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Silicon Emulation Engineer



Taipei City, Taiwan
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024

Waymo is an autonomous driving technology company with the mission to be the most trusted driver. Since its start as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009, Waymo has focused on building the Waymo Driver—The World's Most Experienced Driver™—to improve access to mobility while saving thousands of lives now lost to traffic crashes. The Waymo Driver powers Waymo One, a fully autonomous ride-hailing service, and can also be applied to a range of vehicle platforms and product use cases. The Waymo Driver has provided over one million rider-only trips, enabled by its experience autonomously driving tens of millions of miles on public roads and tens of billions in simulation across 13+ U.S. states.

Waymo's Compute Team is tasked with a critical and exciting mission: We deliver the compute platform responsible for running the fully autonomous vehicle's software stack. To achieve our mission, we architect and create high-performance custom silicon; we develop system-level compute architectures that push the boundaries of performance, power, and latency; and we collaborate closely with many other teammates to ensure we design and optimize hardware and software for maximum performance. We are a multidisciplinary team seeking curious and talented teammates to work on one of the world's highest performance automotive compute platforms.

In this role you'll:

  • Collaborate with the design, verification, and software teams to simulate future silicon designs and software on an emulation platform, targeting functional and performance validation and left-shift of software development
  • Design, implement, and optimize emulation testbenches, balancing performance and debug capabilities based on user needs and hardware constraints
  • Write end-to-end synthesizable transactors to interact with emulated designs through software APIs and C-DPI
  • Triage and root-cause failures alongside emulation users, leveraging waveforms, software logging, and custom-built emulation monitors
  • Assist with post-silicon bring-up, debug, and characterization
  • Build infrastructure to support the emulation user base, including tools for model build, regression, automation, continuous integration, data analysis, and training
  • Report to our Silicon Design Verification and Emulation Manager

At a minimum, we'd like you to have:

  • BS degree in Computer Science / Electrical Engineering or related field and at least 5 years of silicon development experience
  • Experience with at least one major hardware emulation platform (Palladium, Zebu, Veloce, Protium, HAPS)
  • High level of proficiency with one or more of the following emulation approaches: virtual prototyping, testbench acceleration, hybrid emulation, in-circuit emulation (speed bridge), QEMU, or VirtualBox
  • Experience with SystemVerilog, design verification methodologies, and RTL logic design
  • Programming and scripting (C++, Python, TCL) for automation, test development, debug flows, and release process
  • Strong debugging skills across hardware and software

It's preferred if you have:

  • AXI/AMBA, PCIe, DRAM, and Ethernet interfaces
  • Performance and power analysis techniques
  • JTAG, DFT, UART, SPI, GPIO and other test/low-speed interfaces
  • Advanced design verification methods (coverage, gate-level simulation, assertions, and UVM).
  • Post-silicon debug software (e.g. Trace32, OpenOCD, TARMAC) and lab bench tools (analyzers, scopes, meters)
  • Understanding of CPU integration, bare metal programming, embedded systems, Linux internals, operating systems, boot loaders, drivers, and firmware


The expected base salary range for this full-time position is listed below. Actual starting pay will be based on job-related factors, including exact work location, experience, relevant training and education, and skill level. Waymo employees are also eligible to participate in Waymo’s discretionary annual bonus program, equity incentive plan, and generous Company benefits program, subject to eligibility requirements.
Salary Range
$3,800,000—$4,100,000 TWD