FPGA Engineer

Engineering     San Mateo, CA     Full-time

Modern intelligent systems such as self-driving cars, aerial mobility, and mobile robotics have phenomenal potential to make all forms of transportation more efficient and safer. However, to realize the full extent of this potential, these systems must be able to navigate safely in any environment, anywhere on the planet. The most ubiquitous and widely used source of navigation, GNSS (commonly referred to as GPS), cannot deliver the precision or security needed to support these industries.

Xona is at the forefront of making precise and resilient navigation available on a global scale to help the age of autonomy expand its reach to everyone who can stand to benefit from it. Our success is dependent upon building an agile and diverse team that is excited about building things that have a real-world impact. We are curious, passionate, innovative, and thrive in a collaborative environment. Experience with space-tech is not required, and even if you don’t meet many of the desired qualifications below we would still love to connect and receive an application from you!

Xona is looking for an FPGA Engineer to join our team. As a member of this team, you will collaborate with our RF and software engineers to interface with high speed data converters, implement real time digital waveform generators, and control RF hardware. You will be responsible for building, testing, deploying, and maintaining firmware for spacecraft navigation and diagnostics on test and flight hardware. As a part of this multidisciplinary team, you will also help specify hardware components for the spacecraft and develop the standards to qualify the spacecraft for flight readiness.

Desired Qualifications (not all are expected):

  • Bachelor’s degree or technical diploma in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or a relevant field

  • Strong proficiency with VHDL for both synthesis and verification

  • A passion for hardware development, including working in a fast-paced environment and hands-on design and development

  • Experience in designing, implementing, and testing high throughput systems implemented on FPGAs

  • Experience with modern communication systems (RF, IF/IQ, time/frequency domains, modulation)

  • Expertise in at least 1 domain beyond just logic design. This could be DSP/radio design, software, hi-rel design (e.g. fault analysis & recover), etc.

  • Experience with Xilinx and Intel/Altera FPGAs

  • Familiarity with Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale architecture

  • Experience with Vivado IDE & TCL and Quartus toolchains

  • Familiarity with system level estimates and implications of power, thermal, and real estate

  • Experience with circuit level debugging

  • Experience with digital communication theory and implementation, such as LDPC implementations and digital predistortion


Required Qualifications

  • All candidates must be either a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) due to U.S. export control regulations.



San Mateo, CA


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