A senior ASIC design engineer is a project manager who typically works for a firm that develops customized hardware solutions. An ASIC is an application specific integrated circuit; often, clients run into an issue where an integrated circuit chip is necessary to complete an electronic device and standard market chips do not meet the necessary specifications. At this point, the client would contact an ASIC firm to produce a custom chip.
Upon receipt of the order, the senior ASIC design engineer reviews the specifications requested for the integrated circuit. Then, they develop a design for the chip that meets the specifications; at this point, the engineer's advanced knowledge of logic gates and integrated circuit design is employed. A prototype is then created to determine if the circuit meets expectations. If it doesn't, the senior ASIC design engineer must determine which errors were made and make any necessary adjustments to the design. After a working prototype is finally developed and tested, the design is sent to a manufacturing facility to fabricate the circuit in the requested quantity.
Due to the technical nature of the work performed, senior ASIC design engineers generally hold at least a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, physics, or a related field. Senior ASIC design engineers must be effective communicators who pay strong attention to detail.
Senior ASIC Design Engineer Tasks
- Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
- Provide technical support to team members.
- Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
- Write documentation and test specifications.