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Intel Atom CPU DFT Engineer in Des Moines, Iowa

Job Description

This position is a DFT and DFD RTL Design engineer inside the Atom CPU DFX (Design For Testing and Design For Debug) team, which is part of Atom CPU RTL organization. As a DFT engineer, you are part of the Atom CPU team where you can make significant contribution to make future Atom CPUs meeting strict DFT and DFD requirements of a variety of market segments.

Your close collaboration with other pre-silicon and post-silicon teams leads to complete solutions to hit our test and debug goals for future Atom CPUs. On our talented team, you will be able to expand your technical breadth and depth related to leading-edge DFT/DFD design. You will also have a chance to work on the advanced functional safety features for Atom CPU.

Key responsibilities:

  • Write RTL for DFT and DFD block including TAP controller, debug controller.

  • Help to drive presilicon validation to ensure the developed DFT/DFD features are covered by presilicon validation tests.

  • Work closely with validation engineers to debug validation tests in both RTL model and netlist model.

  • Work with post silicon team to enable DFT and DFT features in silicon and drive silicon debug.


  • Solid RTL coding skills and good understanding on DFD and DFT architectures.

  • Good understanding on general CPU architecture.

  • Solid debug capability.

  • Knowledge on IEEE standards related to JTAG.

  • Experience on scan ATPG and memory BIST are preferred but not required.

  • MS or PhD in Electrical or Computer Engineering.

Inside this Business Group

In the Design Engineering Group (DEG), we take pride in developing the best-in-class SOCs, Cores, and IPs that power Intel’s products. From development, to integration, validation, and manufacturing readiness, our mission is to deliver leadership products through the pursuit of Moore’s Law and groundbreaking innovations. DEG is Intel’s engineering group, supplying silicon to business units as well as other engineering teams. As a critical provider of all Intel products, DEG leadership has a responsibility to ensure the delivery of these products in a cost efficient and effective manner.

Covid Statement

Intel strongly encourages employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Intel aligns to federal, state, and local laws and as a contractor to the U.S. Government is subject to government mandates that may be issued. Intel policies for COVID-19 including guidance about testing and vaccination are subject to change over time.

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.


We offer a total compensation package that ranks among the best in the industry. It consists of competitive pay, stock, bonuses, and benefit programs. Find more information about our Amazing Benefits here:

Working Model

This role will be eligible for our hybrid work model which allows employees to split their time between working on-site at their assigned Intel site and off-site. In certain circumstances the work model may change to accommodate business needs.