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IEEE 802.11ah PHY IC Design Engineer at Morse Micro

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Surry Hills, NSW · Full Time · Hardware Engineer

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Are you an experienced Wi-Fi chip designer with a deep understanding of the IEEE 802.11 PHY? Do you want to play a key role in building next generation Wi-Fi chips that will truly enable the Internet of Things (IoT)? Keen to make a real difference in a VC-backed startup and work in a dynamic & fun environment? Then join Australia’s hottest (* and only) semiconductor startup based in Sydney, Australia! You’ll work with the team that invented Wi-Fi 20 years ago, and help shape the future of Wi-Fi.

You will be responsible for the design, verification and bring-up of an IEEE 802.11ah PHY to be used in Morse Micro’s family of Wi-Fi chips. You’ll work with the digital, systems and firmware teams to help architect and verify the PHY and ensure functional and performance goals are achieved.

Applicants will need to be experienced with digital PHY architecture and DSP design suitable for 802.11 protocols on advanced low-power process nodes. Your day-to-day will involve RTL design and simulation using contemporary languages and tools. You’ll work closely with the rest of the team on-site to address and improve digital and system aspects of the design. You’ll also help with bringup of the PHY on silicon, evaluate performance of pre-production silicon and take your design to high-volume mass production.

We’re looking to fill this position by June and can sponsor a work visa for the right candidate.

Responsibilities include

  • Owner of 802.11ah PHY development in Scala, SystemVeriliog and C
  • Implementation of custom instructions in RISC-V architectures
  • Functional verification of 802.11ah PHY in RTL simulators, SDF-annotated gate level simulators and AMS simulators using SystemVerilog, Verilog-A, C and Python
  • Work closely with the Systems team to achieve the best performance
  • Work closely with the Analog & RF to define and improve radio interface
  • Work closely with the Firmware team to develop embedded PHY firmware
  • Assisting with bring-up of silicon in the lab & debug PHY performance
  • Providing overall technical expertise and brilliance

What we’re looking for

  • MSc in Electrical / Electronics / Communication Engineering or Computer Science
  • Experience developing multiple blocks of 802.11 PHYs in complex SoCs
  • A deep understanding of the IEEE 802.11 PHY layer and familiarity with 802.11ah
  • A deep understanding of digital design fundamentals including low power and multi-clock-domain design
  • Experience with development and debugging of digital designs from RTL design through to SDF-annotated gatesims
  • A good understanding of embedded processors, familiarity with RISC-V is a plus
  • A solid understanding of mixed signal ASIC design and simulation
  • Hands-on experience with the Cadence or Synopsys simulation suite
  • Hands-on experience with Linux development environment staples such as make, shell scripts and Python
  • Experience using the git revision control tool

Other required skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • A determination to deliver even when subject to time pressures
  • A hands-on, practical attitude

Who we are

Morse Micro is a fabless semiconductor company building Wi-Fi HaLow (802.11ah) chips for the Internet of Things (IoT). We are a team of wireless experts that love to work hard, innovate & invent. Together, we are building the world’s lowest power Wi-Fi technology that will enable billions of IoT devices to connect securely to the internet. Today we are a team of thirty-two based in Sydney & Picton (Australia) and Boston (USA). 

How to apply

If you are interested in building the first 802.11ah chip together with the inventors of Wi-Fi, then send us your resume and application letter and tell us why you should join as a IEEE 802.11ah PHY IC Design Engineer. Provide some examples of previous projects you have completed with your application.

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About Morse Micro

Office address

  • 63 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
  • Picton, NSW, 2571

Company size

11-50 people

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