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Intel Firmware Validation Architect/Lead Engineer in Folsom, California

Job Description

In this position, you will be an integral part of the NVM Storage Group Firmware development activities. You will be responsible for the successful definition, development and deployment of all tests required to validate the FW capabilities for NAND and Optane products. You will be deeply engaged with the FW product leads, architects and the platform validation teams to define and implement a robust validation plan. This is an exciting opportunity to apply SSD & FW technical knowledge, firmware validation methods and technical leadership skills to the successful shipment of cutting edge SSD products. A successful candidate will be a solid team player with good organizational/planning skills, solid verbal/written communication skills, good networking, influencing, and mentoring skills, and a passion for delivering quality in industry-leading technologies.

Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Defining validation & first level integration strategy (& test plans) for all product features including technologies like new non-volatile memory, storage interfaces, security, customer features, etc.

  • Leading the definition and development of new validation methods to enable more testing to be accomplished before ASIC power on.

  • Collaborating with engineers across disciplines to debug and resolve complex issues.

  • Engaging with the platform validation teams to ensure our SSD products have a robust overall validation plan and that FW validation and integration schedules are aligned properly.

  • Engaging with counterparts in partner platform organizations such as PEG and CCG to ensure alignment of validation plans, data sharing, and common tools.

  • Developing personal technical expertise in the new technology areas to ensure you can have significant impact on developing validation coverage plans for new complex capabilities.

  • Working closely with architecture and senior development engineers across multiple disciplines to influence product design to enable more effective validation and debug.

  • Coding significant contributions to the development of validation tests and tools in support of the product firmware test plans.



  • Candidate must have a Bachelor of Science degree or a Master of Science degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience coding in both C and Phython

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience developing and implementing validation plans for complex embedded systems, real-time operating system RTOS, and HW/SW interactions

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience developing, deploying and maintaining tests. These tests should include a combination of performance, black box system tests, and white box test that use error/state injection

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience with the storage stack, PCIe/NVMe/SAS/SATA, preferably NAND/Optane SSDs and associated drivers

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in test design and implementation that run across a variety of products and platforms with maximum reuse

  • Experience in setting validation strategy for features that require larger ecosystem enabling to productize

  • Experience in measuring validation coverage

  • Expertise in PCIE/NVMe, SATA, or SAS protocol and debug, including knowledge of relevant debug tools

  • Experience developing and debugging code in the Windows* or Linux* environments, in particular with device drivers or firmware

  • Virtual platform development experience- planning, writing, and executing tests in on an emulated product

  • Agile SW development experience

Inside this Business Group

Non-Volatile Solutions Memory Group: The Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group is a worldwide organization that delivers NAND flash memory products for use in Solid State Drives (SSDs), portable memory storage devices, digital camera memory cards, and other devices. The group is responsible for NVM technology design and development, complete Solid State Drive (SSD) system hardware and firmware development, as well as wafer and SSD manufacturing.

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....