Silicon Validation Software Engineer: Embedded and Low-level Programming
San Diego, CA 
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Job Description

Posted: Jul 16, 2024

Role Number:200452787

At Apple, new ideas have a way of becoming extraordinary products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job and there's no telling what you could accomplish. Dynamic, smart people and inspiring, innovative technologies are the norm here. The people who work here have reinvented entire industries with all Apple Hardware products. The same passion for innovation that goes into our products also applies to our practices strengthening our commitment to leave the world better than we found it. Join us to help deliver the next groundbreaking Apple product. We are looking for exceptional software engineers to join a fast-paced environment. In this role, you will contribute to developing embedded software solution, debug and bring-up of the state-of-the-art next generation SOCs, supporting current and future Apple products. Your work will have a critical impact on getting high quality functional products to millions of customers quickly. You will be part of our core infrastructure team responsible for developing and improving our embedded silicon test software platforms, including Common Firmware Environment and RTOS.


* Develop boot and driver code for Apple SOC, including AP clusters, IO Co-Processor system, fabric, power management, memory and other I/O devices * Design, implement, and enhance Common Firmware Environment (CFE) and other platform software for Apple silicon validation organization. * Develop system software to exercise power saving feature (suspend and resume) * Contribute to SDRAM initialization and calibration development * Implement firmware driver for PMIC and battery charging * Participate in the chip bring-up on simulator, emulation, FPGA and silicon * Develop applications covering system level use cases and functional features * Participate in SOC architecture, design specification and board schematics review

Key Qualifications

  • Proficient in C/C++, assembly a plus
  • Background in embedded software development, bare metal, RTOS and/or Linux
  • Solid understanding about ARM specification, computer architecture, operating system
  • Experience in boot code, CPU & SOC initialization, device drivers
  • Experience in lpDDR4/5, DRAM initialization and calibration a big plus
  • Experience in pre/post silicon verification on SOC is a plus.
  • Good troubleshooting skills in silicon bring-up and embedded software debugging
  • Familiar with IO protocols: I2C, SPI, SPMI, UART, GPIO (PCIe/USB-C is a plus.)
  • Experience with script language such as Python, Perl, or Tcl.

Education & Experience

A minimum of a BS degree and a minimum of 10 years of relevant industry experience related to silicon validation software engineering.

Additional Requirements

Pay & Benefits

    At Apple, base pay is one part of our total compensation package and is determined within a range. This provides the opportunity to progress as you grow and develop within a role. The base pay range for this role is between $166,600 and $296,300, and your base pay will depend on your skills, qualifications, experience, and location.

    Apple employees also have the opportunity to become an Apple shareholder through participation in Apple's discretionary employee stock programs. Apple employees are eligible for discretionary restricted stock unit awards, and can purchase Apple stock at a discount if voluntarily participating in Apple's Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You'll also receive benefits including: Comprehensive medical and dental coverage, retirement benefits, a range of discounted products and free services, and for formal education related to advancing your career at Apple, reimbursement for certain educational expenses - including tuition. Additionally, this role might be eligible for discretionary bonuses or commission payments as well as relocation. Learn more about Apple Benefits.

    Note: Apple benefit, compensation and employee stock programs are subject to eligibility requirements and other terms of the applicable plan or program.


  • Apple is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, Veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. Learn more about your EEO rights as an applicant.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
10+ years
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