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Senior FPGA Design Engineer - UK Head Office

Datapath Limited is a world leading innovator in computer graphics, video capture and digital display technology.  Founded in 1982 and distributing across 5 continents, Datapath has end customers in more than 100 countries worldwide, in diverse markets including Medical, Signage, Security and Retail. Datapath consistently delivers class leading products and effective customer support, providing unbeatable service for specialised requirements. We are a successful and expanding company, with offices in the UK and US and customers in every major global market.

Continuing this success, we are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for a talented and motivated FPGA Design Engineer. The successful candidate will report to a Hardware Team Leader and be involved in the development and validation of a range of cutting-edge products in the computer graphics and digital video markets.

The role involves the design and verification of FPGA’s that implement high bandwidth video systems and will give the satisfaction of seeing designs move smoothly into production within a world leading company.

The role would be suitable for a design engineer with at least 5 years of relevant experience. Some experience of video interfaces or processing would be an advantage.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of the FPGA Design Engineer include, but are not limited to:

  • HDL design and verification of video systems primarily in VHDL.
  • Architecting HDL block designs from scratch considering product requirements, test requirements and design re-use.
  • HDL integration and system validation to develop high speed digital and mixed signal systems based on FPGAs.
  • Delivery of FPGA designs for product releases that meet functional requirements, performance goals and coding standards.
  • Guiding the work of junior engineers and peer review of HDL and FPGA designs.
  • Debug of embedded software that interacts with FPGA functions. Communication with software engineers to agree APIs and test strategies.
  • Board debug, using scopes, analyzers and embedded software IDE’s to verify functionality and performance.
  • Analysis of failures and feeding solutions back into the design flow.

Skill & Experience:

  • Fluent in HDL design using either VHDL or Verilog.
  • Fluent in HDL verification using HDL testbenches, knowledge of using code and functional coverage is desirable.
  • An extensive knowledge FPGA architecture, operation, and tool flow using either Intel/Altera or Xilinx.
  • Experience of defining timing constraints and resolving timing closure problems using tool flow, constraints and design changes.
  • A good working knowledge of embedded ‘C’ programming.
  • A working knowledge of scripting languages (eg. Python, Tcl)
  • Team-working skills and good verbal and written communications.
  • A systematic and analytical approach to debug and problem solving, and an ability to communicate with the rest of the team to discuss, agree and document possible solutions.
  • Practical hardware debug and test skills.
  • A resilience to time pressure and an ability to work flexibly and proactively to deliver designs to market quickly and efficiently.

Our benefits:

  • 32 days holiday (including bank holidays)
  • Annual review of salaries
  • Time off in lieu policy for any overtime worked
  • Cycle2Work scheme
  • 3% employer pension contribution
  • A non-contractual, discretionary profit share bonus scheme
  • Flexitime policy between 7am-7pm
  • Employees are eligible for life assurance/death in service which provides a cover of three times gross salary after successful completion of probationary period.

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