SSD Firmware Engineer


The SSD team creates NAND controller firmware designs for worldwide customers. Our designs are industry-leading in frugality and operational excellence, and are critical to the success of SMI business and the more than multimillion customers who use SMI flash controllers today. Our firmware Engineers solve challenging technology problems, and build architecturally sound, high-quality components to enable SMI SSD/Portable SSD to realize critical business strategies.

The ideal candidate for this role will be an innovative self-starter. You will be an SSD/Portable SSD firmware expert with experience in making architectural tradeoffs to optimize SSD performance for a variety of use cases. You will work with engineers across the company as well as external customers and lead firmware development efforts on custom solid-state devices. You will collaborate with internal and external development engineers (architecture, hardware, validation, software services). SMI Engineers are shaping the way people use consumer devices/mobile phones/computers and designing the future of NAND flash controller technology – come help us make history!

What you will do:

You will be a member of a team designing firmware for non-volatile memory devices, including USB/Portable SSDs. You will be a part of the firmware effort from conception, through validation and into production. You will contribute to firmware development and support device characterization and benchmarking efforts. You will work closely with SMI ASIC engineers to tailor devices for customers’ needs.

Why it matters:

SSDs represent the majority of growth in the overall IT storage market and will continue to do so for several years to come. The scale of SMI, combined with an understanding of how our hardware is used, creates a unique opportunity for component customizations that will directly benefit our customers.

Why you will love it:

You will work with engineers across the company to build current/next-generation devices. You will have a direct impact on our bottom line and the ability to deliver improvements for our developers. You will be part of a growing, fast paced, and fun team. You will have ownership for the implementation of your work. You will see direct product improvements based on the results of your work.

SMI is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation/ Age.

Job Description:
  • SSD controller firmware design, customization and customer support.
  • SATA/PCIe/NVMe protocol firmware design.
  • Design NAND FTL/CTL algorithm.
  • Master's degree and/or PhD in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering.
  • Familiar with PATA/IDE interface(bridge) or SATA/PCIe interface.
  • Experience in NAND flash related product is a plus.
  • Strong analytical & abstract thinking ability as well as technical communication skills.
  • Familiar with USB protocol is a plus