“We draw on our creativity to develop analog & mixed-signal circuit solutions.”

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What do Analog & Mixed Signal Design Engineers at Infineon do?

Sometimes success can be measured in silicon. For Analog & Mixed Signal Designers, the ultimate is a "first silicon success" – that’s when no design modifications are needed for a circuit and it can go straight to production. But they don’t do it alone: they work together with Verification Engineers, Layout Engineers, Test Engineers and more. Chiara Boffino, Analog & Mixed Signal Design Engineer, shares what it’s like to collaborate with a range of colleagues working toward success.

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I have to be creative within boundaries – and I never stop learning

Analog & Mixed Signal Designers work within boundaries. On the one side we have requirement specifications, and on the other technology limitations. My job is to use my creativity within this framework to design a suitable analog or mixed-signal circuit solution.

Chiara Boffino Analog & Mixed Signal Design Engineer in Industrial Power Control at Infineon in Pavia, Italy

What are your tasks as an Analog & Mixed Signal Design Engineer?

I work on gate drivers for products in the home-appliance market segment – for air-conditioners, washing machines and vacuum cleaners, for example. As in other sectors, power efficiency is becoming a key aspect in this market. My task is to lower current consumption as much as possible in every circuit.

For me the process starts with a design concept from a Concept Engineer. I then have to think about a suitable circuit solution, so I go into the details: I examine every single transistor and translate each functionality, or requirement, into a circuit. The next step is to combine all of the circuits to see if they are communicating with one another properly and if the final design behaves as it should.

Along the way I cooperate a lot with our Layout Engineers, because they are the ones who transfer my circuit schematic design into a mask set for the mask house. The mask, in turn, is used in the fab to produce my gate driver, ultimately in silicon. During the design phase, before I release the final circuit schematic, I run simulations either on my own or in cooperation with a Verification Engineer.

What are the challenges in your job? How do you deal with them?

Analog & Mixed Signal Design Engineers work within the boundaries of requirement specifications and technology limitations. The challenge is to keep both in mind while I unfold my creativity to find the best circuit solution.

The other big challenge is about not getting discouraged. After I come up with a circuit solution, I have to verify it against different requirements. If something doesn’t work properly, I have to adjust the design. Sometimes it’s just matter of minor changes to the original design, and other times it means having to restart from scratch. If the latter is the case, I try to see it as a chance to improve. 

What are the highlights in your job?

There are so many! Always a special highlight is when we get the first silicon model of a design from the lab. It’s thrilling to see an idea worked out in reality. We are always hoping for a “first silicon success” – that’s when no design modifications are needed and our work goes straight to production. If that happens, you have a genuine reason to celebrate.

Whatever the end product may be, no two projects are alike – and for me that’s both a highlight and a challenge. Different technologies, demanding product definitions and groundbreaking innovations always keep me on my toes. The good thing is that I’m never bored and I’m constantly learning.

Since I am working together with Concept Engineers, Verification Engineers, Layout Engineers and Test Engineers  my work puts me in touch with a lot of people across the company. That gives me the feeling of being part of a wide team working together toward success. I really like that about Infineon.

What special talents do you need for your job?

As an Analog & Mixed Signal Design Engineer, you definitely need creativity, an innovative streak and a well-structured approach to your job. Accuracy has to be in there too, as well as passion for new technologies.

What is your typical day like?

I check my email and calendar as soon as I get to the office, and then I start working on the tasks for the day. They can differ, depending on the design phase. Nevertheless, I have to be prepared to change my priorities if my support is needed to investigate an unexpected failure or problem with a product.

It’s also good to reserve time to write down documentation. I find that having my results and key decision recorded saves time when I have to recall them months or even years later.

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Requirements at a glance

Collaboration

You are a true team player. You love interdisciplinary work involving other departments, such as Verification and Concept Engineering.

Details and big picture

You can dive deeply into details of your specific topic – but you also keep an eye on how that contributes to the bigger picture.

Work environment

You can handle tight schedules and you feel comfortable if your workday is totally different from what you expected.

Strategic and operative work

Working on a particular design is the main task. But you also are involved in more strategic tasks, like improving processes.

Making decisions

You are a trustworthy partner and can give clear answers, even if there are some uncertainties.

Focus

This job requires absolute dedication to the task at hand, but also a good feeling for interaction with different stakeholders.

Requirements at a glance

The five “hats” of an Analog & Mixed Signal Design Engineer

You have a pioneering spirit, passion for technology and a high capability for abstraction. As an Analog & Mixed Signal Designer, you put your creativity into practice to come up with innovative solutions. This requires you to work as a:

  • Designer
  • Optimizer
  • Risk manager
  • Knowledge sharer
  • Active driver

Skills:

You are passionate about the latest technologies. And you use them effectively to get the job done. Your problem-solving skills, analytical competence and ability to understand complex interactions help you in your job. You have strong collaboration and interpersonal skills, which are essential for close work with colleagues from other divisions in an international setting. An agile and proactive mindset aids in dealing with the ambiguities that are an integral part of the job. In your day-to-day work you act lean and fast, and strive for continuous improvement.

You are responsible for...

  • Clarifying requirements and then designing, developing and implementing analog and mixed circuits
  • Supporting digital modeling of analog circuits for mixed-signal verification
  • Creating design specifications and circuit schematics
  • Contributing to technology process and design methodology
  • Identifying potential for optimization and securing new intellectual property by filing patents
  • Documenting work products according to quality requirements
  • Keeping an eye on costs and production time, and ensuring an efficient project approach

Analog & Mixed Design Engineer at Infineon

What makes this a dream job?

As an Analog & Mixed Signal Designer, you work on the front end of product creation, taking responsibility for analysis, concept definition and top-level assembly.
The job provides you with excellent opportunities for development in an international environment – also with the possibility to work abroad. It can lead to a career on the Technical Ladder as well as an internal move to another department to take on new challenges.
You know Chiara’s story. This is what other Analog & Mixed Signal Designers at Infineon are saying:

  • “All relevant software tools and technologies are available at Infineon – nothing is missing. For a technology enthusiast, this is the place to be!”
  • “To my mind, Infineon is really a great place to work and even a place to grow, as the company allows its employees to think out of the box and to drive innovative technologies.”
  • “The mix between analog and digital design is great, because it gives you a chance to work in diverse areas.”
  • “During my workday, I am often fully immersed in what I’m doing – it’s kind of a flow experience every day.”
Locations for Analog & Mixed Design Engineer

Munich

In our headquarter in Neubiberg near Munich, more than 3.300 employees are working in research & development, several central functions, IT and many more. 

What we offer you at Campeon

Villach

Almost 3.200 people work at four different sites in Austria.

What we offer you in Villach

Munich

In our headquarter in Neubiberg near Munich, more than 3.300 employees are working in research & development, several central functions, IT and many more. 

What we offer you at Campeon

Villach

Almost 3.200 people work at four different sites in Austria.

What we offer you in Villach

Munich

In our headquarter in Neubiberg near Munich, more than 3.300 employees are working in research & development, several central functions, IT and many more. 

What we offer you at Campeon

Villach

Almost 3.200 people work at four different sites in Austria.

What we offer you in Villach

Bucarest

More than 200 employees work in our research & development site in Bucharest. Our focus is automotive and security solutions – covering every step from concept to mass production.

What we offer you in Bucharest

Villach

Almost 3.200 people work at four different sites in Austria.

What we offer you in Villach

Bucarest

More than 200 employees work in our research & development site in Bucharest. Our focus is automotive and security solutions – covering every step from concept to mass production.

What we offer you in Bucharest

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