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Job Title: Storage SoC Design Architect

REQ ID: DSA32514

Location: San Jose, CA 


The Technology Enabling and Development (TED) Lab is part of Samsung’s Memory Business Unit, the industry's technology and volume leader in DRAM, NAND Flash, and SRAM memory.  TED has the charter to develop SSD for enterprise customers. More recently, TED has also been tasked to develop SSD controller architecture to support future enterprise SSD designs. We are an integral part of Samsung’s strong R&D focus & lab innovation engine. We work closely with development teams across geographically distributed sites to bring innovation to enterprise SSD product road maps.


The successful SOC Architect candidate will be a key technical member of TED Controller Architecture Team and will be responsible for designing and developing high level architecture for SSD controllers. She or he will join a team of experts in researching and developing innovative high level controller chip architecture for data center/cloud and enterprise SSD. The ideal candidate must have prior experience developing high level chip and system architecture of leading-edge high performance SSD devices.

The SOC Architect will be responsible for developing, contributing, and leading ASIC high level-architecture activities in SSI storage-based controllers. The successful hire will have strong knowledge of latest trends in NVMe standards, data center/enterprise customer technical requirements, and knowledge/experience of end to end SSD controller chip architecture. The job scope will cover technical requirement analysis, architecture specifications, high level design/flows, and architecture modeling for architecture level assessment of high level building blocks and flows using state of the art advance development tools and methods before microarchitecture and RTL development.


  • Engage and Review standards and technical customer requirements at product, system, and firmware level.
  • Analyze requirements for chip design, prepare architecture specifications, high level design/flows, and work closely with model development and microarchitecture team for architecture assessment and chip development.
  • Evaluate and Assess tradeoffs using architecture level transactional and LT models for ease of implementation, leverage, scalability, and PPA.  
  • Research architectural trade-offs of enterprise/data-center storage controller ASIC
  • Write and maintain High Level Architecture Specification
  • Research emerging technology NVMe/Multi-tenancy standards, interconnects and map to optimal implementation in SOC and help develop new IP for high performance and mainstream enterprise/data-center SSDs
  • Analyze storage workloads to identify performance bottlenecks and opportunities
  • Collaborate with Microarchitecture/RTL team to ensure high level architecture intent is preserved during SOC and product development.
  • Perform self-guided performance simulation studies of design alternatives
  • Work collaboratively with the team responsible for SoC level system modeling to explore new SoC architectures
  • The successful applicant may also engage in creating innovative storage accelerator solutions and analyzing them to demonstrate the benefits and trade-offs
  • Work with other hardware/software architects developing one of a kind innovative Enterprise Storage models, MPW, and Controllers to ensure critical chip architecture assessment and decisions are made early enough in the design cycle.
  • Propose and execute on innovations in software and hardware storage controller architecture based on their benefits to large-scale enterprise applications


  • S. with 15 years, M.S. with 13 years or Ph.D. with 10 years in Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering and at least 8 years of SoC design and architecture experience
  • Extensive experience with ARM microprocessor, interconnect, memory, storage SoC systems architecture
  • Demonstrated record of architecting, designing and delivering complex and high-performance hardware SoC systems and high density storage using flash
  • Exposure and understanding of storage workloads and benchmark performance
  • Experience in NVMe and multitenancy controller architecture. Solid experience in PCIe and NVMe interfacing and understanding of I/O protocols
  • Experience analyzing storage workloads
  • Storage interfaces and protocols: PCIe, NVMe, and Evolving standards like ZNS, ZRWA, Open Channel, and other similar protocols.
  • Network interfaces and protocols: Ethernet, RoCE v1/v2, and Infiniband is a plus
  • Flash technology: Toggle, ONFI, FTL
  • Familiarity with all aspects of chip architecture and development: requirements, architecture specifications, high level design/model, microarchitecture design, firmware, and System.
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience writing detailed chip architecture specifications and implementation details. Provide architectural guidance throughout the design process beyond architecture model to microarchitecture and implementation.
  • A strong knowledge through academic coursework or experience in NAND memory systems, as well as other memory types
  • Platform level architectures and performance. Strong exposure to performance analysis and design tradeoffs. Strong working knowledge of architecture tradeoff analysis and modeling tools, commercial and in-house.  Exposure to SW development practices
  • Demonstrated problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Excellent communication skills with experience working cross-functionally in a matrix environment
  • Collaborative, good listener, ability to make timely decisions
  • Adaptable to unexpected scenarios and challenges
  • Fast learner with great attention to detail
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed

Additionally, we look for the following universal qualities in all candidates:

    • Resourceful Achiever: self-driven and proactive, you apply logic and reason to effectively solve problems and manage risks.
    • Avid Learner: you eagerly take on new challenges and seek out opportunities to grow and stretch
    • Passionate Owner: you are energized by your work, taking ownership and delivering results without ego
    • Committed Collaborator: with a positive attitude and commitment to get to the best result, you welcome ideas from others and drive processes forward in an inclusive manner


  • Must be highly motivated with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail
  • Excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to be highly organized and self-motivated
  • Must be a strong individual contributor as well as a team player
  • Ability to meet aggressive project deadlines in a team environment
  • Ability to work successfully with cross-functional teams, including coordinating across organizational boundaries and geographies.
  • Ability to create near term value within a strategic research environment.
  • Comfortable working in a multinational environment and understands how to leverage cultural diversity



Samsung Semiconductor Inc (SSI), an equal opportunity employer, is a world leader in Memory, System LSI, and LCD technologies. Headquartered in San Jose, California, SSI is a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.- one of the largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world and the industry's volume and technology leader in DRAM, NAND Flash, SSDs, mobile DRAM and graphics memory. It is one of the largest providers of system logic, imaging and LED lighting solutions, as well as providing advanced process design and manufacturing for fabless companies. Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. also has a research and innovation center with numerous labs providing product design and research in: logic, memory, image sensors, displays and mobile technologies. In addition, the company supports Samsung Display Company, the largest producer of LCD and OLED displays. SSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is SSI’s policy to comply with all applicable national, state and local laws pertaining to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity, and hiring decisions are made accordingly.

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