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What do Digital Designers at Infineon do?

For many tasks, the ordinary won’t do. That’s why Infineon employs a large community of Digital Designers. They tap into their creativity to develop tailored IC designs for powerful chips. While doing so, they rely on their knowledge of hardware description languages, like VHDL, Verilog and SystemVerilog. As a Digital Designer, you’re in constant contact with people across the company, such as Concept Engineers and Verification Engineers.

Interview

Always open to new ideas

It is not just coding. Be prepared to learn a lot – no matter how much you think you already know.

Avni Bildhaiya Digital Design Engineer in the Automotive Division (ATV) at Infineon in Munich, Germany

What are your tasks as a Digital Designer, Avni?

I am currently working on the Aurix Microcontroller. Despite having “micro” in its name, there’s nothing small about it, as the Aurix is a big and powerful microcontroller for various automotive applications. For example, it helps save lives and prevents accidents by monitoring a car’s environment and activating the breaks if necessary.

For me, the design processes starts with clarifying the specific product requirements with the Concept Engineer and fellow Designers. I then develop the design and translate it into hardware description languages. After that comes the quality phase in which I analyze the design by checking it against the specification, partly in collaboration with the Verification Engineer.

Since I’m working on automotive applications, I also have to do a functional safety analysis at the end to avoid any failures of the final product. Finally comes the documentation phase – the part no engineer really likes, despite how important and necessary it is.

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

When I first started, I underestimated the amount of knowledge that would be needed. So in some respects I’m still learning. Being a Digital Designer is a lot more than just coding. For example, one line of code in VHDL entails a lot more than writing a line of software, because hardware updates are not possible anymore once the chip is out.

The good thing about the job is the diversity of tasks – no two days are alike. That’s because there are many distinct phases in a project, each of which involves different tasks. Sometimes I’m faced with short deadlines, which adds to the excitement of the job. One thing that definitely helps is the ability to understand complex interactions and algorithms.

Why is Digital Design the right job for you?

When I applied to become a Digital Designer at Infineon, I knew it was the right job for me. It wasn’t about making a choice after the offer – I had already made the choice during the interview and was just waiting for the answer. The job has a direct connection to my undergrad studies in electrical and electronics engineering and to my graduate work in micro and nano systems, so I was confident that it would be a very interesting field. I don’t have the “dreadful Monday” issue, because I really like my job. It’s great to be working in a creative field and to learn something new every day.

What does your typical day look like?

After checking my inbox, I start by organizing the to-dos for the day and reviewing the status of the projects I’m currently working on. Then I turn my attention to making progress on my designs, which can involve attending several technical meetings with different colleagues, depending on the project phases. Of course, a well-planned day can change quickly, especially when problems come up and bugs need to be fixed. It helps to stay flexible.

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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.

Making decisions

You are always open to new ideas. You have the ability to pay attention to the details without losing sight of the big picture.

Flexibility

You can handle tight schedules and work closely with other colleagues worldwide. You structure your own day according to project schedules.

Requirements at a glance

The six “hats” of a Digital Designer

You have a pioneering spirit, passion for technologies and a high abstraction capability. As a Digital Designer at Infineon, you drive new technologies and contribute to technological progress in many areas, such as with automotive or Industrial Internet of Things applications. As a Digital Designer, you transfer an abstract idea into a circuit design. This requires you to work as a:

  • Designer
  • Implementer
  • Quality manager
  • Project manager
  • Optimizer
  • Knowledge sharer

Skills

The ability to learn quickly and understand complex interactions, such as algorithms, is essential. You have a pioneering spirit, a passion for technologies and a high abstraction capability.

Collaboration and communication skills are necessary, as you work closely with colleagues from other divisions and teams, such as Verification Engineers, in an international setting. Every work stream can be considered as a separate project. Your project management skills help you to handle tight schedules and work closely with other colleagues worldwide during projects.

You have an agile mindset and the ability to deal with ambiguities. High-quality standards are part of your daily life. You act fast and strive for continuous improvement.

You have an affinity for scripting, hardware description languages (e.g. VHDL, Verilog, SystemVerilog) and IC design tools (e.g. Synopsys, Cadence).

You strongly identify with products whose significance is not immediately evident to the consumer – such as SOLI and Tango – but that are part of something bigger and contribute to technical progress in many different areas, from solutions for driverless cars to assistance systems.

 

You are responsible for...

  • Defining, developing and implementing digital designs 
  • Coordinating digital design activities and working on creative solutions
  • Performing quality control - supporting the test concept and test pattern development for post-silicon verification
  • Taking care of the documentation of your designs

Digital Designer at Infineon

What makes this a dream job?

As a Digital Designer at Infineon, you work for a world-leading company in the high-tech sector.
We offer:

  • Creative work
  • Nice colleagues
  • Various tasks
  • A steep learning curve
  • Direct control and impact on the design output
  • Chance to assume responsibility at an early stage
  • Knowledge of contributing to consumer products in daily life, whether cars, passports or mobile devices

Every day, Infineon contributes to making the world easier, safer and greener. In fact, Infineon is one of the most sustainable companies in the world.

Locations for Digital Designers

Munich

In our headquarters in Neubiberg near Munich, more than 4.500 employees are working in research & development, several central functions, IT and many more. 

What we offer you at Campeon

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

Milpitas

Our Milpitas site, located in Silicon Valley, is one of the headquarters for Infineon Technologies Americas Corp. This site is primarily focused on Chip Card and Security and Power Management and Multi-market regional sales, marketing, and distribution.

What we offer you in Milpitas, CA

Singapore

Singapore is our regional headquarter for Asia-Pacific and consists of production, research & development, sales & marketing, supply chain and many central functions.

What we offer you in Singapore

Munich

In our headquarters in Neubiberg near Munich, more than 4.500 employees are working in research & development, several central functions, IT and many more. 

What we offer you at Campeon

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

Where do you want to work?

Infineon has various sites all over the world. Find out where you can work, what we offer, and how you can approach us at each location.

Contact Jonas Bächer, your Talent Attraction Manager

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Aurix

AURIX™ is Infineon’s current family of microcontrollers serving exactly the needs of the automotive industry in terms of performance and safety. Its innovative multicore architecture, based on up to three independent 32-bit TriCore™ CPUs, has been designed to meet the highest safety standards while increasing the performance at the same time.

Learn more about the AURIX™ family
Internet of Things

Smart cities with connected cars and autonomously flying drones, new shopping experiences, sensors everywhere, and no more smartphones:
This is what the world of the Internet of Things (IoT) could look like in 2030.

Learn more about IoT
Aurix

AURIX™ is Infineon’s current family of microcontrollers serving exactly the needs of the automotive industry in terms of performance and safety. Its innovative multicore architecture, based on up to three independent 32-bit TriCore™ CPUs, has been designed to meet the highest safety standards while increasing the performance at the same time.

Learn more about the AURIX™ family
Internet of Things

Smart cities with connected cars and autonomously flying drones, new shopping experiences, sensors everywhere, and no more smartphones:
This is what the world of the Internet of Things (IoT) could look like in 2030.

Learn more about IoT