Microsoft Looking for Engineer To Lead DRAM Solutions for Future Xbox Projects; GDDR6 Mentioned

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Apr 19, 2018
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Microsoft is actively looking for an engineer to lead the DRAM solutions for the Xbox console hardware development team for current and future Xbox projects.

The Redmond-based tech company has put up a job listing for a senior electrical engineer/DRAM memory lead with a “solid understanding of core engineering principles” and “deep understanding of current DDR3 and GDDR5 technology”.

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According to Microsoft’s job listing, the ideal candidate “will be the primary technical focal point for existing and leading-edge memory technologies on currently shipping and future Xbox design projects.” Memory solutions include DDR3, GDDR5, GDDR6 and future DRAM technologies.

“The focus will be integrating the right memory solutions into the console based on a variety of constraints such as power, cost, reliability, signal integrity and performance requirements”, the listing reads. “Integration includes defining the system requirements for each memory technology, creating specifications, working within an internal team, partner teams and external vendors to identify specific components that meet the requirements and then completing a characterization, qualification and validation of the chosen technology.”

Aside from the job listing mentioned above, Microsoft is also looking for an Xbox Storage Architect to “lead the storage solutions for the Xbox console hardware development team”.

Storage solutions include HDD, SSD, and Flash based storage technologies.  The successful candidate will be the primary technical focal point for existing and leading-edge storage technologies on currently shipping and future Xbox design projects.  The focus will be integrating the right storage solutions into the console based on a variety of constraints such as cost, reliability, capacity and performance requirements.  Integration includes defining the requirements for each storage technology, creating specifications, working within an internal team and external vendors to identify specific components that meet the requirements and then completing a characterization, qualification and validation of each technology.

Microsoft’s current Xbox One X console uses 12GB GDDR5 of graphic memory, while the Xbox One S uses 8GB DDR3 ram. GDDR6 appears to be most logical, and cost-efficient, memory for the next Xbox console, and both NVIDIA and AMD will be using it in their upcoming GPUs.

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