Principal System Validation Engineer

Astera Labs

Astera Labs

201-500 employees

Semiconductor-based connectivity solutions for cloud-scale data


$180,000 - $260,000


Santa Clara, CA, USA

Required Skills
Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design
  • Strong academic and technical background in electrical or computer engineering
  • ≥8 years of experience supporting or developing complex SoC/silicon products for Server, Storage, and/or Networking applications
  • Experience with silicon bring-up, debugging complex electrical and system performance issues, production ramp
  • Strong knowledge in scripting for automation of validation efforts (e.g. Python, Matlab)
  • Very knowledgeable about common high-speed SerDes protocols like Ethernet, PCIe etc., and the electrical, system level specifications defined in the standard documents (IEEE802.3, PCIe Base Specification etc.)
  • Very knowledgeable about SerDes architecture including Tx/Rx equalization, adaptation, CDR, block level requirements and SerDes link jitter budget
  • Experience working with lab equipment such as protocol analyzers, BERT, real-time scopes, sampling scopes and VNA
  • Experience with PAM4 SerDes validation
  • Knowledge of schematic capture and PCB layout tools from Cadence, Altium, etc.
  • Knowledge of Signal Integrity simulation tools
  • Professional attitude with the ability to prioritize a dynamic list of multiple tasks, to plan and prepare for customer/internal meetings in advance, and to work with minimal guidance and supervision
  • Entrepreneurial, open-mind behavior and can-do attitude. Think and act with the customer in mind!
  • Develop and perform system validation tests using leading-edge Data Center equipment and scalable automation platforms
  • Understand the performance and functionality requirements our ICs must deliver to enable customers developing Data Center systems using Astera Labs’ game-changing portfolio of connectivity products for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning applications
  • Formulate a comprehensive validation plan, automate the testing of ICs and board products in a data-centric manner, design experiments to root-cause unexpected behavior, report results and specification compliance in an automated fashion
  • Work with key customers directly to understand their care-abouts and highlight the unique capabilities and performance of Astera Labs’ solutions

Astera Labs stands at the forefront of semiconductor-based connectivity solutions, specializing in the optimization of accelerated computing platforms for AI applications. Their pioneering products, based on PCIe, CXL, and Ethernet technologies, address the growing demand for efficient data processing, transfer, and storage in today's data centers. With a focus on enabling intelligent data infrastructure at cloud-scale, Astera Labs is a key player in supporting the vast majority of organizations investing in big data and AI initiatives.

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Santa Clara, California



Growth & Insights

6 month growth


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2 year growth