Digital Design Manager

Objective of the role:

Based in our Cambridge office you will work closely with colleagues in both the IC Design and Product Definition teams to provide solutions required for the digital elements of the mixed signal products developed by Power Integrations. This will include solutions which satisfy test and manufacturing requirements. In addition, you will work in developing behavioural models to help accelerate simulation or form part of system emulation.
Education and work experience:
  • Minimum BSc/BEng in Electronics Engineering or related subject, preferable a further degree (e.g. MSc/MEng or PhD).
  • Minimum 2 years experience in digital IC design using standard cell libraries.
As a Digital Designer you should: 
  • Have in depth knowledge and understanding of best-practice digital design methods.
  • Be familiar executing designs via a fully synthesised digital design flow with RTL and logic synthesis.
  • Be fully conversant with the SystemVerilog standard and scripting languages such as TCL.
  • Be familiar with the use of constraints and the automatic place-and-route flow for the physical design.
  • Understand the importance of production test and have experience of design methods to maximize test coverage such as scan.
  • Have experience of design techniques for optimising digital power consumption.
  • Have experience of debugging digital functions in a lab using suitable test equipment (e.g. mixed-signal oscilloscopes).
  • Have experience producing accurate and complete documentation.

Main Responsibilities:
  • Development of functional digital blocks and contribution to complete mixed signal ASICs from definition to full production maturity.
  • Support the Product Definition team with feasibility study, product architecture definition and digital blocks design for FPGA emulation.
  • Complete RTL design in SystemVerilog of digital functions to meet all specification requirements.
  • Create suitable block-level test benches for comprehensive verification of all digital blocks.
  • Create suitable behavioural models and top-level testbenches for comprehensive verification and regression of all system-level functions and production test functions.
  • Complete digital synthesis with suitable physical constraints to meet all PPA requirements.
  • Define and implement DFT architecture. Perform scan insertion, ATPG and insert test points to achieve the required test coverage.
  • Define digital layout floorplan, oversee digital place-and-route, and ensure post-layout timing closure.
  • Generate all necessary design documentation and participate in design reviews.
  • Contribute to all product-level verification and validation plans.
  • Support silicon evaluation and all product validation activities working with Product, Quality and Test Engineering up to production ramp-up.
  • Contribute to Technology Process and Design Methodology improvements.

What We Offer You:
Health & Wellbeing
• Private healthcare (option to add on dependents)
• Enhanced Sick Pay
• Group Income Protection scheme
• Employee Assistance Programme through ‘We Care’
• Group Life scheme (x4 salary)
• Cycle2Work - savings of at least 32% on a new bike or accessories
• Employee perks: discount on trips, hotels, gyms, days out, restaurants, supermarkets and more.

Financial Incentives
• ESPP (employee stock purchase plan) – Option to join scheme twice a year
• Pension scheme- A contributory private pension
• Generous Employee referral bonus (& I-Pad raffle)
*****25 days paid holiday (exclusive of Bank Holidays) and free onsite parking*****