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Principal Firmware Engineer

Job Summary:

In this role, you will work closely with other firmware team members as well as with cross-functional
teams including, ASIC, hardware, and test/application engineering. As a senior team member, you will participate in all phases of the firmware lifecycle towards our next generation of SSD products. As a member of the TAEC engineering team, your ideas you will have the opportunity to innovate in a fast-growing SSD market.



  • Prototyping product concepts and contributing to Firmware Architecture
  • Specifying the Firmware Architecture and developing code targeted for embedded systems
  • Integrating firmware with other team members for the final product
  • Assist in test activities (both internal and customer qualifications)
  • Support characterization and benchmarking of SSD products through dedicated firmware instrumentation as necessary



  • 10 years of embedded firmware experience is required
  • Successfully delivering firmware for two different embedded systems (platforms and CPUs)
  • Strong understanding of RISC processors, including but not limited to C calling conventions, instruction and data caches, CPU pipeline and its impact to firmware, CPU contexts for interrupts and other operating modes
  • 5 years of Firmware/System debugging skills with tools such as JTAG debugger, GDB, and Protocol Analyzer
  • 3 years of prior experience with scripting languages for test automation
  • (Perl, Python, or similar)
  • Ability to scope and estimate development effort
  • Good oral and written communication skills and ability to work with peer team members
  • Proficient and comfortable with standard software development methodologies including source control systems (SVN, CVS or similar) and defect tracking systems (Bugzilla, JIRA or similar)
  • Extensive C programming and exposure to C++ is a plus



BS degree required (MS preferred)



Prior SSD design experience with any of the following storage interfaces:

  • SAS, PCIe, SATA (NVMe preferred) 
  • Development experience with FTL including but not limited to RAID, wear leveling, and garbage collection
  • Understanding of NAND flash concepts: interfaces (ONFI, Toggle), architectures (MLC, TLC, and Multiplane), and challenges due to smaller geometries (read and retry)
  • Experience with Multi-Core Firmware Design and Inter-Processor Communications


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