US EE Hardware Engineer

Location: Taipei
Job Type: Permanent
Reference: 05_170119
Sector: Technology

Take the major responsibility for power design for Server & Storage, Networking Switch and Telecom products.

Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Work as a power lead for the power design on the projects from kick off to mass production
  • Work with customer, system architect, and internal engineering team to define the whole system power delivery architecture
  • If it is a customer project, need to face the power counterpart in customer side and drive the weekly technical discussion with customer to track the power design status, issues, etc.
  • Work with Electrical Engineer to provide the power block diagram based on the power budget
  • Select the suitable topologies according to the power block diagram, including CPU core power regulators, DC-DC POL, hot-swap control, Li-ion battery charger and discharger, Oring control circuit, Current sharing control circuit, EMI filtering circuit, Super-cap control circuit, etc.
  • Work with the suppliers to select the suitable components including controller, converter, MOSFET, Inductor, Capacitor, Fuse, Transistor, Connectors, Cables considering performance, efficiency, dimension,
  • Use the CAD Tools like ORCAD Capture or Mentor to work out the power schematic
  • Do the power related calculations and simulations to ensure the stability and reliability of the power design
  • Work out the power layout guideline and work with the Layout Engineers for the placement and layout review
  • Bring up the board together with the Electrical Engineer and Firmware Engineer
  • Work out the DC/DC test plan according to the generic power test plan and customer’s special requirements. (EVT: full test; DVT : regression test)
  • Do the DC/DC verification based on the items in the test plan and work out the test report
  • Work on the trouble shooting, issue analysis, and finding solutions for the defects
  • Implement the design changes on the DVT schematic and board file
  • Review the recommended second source from the Component Engineer and come out the corresponding second source test plan & report
  • Support power related failure analysis on the RMA board
  • Provide technical support to manufacturing team for the power related issues during development phase, and after mass production
  • For certain project, need to work with the BBU vendor to manage a customized BBU development, including technical review, schedule control, and cost control, etc.
  • Mentor the Senior or Junior power engineers for hard skills and soft skills
  • Review the Senior or Junior power engineer’s deliverables
  • Keep learning the latest technology and techniques to make sure the power design up-to-date, robust, better performance and cost effective

Person Background:

  • Candidates should have at least 7 years DC/DC power design experience. 
  • Typically, the following essential qualifications and experiences would be requested: Bachelor or Master in Electronics, Power, Computing engineering or similar
  • Strong design knowledge in switching power topologies, like Buck, Boost, etc.
  • Good knowledge in power design on Intel platform with compliance of VR11, VR12, VR12.5, VR13 etc.
  • Good knowledge in system redundancy, current sharing control, hot-swap control, Oring control and monitoring control
  • Good knowledge in understanding the passive components, knows the key parameters in selecting components in a power design
  • Capable of using ORCAD capture or Mentor for schematic
  • Prefer in having server & storage x86 motherboard power design experience
  • If no server & storage design experience, need to at least have x86 motherboard power design experience for laptop, desktop, or similar products
  • Better in having the power design experience for AMD, Broadcom, IBM Power PC platforms
  • Better in having the BBU (Battery backup unit) board design experience
  • Better in having the experience of both analog power control and digital power control
  • Better in having design experience in POE (power over Ethernet) for Networking Switch product
  • Good English speaking and literacy

Person Attributes:

The successful candidate will be a self-motivated individual capable of working with a minimum of supervision in a dynamic team environment. Good communication skills and be capable to communicate in English with project team members, customers and suppliers.