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Intel SSD Media System Pathfinding Engineer - SK in Folsom, California

Job Description

This position is associated with the sale of Intel's NAND memory and storagebusiness to SK hynix (You can read more about the transaction in the press release - https://newsroom.intel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2020/10/nand-memory-news-q-a.pdf). The transaction will enhance the resources and potential of the business' storage solutions, including client and enterprise SSDs, in the rapidly growing NAND Flash space amid the era of big data.

This is an exciting time to be at Intel - come join our Data Center NAND Division as a Firmware Engineer and work on one of the most advanced 3DNAND and SSD technology portfolios in the world. As the global leader in the semiconductor industry, Intel possesses many industry-leading SSD technologies including the most capable Quadruple Level Cell (QLC) NAND Flash products. As a Firmware Engineer, you will be part of a world-class team that will transition to lead the SSD business at SK hynix.

This position aligns to Phase 1 of the transaction, which includes the 3DNAND enterprise and client SSD business. Phase 1 is expected to close in late 2021, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. At deal close, all employees aligned to this phase of the transaction will transition to SK hynix.

In this position, you will be working as part of the Media-Systems engineering team within Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group (NSG) to architect, design, and implement integrated system solutions to manage the interactions between Solid State Drive (SSD) system hardware/software and NAND Flash memory components. This job requires you to develop and productize optimized system solutions for SSD product to meet performance and reliability requirements, utilizing formal education and engineering judgment.

Your responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Evaluate and characterize storage media component behavior within SSD systems

  • Design and utilize simulation software that models SSD performance and behavior

  • Lead media-system feature pathfinding efforts to maintain competitive edge on enterprise SSDs features roadmap

  • Implement and characterize proof-of-concept firmware prototypes to evaluate competing algorithms for a given media issue

  • Develop new media management system features through cross-function collaboration with component circuit design, ASIC design and SSD firmware architecture teams

  • Deliver world-class SSD based on the strong pillars of performance/QoS (Quality of Service), reliability and cost

The ideal candidate will have the following behavior traits:

  • Problem solving skills

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively both independently and in a team across multiple sites


You must possess the below minimum qualifications to be initially considered for this position. Preferred qualifications are in addition to the minimum requirements and are considered as plus factors in identifying top candidates

Minimum Qualifications :

BS, MS or PhD degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related fields

4+ years of experience in:

  • Software programming and debugging

  • Experience in computer architecture design and systems engineering

  • Experience in embedded systems development, design, and optimization

Preferred qualifications :

  • Experience in NAND Flash or other memory technology

  • Experience with Solid State Drive or other embedded system firmware development using C/C++ Experience in modeling complex systems using Transaction Level Modeling using System C or similar technology

Inside this Business Group

Non-Volatile Solutions Memory Group: The Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group is a worldwide organization that delivers NAND flash memory products for use in Solid State Drives (SSDs), portable memory storage devices, digital camera memory cards, and other devices. The group is responsible for NVM technology design and development, complete Solid State Drive (SSD) system hardware and firmware development, as well as wafer and SSD manufacturing.

Other Locations

US, California, Santa Clara

Posting Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by local law, regulation, or ordinance.