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RF Application Engineer

Company: Cohu, Inc.
Location: Poway
Posted on: May 8, 2022

Job Description:

Position: RF Application Engineer Location: 12367 Crosthwaite Cir, Poway, CA 92064 JOB DESCRIPTION RF Applications Engineering is chartered to design, provide, and support RF semiconductor test solutions. These test solutions are used in mass production of RF Power Amplifiers, WLAN transceivers, cell phone transceivers, digital satellite tuners, MCU---s with integrated RF transceivers and other RF devices. The test solution consists of semi-custom hardware and software that allows the standard test system to interface to, electrically stimulate and measure the response of the customers' specific semiconductor device while optimizing trade-offs between test execution speed and accuracy. Test solutions are typically in the DC to 8GHz range and can extend into the millimeter wave range for 5G, 802.11ad, and Automotive Radar. Test techniques are implemented through software. The RF Applications Engineer writes a test program in C++ to control the source and measure for the test. Results are processed and spectrum or time domain features are calculated and datalogged. Libraries of existing techniques are leveraged and innovative new techniques are developed. RF Applications Engineers are the super-users of the standard test system. Therefore, these engineers are called on to develop innovative, complex techniques for conducting intricate and multifaceted measurements. They spend time working directly with the customer at the customer site or via remote methods to develop test solutions and release them to production. They are consulted on and actively participate in internal system development projects, customer development projects and problem resolution. In addition, they will occasionally provide guidance to customers' Device Designers and Test Engineers in the area of Design for Testability. Additional opportunities available to the Applications Engineer include demonstrating their proficiency in specific areas by conducting product demonstrations for customers and authoring and presenting technical articles and papers. Technical Pillars of this role: Understanding of RF Measurement Signs Software experience (C++ and C# or C) ATE background (high volume Manufacturing experience) MUST HAVES: Requirements: BSEE degree or similar education Experience/Knowledge in two or more of the listed disciplines: RF technology; Digital; Mixed Signal Test DSP; Power Automotive; DFT (Design for Testability) Strong software skills or the desire to develop those skills. 0-10 years--- experience in the ATE and/or semiconductor industry (if not semiconductor then automotive, aerospace defense, or medical devices) Successful execution of turn-key projects. Solid background in minimum two technology fields. Fluent in English (written and spoken) Programming skills, good understanding of electronics and electrical engineering, creative, communicative, flexible, organized, willing to learn, willingness to travel, collaborate with other cultures, able to work in international teams. Key Skills Strong RF Test knowledge, DC to 8GHz. Strong Analog, Digital and RF circuit design knowledge Software development in a high-level programming language such as C++, C and C# Strong engineering problem solving methodology Strong communications skills Working knowledge of digital signal processing (DSP) methods Familiarity with the application of statistical analysis techniques Exposure to LINUX workstations and associated software applications preferred Special projects, as assigned Ensure smooth cooperation among all Cohu divisions and departments through team-work. Co-operate with the Applications Team worldwide to meet goals, objectives and functions as defined above. Other Participate frequently in customer meetings and foster all levels of communications with customer Focus on existing business processes and their appropriate usage as well on continued improvement of existing processes Report SPR---s (system performance reports) upon detecting any issues on the tester operating systems Write application notes and papers for internal use as well propose papers for exhibitions and public events

Keywords: Cohu, Inc., Poway , RF Application Engineer, Engineering , Poway, California

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