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Hardware Design Engineer
Job Location :
4616 W. Howard Lane
Suite 1-150
Austin, Texas 78728
United States
4616 W. Howard Lane
Suite 1-150
Austin, TX 78728
United States
Employment term : Full Time
Degree : Bachelors
Travel : Yes
Job level : Entry Level 1-2 yrs.
Work Authorization :
  • Authorized to work
  • USA: Citizen
  • USA: Green Card holder
  • As the leader in high-frequency software defined radio systems, FlexRadio Systems has designed and built radios that delight our consumer, government and signals intelligence customers worldwide. FlexRadio is the recognized leader producing software defined radios that continue to evolve via software enhancements. Our radios are deployed to win competitive contests in the amateur radio community, to accomplish signals intelligence and military missions, for research in university settings and on space vehicles. Our original open source software-defined radio (SDR) software, PowerSDR, has become recognized worldwide and is the basis for numerous software radio systems and products. Our industry leading SDR platform, SmartSDR, ships on our current platforms and has advanced capabilities including an open API (SmartSDR API) and a Waveform API which allows integration of arbitrary waveforms. FlexRadio was founded in 2003.

    Job Description

    FlexRadio Systems in Austin has an opening for a digital design engineer working with a select group of engineers building software-defined radios. In our laid-back environment, you will be a member of a cross-disciplinary team building state of the art direct-sampling software defined radios (SDR). You will use our current SDR platform which employs an asymmetric multiprocessor-based CPU and FPGA designs as a foundation to design a radio system for our government customer. Using your knowledge of digital design and the specifications for our new product, you will work with our technology leaders to design a new CPU and FPGA processing subsystem. You will also design a new processing platform using the latest multi-core processors and memory. FlexRadio is hiring multiple engineering positions at both the senior and junior levels.


    • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering (EE or ECE) from an accredited university
    • Comprehensive knowledge of digital electronic devices, processors and FPGAs including circuit design principles, signal integrity considerations and ability to use tools such as Hyperlinx for design verification
    • Understanding and ability to integrate design constraints related to DRAM, FPGA integration, and high-speed signals
    • Hands-on experience with board design, bring-up, debug, test and integration and lab instruments such as oscilloscopes and spectrum analyzers
    • Motivated self-starter with leadership skills and ability to work effectively in a team environment
    • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Proficiency in electronics design (EDA) tools
    • Must be a US Citizen or permanent resident

    Preferred Skills and Education

    • Master of Science (MS) degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering (EE or ECE) and 10+ years of experience
    • Extensive experience designing systems with Xilinx FPGAs
    • Extensive experience translating complex microprocessor EVMs into derivative designs
    • Licensed amateur radio operator and/or military background
    • Fluency in Mentor Graphics Xpedition

    Key Responsibilities

    • Participate and contribute during design of product, working with other design engineers to create a high-level product design
    • Work with system architect to partition electronics across system modules
    • Schematic design of microprocessor and FPGA based computing engine, data acquisition and signal generation systems
    • PCB layout of designs using IPC standards or work with certified layout designer to accomplish PCB layout
    • Generate and maintain a bill of materials (BOM)
    • Board bring-up of designed assemblies
    • Identification of any PCBA issues and incorporation of necessary changes
    • Documentation of design and transition to software team
    • Integration of hardware into complete system

    FlexRadio Profile:

    FlexRadio is always looking for exceptional people to join our team. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about amateur radio and who enjoy the challenges of a rapidly-evolving ham radio market. FlexRadio is committed to developing the most talented team of professionals in the software defined radio community.

    FlexRadio provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, FlexRadio complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

    FlexRadio expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of FlexRadio employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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