“I build an abstract model of the chip system we design.”

Glimpse into an exciting field of work

What do Product & System Architects at Infineon do?

Sometimes they’re called Product & System Architects, and sometimes Concept Engineers. In any case, they bridge the gap between customer requests and technical feasibility. Product & System Architects have deep technical knowledge about what can be realized in a chip – plus strong communication skills to coordinate internal and external customer needs.

Interview

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

I chose this quote from Albert Einstein, because my job is to build an abstract model of the chip system we design. The model should be as abstract as possible, but at the same time it has to contain all the functionalities we need to check.

Sara Schlaffge Product & System Architect Automotive, Infineon/DICE in Linz, Austria

What are your tasks as a System Model Engineer in the field of Product & System Architecture?

Our team develops radar sensors that are used for adaptive cruise control and emergency breaking systems in cars. My task is to design a simplified model of radar chips, which consist of hardware and software.
The model mainly fulfills two purposes: Firstly, as the initial check of the whole system, it can be used to validate the concept of the chip. As a result, we can locate any problems in early development phases. Secondly, the software running on the chip can be tested before the real hardware is available.
My job is to understand the functionality of individual components of the system and how they interact with one another. I have to find out what details are relevant for the model and how to implement them.

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

Creating an abstract model might sound simple enough, but it can be quite difficult to break down a system into its essential features. If I recreate a functionality exactly as it is in real life, it would take much too much time to come up with a simulation model. On the other hand, if the model is too abstract, we could miss important aspects.
I have to sort out what details to include in the model and what to leave out. To be able to decide that, I align with the rest of my modelling team and colleagues from concept engineering, software development and product design.

What are the biggest highlights in your job?

There are always new challenges in our everyday work. Sometimes it’s difficult and time consuming to find a solution. For me, though, I think it’s really exciting and satisfying to approach a solution and see progress – true to the maxim “the journey is the reward.”
When we finish a project and see that our chip works in real life, it connects the whole team.
We put in a lot of effort, and at the end of the day it is worth it. It’s a great feeling to know that we make life safer for people all over the world.

What special talents do you need for your job?

First, you need to have both the big picture and the details in mind at the same time. That’s necessary to see the impact of the element you are working on for the rest of the system. You also need to have knowledge of electronics and signal processing to be able to understand the radar chip. And last but not least, you need programming skills to build the model.

How did you begin your career with Infineon?

I started with an internship, and later on I wrote my master’s thesis at the company. After graduating in 2018, I decided to accept an offer and stay with the team. Since then, I’ve been working full time at Infineon in Linz, Austria.

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It’s like being faced with a mystery

"The challenge of my job is to solve problems for which there is no obvious solution. The real highlight is when we get an engineering sample of a chip we have developed and hold it in our hands. Then we know that the concept we came up with works in reality. That’s the biggest reward of all." Hear in the video another story of a Product&System Architect

Requirements at a glance

Personality

You like technical discussions with colleagues and customers. The tasks at hand offer room for professional and personal development.

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.

Customer contact

You enjoy taking an active part in discussing technical feasibility with customers.

Requirements at a glance

Skills:

You are a team player with an open mind for new ideas, tools and methods. After completing a degree in electrical engineering or similar, it is beneficial if you have gained initial job experience, for example as an Application Engineer or a Digital Designer. Abstract thinking comes naturally to you, which you need to come up with creative and innovative solutions for technological problems. You like to learn and can communicate easily with both internal and external customers.

You are responsible for:

  • Technical leadership as an expert in a project, partitioning an issue into technically feasible tasks
  • Cooperation with internal functions and international teams consisting among others of Application Engineers, Test Engineers and Analog Mixed Signal/Digital Designers
  • Building trust with customers to establish and maintain long-term business relationships
  • A broad range of technical challenges, from design and testing to algorithms and packaging
  • Digital work with design software when developing complex products
  • Project management tasks such as contributing to roadmaps, defining tasks, communicating, and monitoring and controlling technical progress

What makes this a dream job?

If you like to delve into solving problems, keeping both the big picture and the details in mind at the same time, a job as a Product & System Architect at Infineon might be for you. It is very rewarding, to hold the result of your work in the form of a real chip literally in your hand and see your solutions become a “real thing”. The job offers a chance to collaborate with internal and external great minds on a regular basis. And who knows – your work could be published in scientific papers or result in patent applications. What’s more, the job provides an opportunity to become an expert in your field and to follow a career on the Technical Ladder.

As a Product & System Architect at Infineon, you drive new technologies and gain exposure to a lot of different products. Whether we’re talking about assistance systems,  solutions for driverless cars, or any other product, that contributes to technological progress in many different areas. So you really can say, you are shaping the future.

Locations for Product & System Architect

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

Almost 4.200 people work at four different sites in Austria.

What we offer you in Graz

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

Villach

Almost 4.200 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

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

Villach

Almost 4.200 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.

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