Principal FPGA Engineer


  • Develops digital FPGA logic solutions targeting applications such as system communications/control, data movement and processing, and embedded microprocessors.
  • Oversees and participates in the engineering life cycle of FPGA products including requirements, architecture, design, implementation, verification, integration, and debug following appropriate engineering best practices and department processes.
  • Guides and supports other FPGA engineers in implementing the architecture as defined, and helps monitor the proper application of best practices and department processes on designs which they are leading.
  • Prepares design documentation and participates-in design reviews.
  • Participates in project analysis and planning efforts and provides timely status input to engineering management.
  • Proactively participates in FPGA department process improvement by taking part in internal discussions, providing experiential input and feedback, and exploring and sharing information about new related industry concepts and tools.
  • May develop system architecture concepts and design documentation for complex multi-custom hardware component systems.
Qualifications Education
  • A Bachelor' s of Science (or above) in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering with 8+ years of relevant experience. Or more than 10 years of related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Background including:
    • Complex digital FPGA architecture and design for embedded systems
    • High bandwidth data communications, storage, and manipulation in an FPGA
    • Writing and reviewing documentation including requirements, design, verification, and interface guides (e.g. User, Software)
    • Hardware/Software integration and lab debug using common equipment including internal FPGA logic analyzer tools (e.g. Vivado Logic Analyzer)
    • Working within or leading a small team of developers in a coordinated and efficient manner to deliver high quality and timely product
    • Communicating and coordinating across engineering functional teams to achieve project goals
    • Supporting and providing input to project planning and management including work breakdown, estimates and task status
    • Experience with system requirements analysis and Hardware/FPGA/Software breakdown, and low-level system architecture design preferred
  • Proficiency with:
    • HDL coding (e.g. VHDL, Verilog, etc.) for FPGA development and simulation
    • HDL design and coding best practices for purpose (e.g. resource use, clock-rate, latency)
    • FPGA design tools, simulation tools (e.g. Xilinx Vivado, Mentor QuestaSim)
    • Source control tools (e.g. Subversion, ClearCase)
    • Standard office software (e.g. MS Word, Excel, etc.)
Key Competencies
  • Is accurate, thorough and monitors own work quality; constantly looking for ways to improve and promote quality
  • Quickly adapts to changes in priority, approach or method to best fit the situation; manages competing demands; deals well with delays or unexpected events
  • Ability to lead small teams effectively and coordinate their effort
  • Effectively presents information to a variety of people, including senior management and peers on project teams; ability to translate complex ideas into easy to understand explanation
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication (verbal, written, listening) and time/task management skills
  • Is tactful and professional; treats others with respect and consideration

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