In the semiconductor sector, the profession of Verification Engineer has become particularly popular in recent years. Little taught as a specialty in engineering schools, this profession is nevertheless rapidly evolving.
The development of electronic components requires huge investments and does not leave room for errors at tapeout. In addition, as electronic designs become more complex due to the decrease in process node (now reduced to 5 nm) and the increase in the number of logic blocks, the need for verification has increased proportionally. The business is therefore faced with new challenges and must constantly reinvent its methods and techniques to meet these new needs.
In spite of this, engineering school students wishing to work in the semiconductor sector are attracted primarily by the profession of designer. Here, we look at 6 reasons to choose the profession of Electronic Verification Engineer instead.
1) Versatility in practice:
Being a verification engineer means showcasing a wide range of skills. As, different languages are practiced and mixed such as RTL type languages (Verilog / System Verilog and VHDL) but also C, C ++, Python, Perl, etc, the job allows you to develop your skills in several languages, including those that are IT-specific. Indeed, verification engineers are also designers since they are responsible for the design of testbenches.
2) The freedom of creation
The verification engineer must set up a methodology and a verification environment. Nothing is predefined, so the engineer is responsible for defining the environment and the elements to automate in order to optimize regressions, debug times, and test development, etc.
3) Challenge and Investigation!
If you have an investigative spirit and an appetite for challenge, this job is for you. When debugging a test, there are problems that the tools are not able to identify. We must clarify the points step by step, trace the source of the problem and find its origin.
4) A key role for all designers!
Being in charge of verification means guaranteeing the functionality of a design. The verification engineer knows the product functionally even before it exists. He or she is involved in the validation and building of prototypes, and participates in prototyping the product from the first day. This intimacy with the functionality of the product means that verification engineers also contribute to solving problems by providing their point of view.
5) An internationally-oriented profession of the future
Today, businesses need verification engineers more and more, and it is an uncommon and sought-after job. Teams are getting bigger because of the complexity of designs. This evolution is linked to the competitiveness of the market. Manufacturing needs to be successful the first time, or risk generating costs and delays and therefore potentially the loss of the market for the company.
6) Verification is an Art
Because verification covers the entire development cycle of a chip, an IP or an SoC, having a solid experience in this field means competence in the entire development cycle of a product.
Moreover, verification applies as much to the software field as it does hardware.
Verification engineers can therefore easily transfer to design, be that hardware or software, thanks to their knowledge of the development cycle.
If you are an engineer in electronics or an engineering school student, we invite you to consult our online offers on plda.com/careers, as well as to apply to be part of our verification team!