Principal Engineer, Firmware Engineering

Western Digital Technologies   •  

Milpitas, CA

Industry: Professional, Scientific & Technical Services


5 - 7 years

Posted 42 days ago

This is a position in a firmware development team to develop flash management code for next-generation SSD storage products. The candidate is expected to drive design, implementation, bench-level verification, support, and documentation of new firmware, using a structured code development process.


The ideal candidate will design, and develop flash management firmware code, in conjunction with hardware product development, by performing the following duties.




  • Analyzes requirements to determine feasibility of design.
  • Consults with hardware engineers and other engineering staff to evaluate interface between hardware and firmware, and operational and performance requirements of overall system.
  • Develops firmware testing a long with firmware development.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Other duties may be assigned




  • ·        Bachelor's degree in computer systems engineering or equivalent engineering degree, AND
  • ·        6 to 8 years related experience and/or training, especially with
  • ·        Designing, developing, and debugging of multi-threaded, soft real-time, embedded firmware applications
  • ·        Programming with C, C++ and assembly language
  • ·        Proficiency in DMA, interrupt handlers, stack analysis, context switching
  • ·        Programming hardware devices through control registers
  • ·        Debugging both new hardware and new firmware using oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, protocol analyzers
  • ·        Using best-practice firmware engineering principles
  • ·        Implementing storage protocols is a plus


Other Language and Proficiency skills:

  • ·        Proficiency in English, both spoken and written, is required
  • ·        Knowledge of structured code development methods and debug techniques
  • ·        Ability to solve problems as part of multi-site organization and cross functional team
  • ·        Ability to provide timely scheduling and resource information to team leads and managers, and meet scheduled commitments