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2022 Summer Placement Datapath Hardware Engineer


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Who we are

At Imagination, we love innovating. We spend our time creating the graphics and AI chips that are at the core of your favourite electronic products, and we are expanding our IP portfolio to include RISC-V CPUs as part of our efforts to create the best Compute offering in the market. We have a no-compromise approach to making our technology as high performance and power-efficient as possible, all while being squeezed into the smallest space possible.

It’s this relentless drive to push the boundaries of what’s possible that has led to Imagination powering more than 10 billion of the world’s most iconic electronic devices, from smartphones to smart TVs, from drones to self-driving cars.

Our Culture

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Considering joining Imagination? Find out what it’s like to be part of the team.

We need your skills to help us continue to deliver technology that will impress the industry and our customers alike, ensuring that people everywhere can enjoy smarter and faster tech than ever before.

What you’ll be doing

PowerVR is the world leader in mobile graphics. This is a chance to work on the next generation of advanced graphics cores for applications such as mobile phones, in-car entertainment, virtual reality and machine learning. Imagination builds cores that handle dozens of number formats, hundreds of algorithms and billions of computations per second.

The Datapath team builds, researches and verifies the most mathematically intensive of Imagination’s hardware. We invent new ways of adding, multiplying and dividing numbers (join us to find out what that means!), and much more.

You will join a small dynamic and motivated design team that values creativity, invention and the ability to explain complex ideas completely and concisely. We are looking for an engineer, computer scientist or mathematician with an interest in generating innovative implementations of mathematical functions that achieve the ultimate in silicon area, power and performance.

Successful interns achieve infamy by creating components, tools or co-authoring patents that live on long after the internship finishes.

Projects will come from the following areas and will be up to the expertise and interest of the applicant:

  • Datapath code optimisation – Imagination Technologies is constantly updating its code and developing novel approaches to mathematical calculation using a variety of number formats and algorithms to push the limit of performance.
  • Formal verification – the task of proving mathematically that a specification is correctly implemented by a collection of logic gates is mission critical. However, some verification tasks are too computationally difficult. Recent research within the team has found ways of overcoming these challenges – be one of the first to create ground breaking verification technology.
  • Design automation and tool development – take today’s innovative ideas and test their limits. By creating custom tools and automating our best work, we can leverage its power quickly and accurately in tomorrow’s designs.

Who you are

Committed to making your customers, stakeholders and colleagues successful, you’re an excellent communicator, listener and collaborator who builds trusted partnerships by delivering what you say, when you say. You’re curious, solutions orientated and a world-class problem solver who constantly seeks opportunities to innovate and achieve the best possible outcome to the highest imaginable standard.

You have

  • A solid mathematical background
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Tenacity with an attention to detail
  • The ability to convey complex ideas completely and concisely

You might also have

  • Experience in programming, either as part of your course or for fun
  • An interest in computer arithmetic
  • Experience devising your own mathematical proofs
  • Worked on open-ended research assignments

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • All grades
  • 3 or 6 months
  • Cambridge, Kings Langley (Hertfordshire) and Bristol
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Analytics
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Maths
  • Software
  • Statistics
  • Systems

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