Physical design engineers generally work on teams to solve problems and develop new ideas; they also coordinate budgeting for design-related tasks, design elements for chips which are not restricted to FET, and prepare FUB-level and full-chip floor plans, as well as stimulate schematic-to-layout verification and handle debugging tasks.
Generally, aspiring physical design engineers should have at least a bachelor's degree in engineering, at least two to three years of professional experience in high-level synthesis, RTL development, and physical design, and the ability to work on-site for a minimum of two years. Some tasks which may be necessary include optimizing physical design procedures for new technology and helping to streamline work to increase productivity and efficiency within the organization. Physical design engineers must also develop codes and maintain layout automation features, along with macros in layout entry tools to enhance layout productivity.
Physical Design Engineer Tasks
Prototype, construct, modify and evaluate semiconductor devices and components.
Evaluate, characterize and document device specifications.
Perform developmental and/or test work, reviewing product requirements and logic diagrams.
Design and check chip layout circuit design.
Plan and organize design projects or phases of design projects.