Personal information


Américo Dias


36 years old

Marital Status


Current position

Senior Analog IC Design Engineer at Sigma Designs


Copenhagen, Denmark


Portuguese, English, Spanish


Technology, Photography


Nov 2017 – Present

Senior Analog IC Design Engineer

Sigma Designs

As part of the ASIC design team, my main responsibilities are to create specifications, supervise and design analog blocks for Z-Wave integrated circuits.

Apr 2016 – Oct 2017
1 year 7 months

Senior Analog Design Engineer

Roxar Flow Measurement (Emerson Automation Solutions)

Reporting to the department manager, my main tasks are the analysis, modelling and simulation of permanent downhole monitoring systems and devices using tools such as Matlab, Finite Element Method simulations and spice. Other responsibilities include:

  • Design of new products
  • Engage in the full development cycle, from specifications to manufacturing
  • Design test plans that challenges and proves the design
  • Create and document requirements and design specifications
  • Provide technical support for production and service queries
  • Provide support and guidance to the systems engineering team
Jan 2013 – Mar 2016
3 years 3 months

Analog IC Design Engineer


Full-custom design of analog blocks for power management IPs such as LDOs and DC-DC converters. Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Block level topology selection, analysis, and IC transistor level implementation.
  • Schematic generation and simulation on modern CAD tools (Cadence tool set).
  • Worst case identification, top level simulation using hspice, stability analysis and compensation, Monte Carlo analysis, and simulation data analysis.
  • Physical layout design, signal grounding and routing tradeoffs, area optimization.
  • Post layout parasitic extraction and simulation, verification of all IC level performance metrics.
  • Budget time, manage schedule and complete complex IC design tasks on time.
  • Account for limitations of system level specifications, testability, debug, characterization, production and yield targets in the IC design phase.
  • Prepare technical documents and reports about concluded projects.
Jun 2011 – Dec 2012
1 year 7 months

Physical Design Engineer


As part of the physical design team, my main tasks includes:

  • Synthesis (Design Compiler)
  • Place & Route (IC Compiler)
  • Integration of analog blocks (Custom Designer)
  • Timing closure (Primetime)
  • Formal verification (Formality)
  • Electrical checks (ICV, Hercules, Calibre)
  • Physical verification (ICV, Hercules, Calibre)
Apr 2009 – Jul 2010
1 year 4 months



Development of an Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) prototype for aerospace applications using microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and mixed-signal microelectronics. Design of a capacitive readout circuit in 0,35um CMOS process and digital signal processing using Xilinx Virtex 5 FPGA running Linux.

Sep 2008 – Apr 2009
8 months

Firmware programmer

Tellus Mater, S.A.

Reporting to the hardware team leader, I was responsible for the firmware development for telemetry, telemedicine and security system.

May 2007 – Aug 2008
1 year 4 months

Country Sales Representative

Venco Electrónica S.A. and R.C. Microelectrónica S.A.

Reporting to the sales managers, in Spain, I was responsible by introducing these companies in the Portuguese market. My responsibilities ranged from managing the clients portfolio, product presentation, technical support, quotes, and definition of the paying conditions for all clients in Portugal.

Sep 2001 – Apr 2007
5 years 8 months

Hardware Technician

Corsisa Electrónica, Lda.

Development of hardware/firmware in optoelectronic and testing areas. Production technical support and quality control.

Education and Training

Sep 2010 – Aug 2011

Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto

Upon completion of the master’s degree I entered the Doctoral Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering having concluded the first year with a score of 15 in 20. However, for a number of reasons, I decided to suspend my academic life to go back to work full-time.

During this year I worked as adjunct professor responsible for practical classes.

Sep 2000 – Aug 2010

M.Sc., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 14 out of 20

Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto

The program was composed by two cycles of studies. The first cycle, had duration of three years and was equivalent to a bachelor’s degree. The second cycle lasted two more years. I specialized in telecommunications with a minor specialization in microelectronics and embedded systems. My master thesis consisted in the development of an ultra-wideband (UWB) transmitter for biomedical implants in 90nm CMOS process. The integrated circuit was produced and tested and I obtained a score of 19 in 20. For more details please visit this page.

Sep 1997 – Aug 2000

Technician, Electronics, 15 out of 20

Colégio de Gaia

During this course I learned the basic skills in the domain of telecommunications, digital and analogic electronics, microcontrollers, computed aided design, printed circuit boards, computer networks, etc.

After the completion of this course I was able to preform all the technical activities related to the installation, use, maintenance, adoption and repair of electronic and telecommunication equipment and systems, ensuring the optimization of its operation, in compliance with standards of health and safety and the specific regulations.

Honors and Awards

The work “Dual-Modulus Prescaler for the 2.4-GHz ISM Band” presented on the 2nd Meeting of Researchers of U. Porto (IJUP 2009) was selected as one of the five best works. The selected works were presented in São Paulo (Brazil) on the conferences SIICUSP’09 and CIC’09.

Fastest full custom layout designer of the year, EMEA region 2009, Cadence Design Systems, Inc.