The VLSI Hardware Research Fellow will apply a new form of computer arithmetic to existing processor designs, replacing the floating-point arithmetic unit with a "posit" arithmetic unit that uses similar building blocks but in different ways. Work will be done in cooperation with outside vendors who may control the actual means of production and licenses for the processors. The role is to be sufficiently well versed in the issues of changing the arithmetic in a microprocessor to be able to guide procurements and answer engineering tradeoff questions, such as speed vs. chip area and energy cost per operation.
This person will use standard Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools to test different design choices, predict power dissipation and timing, discover optimizations, and guide the choices in the Posit Standard document presently being created.
- At least two years experience at actual chip design. BS or higher degree in electrical or computer engineering
- Entry Level candidates with MS involving actual chip design, or 2 years experience building VLSI devices
- Proficiency in Verilog or VHDL and EDA design tools required. Business sense and communication skills highly desirable to assist in dealing with vendors and creating procurement documents