Intel Corporation Hardware Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Apr 18, 2015
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Hardware Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
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Application

I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Intel Corporation (Fort Collins, CO) in April 2015.

Interview

1 phone interview. Mainly about my resume. on site interview with 5 different managers plus behavioural interview. Asked about verilog, synthesis, layout, computer architecture. Delay and power consumption. Different methodology for layout. Timing analysis. RC delay, charge sharing. questions about SRAM. Different components of sram. Verilog to layout using synopsis or cadence.

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    Hardware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fort Collins, CO
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    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Intel Corporation (Fort Collins, CO) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Went through three interviews: one on university campus, a phone interview, then on site. The on site interview was broken into five major sections each with a different engineer: computer architecture, logic, validation, software, and general personality questions. Individual questions were simple and straight forward, but the interview covered a very wide breadth of topics.

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    • Create a test plan for a simple ALU where operands are stored on a stack.   Answer Question
    • How do you synchronize a signal between two clock domains?   Answer Question
    • Design a spice rack for the blind.   Answer Question
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    Hardware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Intel Corporation.

    Interview

    He asked mainly about CMOS basics, Gate tunneling, different types of power dissipation and ways to eliminate, 5 stages of pipeline, Cache Memories, SRAM & DRAM, Verification topics, System Verilog, UVM, DDR2, power area & performance optimization techniques, Physical Design such as Floorplanning, power planning, clock networks.

    He asked little about my projects.

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    Hardware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
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    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) in August 2010.

    Interview

    Architecture questions

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    Hardware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
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    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Intel Corporation (Bangalore (India)) in November 2009.

    Interview

    Went through a simple written test. Though all teams do not conduct this. But the team i was interviewed for had written test. Then two technical interviews.

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    • Technical is easy. But behavioral questions are tricky.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation was done.

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    Hardware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
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    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Intel Corporation (Bangalore (India)) in May 2011.

    Interview

    3 rounds of F2F Interview
    Round 1: 1 hour technical interview
    Round 2: 1 hour technical interview
    Round 3: 30 mins behavioral interview

    Interview Questions

    • Why do we use universal gates and not other gates in VLSI circuits   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I was offered job as Intern

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    Hardware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Intel Corporation (Gainesville, FL) in July 2013.

    Interview

    Hiring Manager sent an email asking my availability. Job description was for configuring CAD tools according to requirements. He went over my resume, especially projects related to VLSI. He wanted to know if I was familiar with the whole process flow of design. Was also interested in knowing my knowledge of fabrication and asked questions based on how to reduce capacitance in interconnects (use a dielectric with low relative permittivity). Also asked a simple algorithmic question related to an IF condition. Anyway, he staged another two rounds of interview over call, this time with his team for them to assess. The first group asked questions about basics of circuit design, like what are the advantages of using CMOS design and the necessity of both NMOS and PMOS. They also ventured to ask what parallel computing is all about (since that's on my resume). Asked me how I could use MPI to optimize Cadence (weird?). Asked if I minded doing a more software based job. The next team asked more relevant questions. Question on what will be the delay if there is a resistance and a capacitance at the output of an inverter. Also a question on body biasing. Asked if I knew PERL scripting. Asked if I knew SKILL (apparently that's the language they use to optimize their CAD tools). Asked how I would go about implementing a design process (schematic, simulation, floorplanning, layout etc.). Asked if I knew UNIX (basics). Asked what is grep for.

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    • Fabrication related, something about the interconnect process that I can't seem to remember.   Answer Question
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    Hardware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
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    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Intel Corporation (Phoenix, AZ) in December 2012.

    Interview

    Contacted by the group Manager by email. Was asked if I was available for a phone screen and given some days/dates as time slots to choose from. I replied back with my availability. Never received a call even after emailing to confirm.

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    Hardware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Intel Corporation (Portland, OR) in May 2012.

    Interview

    Apply on April?and get interview at the end of May, Intel CCDO group.

    Interview Questions

    • 10.VIA, CONTACT's function in layout
      11.what is cache?and its tradeoff
      12 what's the concept of page in memory
      13.what is virtual memory
      14.what is cache replacement policy?
      15.do you know any script language? I said I know perl.Then some following questions about regular expression
      16.what is stack
      17.what is recursive
      18.what is array
      19.what is hash table?what' the difference of it and array?
      20.what is RISC & CISC?what is intel using now?
      21.what is pipeline?intel uses how many stage?
      22.do you anything about PLL, what's that for?
       
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    Hardware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Haifa (Israel)
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    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Intel Corporation (Haifa (Israel)) in January 2008.

    Interview

    There are two interviews with technical engineers (most likely form same team/group). Both interviews are more a like the same with first part an intrduction about Intel and specific job descripyion. Second part is personal information questions and the last part is techinical questions from hardware fields (logic design,verification, programming skills...).

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    • They tend to ask loigical questions like mathmatics riddles.   Answer Question

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