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Intern - Digital Design Engineer at SiFive
San Mateo, CA, US

San Mateo, CA

SiFive is the leading provider of market-ready processor core IP, development tools and silicon solutions based on the free and open RISC-V instruction set architecture. Led by a team of seasoned silicon executives and the RISC-V inventors, SiFive helps SoC designers reduce time-to-market and realize cost savings with customized, open-architecture processor cores, and democratizes access to optimized silicon by enabling system designers in all market verticals to build customized RISC-V based semiconductors.
At SiFive, you’ll be part of a fun, engaging team and be afforded the opportunity to grow within the company. You will work side-by-side with the founders of RISC-V and bring to fruition the new RISC-V architecture and enable its rapid adoption by implementing new tools, breakthrough design methods and services. We need people who are trail-blazers, aren’t afraid to take a chance, and don’t always “go with the flow”.
If you are a student interested in high level design of digital circuits, and would like to gain experience with real-world application-driven chip designs, SiFive is a great place to get some hands-on experience working in a state-of-the-art hardware design flow.
The digital design engineering intern will work with experienced designers on a project to improve or implement a piece of spec-based soft IP which will be integrated SiFive's in RISC-V processor based chips and made available on our SaaS platform to build chips in the cloud. The engineering intern will have the opportunity to design and debug real circuits in a supportive environment, and the potential to see their work made available to the public and realized in silicon.


  • Read and understand digital interface specifications
  • Implement or modify spec-based designs for interface controllers in Chisel
  • Create test platforms and code to verify and debug those designs instantiated in an SoC
  • Model the designs on an FPGA and verify them in the lab


  • Understanding of Chisel and Verilog hardware definition languages.
  • Coursework in digital circuit design and simulation
  • Low-level programming experience using C and/or Assembly
  • FPGA experience a plus
SiFive is proud to be an equal employment opportunity workplace. We offer a competitive compensation package that includes flexible paid time off, health, vision and dental benefits, 401(k) plan, employee stock option program, and much more. If you yearn to be challenged and wish to work in an environment where the boundaries of your creativity and skills will be tested, then SiFive is place for you.