Principal Firmware Engineer


Req. ID: 123860 

Micron Technology’s vision is to transform how the world uses information to enrich life and our commitment to people, innovation, tenacity, collaboration, and customer focus allows us to fulfill our mission to be a global leader in memory and storage solutions. This means conducting business with integrity, accountability, and professionalism while supporting our global community.


As a Principal Firmware Engineer at Micron Technology, Inc., you will develop high-performance controller firmware for innovative volatile and non-volatile memory systems. In this position, you will assist in evaluating, designing, building, bench testing, debugging, and failure analyzing firmware for new high-performance memory controllers and Solid State Drives that will increase performance, while reducing power, latency and SoC (System on Chip) complexity for the target markets.


You can expect to work closely with system test engineers, system failure analysis engineers, firmware engineers, firmware test engineers, system hardware design engineers, product engineers, memory design engineers, firmware tools developers, and production engineers to solve cross-functional product development issues.


Responsibilities include, but not limited to: 

  • Participate as a team member and work effectively inside and outside of the team
  • Demonstrate proficiency in coding skills, verification/validation, simulation, failure analysis, ASIC/FPGA/System bring-up, and the use of tools that support these activities
  • Validate customer requirements and perform failure analysis on FW related issues
  • Develop structured source code targeting the embedded environment associated with state of the art memory
  • Perform design verification using a variety of verification methods, including simulation and product testing
  • Focus on firmware quality in the system and the target application
  • Participate in SCRUM/Agile processes and distributed code reviews
  • Develop new test tools and methods
  • Follow specified processes/procedures/workflows
  • Analyze equipment or software; you will demonstrate the effective analysis of functional or performance issues with the firmware and hardware in test environments or target host systems 
  • Technical communications will be required between other teams and the firmware team (both verbal and written)  
  • You will review, contribute to, and create clear documentation for deliverables that must meet both internal specifications/standards and SSD industry standards and specifications 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of Solid State Drive Back End firmware development experience in NAND sequencer, NAND media error handling, NAND media scan, power throttling, power loss recovery or QoS/performance optimization
  • Experienced in complex SSD firmware development for multi-core SoC controller
  • Strong working knowledge of firmware development, verification, system failure analysis, embedded systems design and real time embedded systems,
  • Strong problem-solving skills, including the ability to find creative solutions to difficult problems
  • Strong working knowledge of software engineering principles and designing and developing firmware using assembly and C/C++ programming.
  • Strong debugging skills in an embedded firmware application including:
    • Using development tools and IDE's such as Slick Edit, SourcePoint and Realview.
    • Problem re-creation and trapping
    • Logging and diagnostics
    • Experience with digital hardware design and test equipment such as In-Circuit Emulators (ICE) and logic/bus analyzers
  • Strong working knowledge analyzing complex firmware and hardware issues
  • Strong knowledge working identifying and optimizing performance of critical algorithms
  • Working knowledge of ARM Microprocessors, with experience on ARM Cortex
  • Knowledge of the Agile software development process life cycle
  • Strong knowledge of structured firmware development process and lifecycle
  • Strong skills in communicating complex technical ideas/concepts
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and communicate effectively (written and verbal) across multiple locations and teams
  • BS or MS in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science


Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with NVMe and PCIe are a plus


About Us 

As the leader in innovative memory solutions, Micron is helping the world make sense of data by delivering technology that is transforming how the world uses information. Through our global brands — Micron, Crucial and Ballistix — we offer the industry’s broadest portfolio. We are the only company manufacturing today’s major memory and storage technologies: DRAM, NAND, NOR and 3D XPoint™ memory. Our solutions are purpose built to leverage the value of data to unlock financial insights, accelerate scientific breakthroughs and enhance communication around the world.


Micron Benefits 

Employee Rewards Program, Healthcare, Paid time off (Combined Sick and Vacation Time), Retirement savings plans, Paid maternity/paternity leave, Employee Assistance Program, Professional development training, Workplace wellness programs, Micron Health Clinic (Boise only), Fitness Center / Activity rooms (Boise only), Tuition Reimbursement, Micron Corporate Discounts, Casual Dress attire.


We recruit, hire, train, promote, discipline and provide other conditions of employment without regard to a person's race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, veteran’s status, or other classifications protected under law.  This includes providing reasonable accommodation for team members' disabilities or religious beliefs and practices.

Each manager, supervisor and team member is responsible for carrying out this policy. The EEO Administrator in Human Resources is responsible for administration of this policy. The administrator will monitor compliance and is available to answer any questions on EEO matters.

To request assistance with the application process, please contact Micron’s Human Resources Department at 1-800-336-8918 (or 208-368-4748).

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Full time
Milpitas, CA 95035, US