CPU Architect - Platform Architecture

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States


Role Number:200002947
Do you have an uncommon desire to seek out and solve exceedingly difficult challenges rather than the easy ones? Do you thrive on adversity? Do you believe that truly valuable and meaningful accomplishments are the result of pushing the limits of perseverance? Do you believe that a world-class team with relentless drive can surpass even their own high expectations? We do! But we also realize this job isn’t for everyone. What we do isn’t easy but you don’t take the easy path. Apple is seeking a highly motivated and ambitious CPU Architect to join our group that is driving advanced exploration for next generation architectures.

Key Qualifications

  • You should have experience and knowledge of CPU architecture and micro-architecture concepts as well as deep expertise in one or more focused CPU area. Areas could include ISA development, core micro-architecture, CPU security, memory subsystem design, coherency, fabric and scalable design, DRAM, reliability architecture.
  • You will be setting direction thus you must be comfortable in an environment of uncertainty and able to work through ambiguities.
  • We believe in the power of teams working together so you must have strong communication, influence, and negotiation skills.
  • We are a data driven group and believe in the power of individuals proving their own ideas therefore we prefer you have hands on experience with high-level simulators for performance or power estimation:
  • Proficiency in C and C++
  • Proficiency in scripting languages such as Perl, Python and Ruby
  • Knowledge and experience with common performance benchmarks and workloads


As a CPU Architect you will independently identify potential areas to for improvement while collecting data and measurements that either confirm the idea or rule it out. We define new micro-architectures and optimize existing ones. You will use your intuition gained from experience as a guide but not as a filter. You will collaborate with experienced designers in micro-architecture and RTL to assess the feasibility of ideas, refine ideas, and seed new ones. The role requires the analysis of specific workloads across existing and new product categories to identify bottlenecks and opportunities for improvement. As a member of the CPU architecture and performance team you will collaborate with others to maintain and improve the simulation environment and look for ways to boost the productivity of the entire team.

Education & Experience

BS, MS, or PhD in Electrical or Computer Engineering.

Additional Requirements