San Jose, California

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Job Description:

Senior Validation Engineer

Senior firmware developer responsible for validating PCI Express Switch ICs that have enhanced capabilities. The primary activity is to develop firmware for on-die ARM processor and off-chip server drivers to facilitate advanced testing of new products.


This position is responsible for development of the firmware and software infrastructure that is used to validate new PCI express products from Broadcom's Data Center Solutions Group.

This infrastructure is used to test the RTL design in simulation and FPGA emulation before tape out, as well as on finished silicon.

The firmware test code runs on an on-chip ARM processor. It is intended to facilitate testing of the hardware logic interfaces.

Some host driver software must also be created or modified to work with the firmware code.

Close cooperation with a core group of validation staff is required to define, develop, and support validation activities.

Reporting relationships:

This position reports directly to the Systems Engineering director and also requires close coordination with the validation manager.

Cross-functional relationships:

In addition to close coordination with the validation team, the candidate will work closely with the production software and firmware engineers to leverage their code and assist them as they develop their code typically later in the development cycle of each new product.

Skills, knowledge and experience required:

Extensive experience with ARM firmware development is required. Extensive experience developing and testing drivers Experience with Dstream/Eclipse debug tools is highly desirable. Expert level knowledge of PCI Express protocols is highly desirable

IO virtualization

Synthetic hierarchy


I2C, UART, MDIO, Ethernet, SGPIO, SPI flash bus protocols, GPIO

Enterprise server chassis management and SES


Lab experience with prototype hardware and software debug is required. Experience in converting high level concepts into optimal plans that balance tactical and strategic goals. Experience in developing and meeting schedules for complex projects. Highly effective communication skills Demonstrated history of effective coordination and cooperation with both team members and other groups. Proficiency with debug techniques to isolate and confirm root-cause for software, firmware, and hardware defects.

BS degree in Engineering and 12+ years related experience.

Broadcom is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We will consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability status, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We will also consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records consistent with local law.

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San Jose, California

Broadcom Inc. is a global infrastructure technology leader built on 50 years of innovation, collaboration and engineering excellence. With roots based in the rich technical heritage of AT&T/Bell Labs, Lucent and Hewlett-Packard/Agilent, Broadcom focuses on technologies that connect our world. Through the combination of industry leaders Broadcom, LSI, Broadcom Corporation, Brocade, CA Technologies and Symantec, the company has the size, scope and engineering talent to lead the industry into the future.

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