HID, Firmware Engineer

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States


Role Number:200207548
At Apple, we build amazing products that allow millions of people do things they never imagined! Are you looking for a place where people from different backgrounds get together to develop technological breakthroughs? Are you are looking for a place where you can do your life’s best work? Then come join us! We are a team of creative, energetic, and passionate firmware engineers responsible for the next-generation Human Interface Device technologies for iPhone, iPad, and Mac! We are looking for talented individuals who enjoy building firmware for embedded processors, prototyping concepts, investigating new technologies, and delivering high-quality products. As a HID firmware engineer, you will be working on bringing up new sensing chipsets and processors from specification to production for the primary user interface on our devices: touch!

Key Qualifications

  • Curious about how and why things work
  • Ability to write in C or C++ for Embedded Systems
  • Experience working with microcontrollers with analog and digital sensors
  • Working knowledge of one or more communication protocols ( e.g. UART, SPI, I2C )
  • Experience implementing firmware in bare-metal or RTOS environments
  • Proven capability in applying software best-practices to firmware designs
  • Proven board bring-up and debug skills
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills


As a HID firmware engineer working on many of Apple's embedded sensors, you will be expected to: • bring up new sensing chipsets and processors from initial specification to production • quickly debug and effectively close out system issues related to your firmware • architect, implement, and maintain complex firmware designs • write clean, easy to understand, robust, and sustainable code tailored for embedded systems • negotiate, specify and document communication protocols, system states, and FW/SW feature requirements with the SW team • help select microcontrollers, define power management strategies, and review schematics with the HW team • collaborate with the QE teams to inform and craft their white-box testing

Education & Experience


Additional Requirements

  • • Experience with one or more 32-bit microcontroller cores (ARM, MSP430, MicroChip)
  • • Debugging skills with JTAG, Oscilloscopes, and/or Logic analyzers
  • • Development experience on Unix, Linux, or Mac OS is preferred
  • • Familiarity with touch sensing technologies is a plus
  • • Familiarity with other languages such as Python or Objective-C is a plus
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