Senior Hardware Engineer
Entropic Communications - Austin, TX

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We're in a world where traditional broadcast, broadband and mobile entertainment services are converging. Consumers want more HDTV and streaming video services -and on any device, on their timetable.

We share in this vision.

At Entropic, our mission is to transform consumers' whole-home entertainment experiences. As a world innovator in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, we're empowering today's operators with advanced enabling technologies that power both traditional broadcast and streaming video delivery into and throughout the home, and on the go.

We offer a diverse portfolio of highly-efficient silicon and software solutions that fuel innovation to power the shift from traditional broadcast to streaming, IP-based video delivery.

As the only pure play connected home entertainment company, Entropic delivers next-generation home networking, set-top-box, satellite and broadband access solutions to enable today's leading cable, telecommunications, satellite and over the top (OTT) operators the ability to advance the way content is brought into the home and distributed throughout the home; empowering consumers to experience, view and share HDTV and streaming entertainment as well as personal content (movies, music, games, and photos) - whether on connected or wireless devices.

Our diversified portfolio of products includes:

Home Networking: Creating a no-compromise home entertainment experience, Entropic's home networking silicon, -based on the MoCA standard, is the most prominent, reliable and widely distributed wired home networking standard available.

Set-Top-Box SoC: New market demands are driving new emerging services. Specifically, OEMs and service providers are seeing HD interest rise, innovation in video services and a blending of multi-screen broadband, driven by consumers' interests for multi-room DVR, OTT content, and other advanced new broadcast and streaming services.

Digital Broadcast Satellite: Satellite service providers interested in simplifying the installation, upgrade and deployment of DVR and digital sharing services benefit from Entropic's innovative Satellite Outdoor Unit Channel Stacking Switch (CSS) solution.

Broadband Access Solutions: Entropic's c.LINK® Broadband Access silicon, based on its field-proven MoCA technology, is ideal for Ethernet-over-Coax (EoC) implementations and answers the growing need for a high-performance, cost-effective, future-proofed video delivery technology for multiple dwelling units (MDUs).

Entropic Communications is a co-founder of MoCA® (Multimedia over Coax Alliance), and is recognized for advancing the way HD video is delivered over a single coaxial cable.

To support our success and continued growth we are seeking intelligent, passionate professionals to add to our team.

Job Description and Responsibilities:

The candidate will own the design from conception through specifications, design, validation to releasing of documentation all geared towards Entropic IC’s. The HW designs range from Engineering development/bring-up, marketing reference designs to turn-key high volume customer specific boards.

The candidate will take a lead role and represent the board HW aspects of the project. For larger projects which have multiple HW engineers assigned, this person will take the lead and manage other lower level engineers in several sites.

The candidate will assist with bring-up and debug of newly designed Entropic IC designs, which entails being part of a larger group consisting of IC designers, operations, applications and marketing, and will be considered the HW expert of the team. Strong debugging skills as well as in-depth knowledge of communication systems is required. Experience in the training and mentoring of lower level engineer and interns is a must.

Requirements:
  • Education: BSEE required, MSEE preferred (or equivalent)

  • Digital Communications (higher order modulations, system flow and trade-offs)

  • Analog/RF Circuitry (filters, amplifiers, S-parameters, RF specifications and trade-offs etc…)


  • High Speed Digital Circuitry (processors, E-net switches, timing analysis, DDR, PCIe, SerDes etc…)

  • Ability to competently use the following:

  • Orcad Schematic Capture

  • Microsoft Office tools (Project, Excel, word etc…)

  • Linux, Unix, Windows, DOS

  • PADS (mainly for layout reviewing purposes)

  • Design/debug knowledge:

  • Digital design including processor, memory, peripheral circuitry selection

  • Ability to measure S-parameters

  • Ability to impedance match RF circuitry (up to 3.5GHz)

  • Analysis of digitally captured waveforms in order to debug system issues.

  • Thermal analysis and mitigation methods

Ability to use the following equipment
  • Vector Signal Analyzer

  • Network analyzer

  • Spectrum Analyzer

  • Signal Generator

  • Function Generator

  • DMM

  • Oscilloscope

  • Logic analyzer

  • Serial Data analyzer

Additional:
  • Knowledge of PCB Layout techniques

  • Effect layout parasitics can have of high speed digital performance

  • RF layout and effects of parasitics

  • Ability to use the following design tools:

  • ADS

  • Eagleware

  • Visual Basic

  • MAC/PHY/Ethernet Protocols and standards

  • Communication standards (MoCA, DVB, and related)

To be an effective member of the Entropic engineering staff, candidates must also have strong analytical, interpersonal and problem-solving skills, and a track record that demonstrates the ability to work both collaboratively and independently. This is a challenging, hands-on opportunity ideal for an engineering professional who is seeking an opportunity to play an integral role in a dynamic, fast-paced and growing business. We offer competitive salaries (commensurate with skills and experience), generous health and welfare plans and employee stock options.

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