Sr. Electrical Engineer (FPGA Design)

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States


Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number:200141132
The Apple Engineering Team is looking for a high-energy, creative, and driven FPGA Design engineer with strong Electrical Engineering background to work on future Display hardware technologies. You will work in a reciprocal, exciting environment to integrate new technologies into Apple's products.

Key Qualifications

  • Strong analytical aptitude and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Should be self-motivated in order to achieve assigned objectives with
  • minimal supervision
  • Have shipped 3-4 products with FPGAs on it.
  • Min. 5 years of experience utilizing Xilinx Vivado Tool chain.
  • Min. 10 years of hands-on experience with FPGA architecture, design,
  • coding, simulating, and debugging FPGA on actual HW.
  • Strong understanding how your HDL/RTL code will be synthesized into
  • FPGA fabric. Code for performance!
  • Good Electrical Engineering (EE) knowledge on FPGA's HW requirements
  • - Terminations, Signal Integrity, DC Power supplies, Jitter specifications, IO
  • planning etc.
  • Hands-on experience using any 7 series Xilinx FPGAs - Artix-7, Kintex-7,
  • Virtex-7, UltraScale, Zynq etc.
  • Built FPGA designs involving high-performance interfaces like DDR2/3/4,
  • LVDS, DSPs, Ethernet, etc.
  • Experience using high-speed transceivers GTX/GTH/GTPs for interfaces
  • like - MIPI, HDMI, DP, PCIE etc.
  • Experience using high-speed data/control interfaces like SPI, UART, I2C
  • etc.
  • Experience using Microblaze and/or ARM based embedded processors.
  • Hands-on experience with Xilinx or 3rd party IP, as well as create own IP
  • when needed.
  • Ability to translate SW algorithms in C/Perl/Python/Matlab into high
  • performance HDL code.
  • Good knowledge of FPGA Clock Regions, Bank IO Constraints, Clocking
  • resources - CMTs, PLLs, DLLs etc.
  • Understanding static timing analysis, and ability to fix timing issues.
  • Practical lab debugging skills to bring-up FPGA designs on actual PCBs using Oscilloscope, Protocol Analyzers.
  • Work effectively in a multi-functional product development HW & SW teams.
  • Ability to select FPGA Devices based on RTL resource estimation & other HW system requirements from multi-functional teams.
  • Able to work on multiple projects in parallel.


- Demonstrate creativity in problem solving, ability to think out-of-box, and adapt quickly to new technical areas. - Promote innovation and new technology to further enhance Apple's display performance and user experience. - Create and give presentations before and after prototyping new ideas. - Work in a team environment and negotiate solutions with HW / SW Engineering and Systems Engineering. - Participate in all phases of the FPGA/EE design including requirements analysis and system architecture, RTL coding, module & system level test bench design, simulation, synthesis, verification and bring-up. - Participate in HW design reviews, and help improve existing design. - Communicate and demonstrate prototypes to multi-functional Teams. - Mentor junior colleagues when necessary.

Education & Experience

MS/BS in Electrical Engineering. - MS with 5+ years, or BS with 8+ years of relevant EE & FPGA Design experience

Additional Requirements

  • - EE Component selection & circuit design experience is a Plus.
  • • - EE Schematics & Board Design/Layout experience is a Plus.
  • • - FW Development experience using C/C++ is a Plus.
  • • - Scripting or Test Automation is a Plus.