Imaging and Sensing Incubation - Firmware Engineer

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States


Role Number:200304539
We live in a mobile and device driven world where knowledge of the physical world around us is needed. We rely on this knowledge to get around, to learn about our environment and to enable spectacular new features for custom applications. Apple is meeting those needs as robustly and as creatively as possible and is interested in people who want to help meet that commitment. The success we are striving will be the result of very skilled people working in an environment which cultivates creativity, partnership, and thinking of old problems in new ways. If that sounds like the kind of environment that you find intriguing, then let's talk. These elements come together to make Apple an amazing environment for motivated people to do the greatest work of their lives. You will become part of a team that sets the standard in fostering excellence, creativity and innovation. Will you help us design the next generation of revolutionary Apple products? Imaging and Sensing Incubation has a growing team that develops ideas and design solutions for user experience and new technologies for Apple products, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple watch, MacBooks, and more. Our team plays a key role in creating ideas and mechanical hardware for early systems that integrate new technology for demo, experience development, data collection and feature development. New challenges arise every day that require the sharp analytical skills of dedicated and inquisitive individuals. We have a collaborative, inclusive, and hands-on environment that cultivates engineering excellence, creativity, and innovation. You will contribute your own unique talents by working with engineers, designers, and scientists to realize prototype concepts that synthesize electrical, mechanical and software components. Come, join us in crafting best-in-class solutions!

Key Qualifications

  • Experienced, hard-working engineer with great initiative and a proven track record of developing complex systems from initial definition throughout the project life cycle.
  • Software development experience using C with multiple families of microcontroller/microprocessors.
  • Experience with scripting languages (i.e. Bash/shell, Python).
  • Experience in developing low-level drivers.
  • Experience supporting FPGA development and test.
  • Experience with hardware system bring-up, validation and test.
  • Experience with schematics and electrical test tools, including oscilloscopes and logic analyzers.
  • Experience with version control tools (e.g., git).
  • Strong software debugging and system troubleshooting and analytical skills.
  • Familiarity with synchronized realtime sensing and processing systems.
  • Thorough, disciplined, methodical approach, with good documentation habits.
  • Standout colleague with exceptional conversational & written communication, negotiation & presentation skills


Apple's Incubation team is seeking a skilled Firmware Engineer to breathe life into high performance custom hardware systems that are essential to delivering future products & features to Apple’s Customers. This role offers a unique opportunity to impact Apple’s current and future product lines by delivering firmware and software that enable early-phase exploration and development for computer vision, depth and traditional imaging sensors using embedded systems, Apple’s SOCs, or 3rd party sensing hardware. Let your talents shine while collaborating multi-functionally with world-class experts in electrical, optical, product design, and other software teams. Other responsibilities include: - Firmware requirements definition, architecture, coordinating multi-functional design & development, small- to medium-scale production, test & calibration, and support through the full system lifecycle. - Negotiate requirements with multi-functional partners such as image signal processing, algorithms or application teams - Collaborate with hardware teams on component selection and implementation details - Partner with software, electrical and system leads to define test requirements and plans - Document and present agreed upon firmware architecture to cross-functional partners and leadership - Design and implement firmware for both custom and 3rd party systems including optical, motion and depth sensors - Implement low latency capture from various systems including synchronization of distributed systems - Driver development for sensors and other peripherals on linux, iOS or macOS based system - Coordinate and deliver API’s for automated test interfaces - Coordinate deliverables & dependencies with software partners to align with dynamic project goals - Assist in bring-up, debug, test, calibration, and verification plans to ensure high quality systems are delivered

Education & Experience

MS with 5+ years or BS with 7+ years of industry experience in electrical engineering or related field

Additional Requirements