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Principal Digital IF FPGA Engineer

IT Talent Solutions Ltd

Posted on Jan 4, 2023 by IT Talent Solutions Ltd

Hereford, Herefordshire, United Kingdom
Immediate Start
£110k - £110k Annual

I'm working on behalf of a worldwide specialist in RF Design and manufacturing. They design and build elements for satellite communications infrastructure.

You will be part of a small team within their engineering department, to specify, develop and design a new range of cutting edge digital IF distribution products.


The role will suit someone with a strong background in network protocols and a working knowledge of communications systems engineering and Digital Signal Processing. You may have worked in software radio or related discipline. A pragmatic approach to the implementation of FPGA-based network equipment is essential. Ideally, you will have worked with SoC FPGAs such as Zynq or Cyclone device families.

You will be responsible for implementing VITA-49 or similar network SDR transport protocols. You will have excellent FPGA skills, including working on mid-sized to large designs where there are multiple code authors. Operating in a cloud CI environment. You will take sampled signals, process them, efficiently packetise and add context for data transmission over high-speed Ethernet. You will be able to size FPGA processing requirements and have a working knowledge of the benefits of leading FPGA devices.

You will be working on cutting-edge technology as part of a multidisciplinary team in a fast-paced environment. You will rapidly gain skills in all technologies present in a complex digitisation product line, working on some of the most complex and powerful FPGAs on the market today.

Key Responsibilities

  • To design and develop a range of modules and equipment for digital IF
  • Integration and test of digital IF equipment
  • Produce HDL code for VITA-49 or similar network SDR transport protocols
  • Ability to write & debug Linux drivers
  • Expert user of Linux
  • Scripting in TCL designs utilising IP Cores for rapid development
  • Build Scripting to support continuous integration
  • Design and development of test benches to prove VHDL code
  • Conduct floor-planning and timing analysis of designs, achieving timing closure
  • Test of VHDL code on target platform
  • Integration of firmware into application design

Essential Experience

  • Minimum of 8 years industry experience (or less with direct experience of RFSOC/M PSOC
  • Experience of FPGA implementation of communications stacks including TCP/IP
  • Extensive experience of FPGA synthesis tools such as Synplify, Vivado, Quartus or Mentor
  • Extensive experience of writing FPGA test benches
  • Efficient implementation of DSP algorithms in VHDL
  • FPGA code design, synthesis, implementation and test
  • Linux system configuration
  • Experience in C/C++/Rust or other high-level language

Desirable Experience

  • Experience of SDR protocols such as VITA-49
  • Understanding of data-converter specifications and error sources
  • Experience of high-speed mixed signal PCB design constraints
  • Build Scripting for reproducible builds in a team environment
  • Experience of working in an Agile Test-Driven environment

Reference: 1844409007


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