Principal Firmware Architect

Infinera Corporation

Sunnyvale, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Hardware
  • Post Date: 02/23/2021
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  • Company Address: 169 Java Drive, Sunnyvale, CA, 94089

About Infinera Corporation

Infinera empowers network operators to scale network bandwidth, accelerate service innovation and automate optical network operations. Service providers, cloud operators, governments and enterprises across the globe rely on Infinera Intelligent Transport Networks to enable services that create rich end-user experiences based on efficient, high-bandwidth optical networking.

Job Description

Infinera is the global supplier of innovative networking solutions. Our customers include the leading service providers, data center operators, internet content providers (ICPs), cable operators, enterprises, and government agencies worldwide, including 9 of the top 10 Tier 1 service providers and 6 of the top 7 ICPs. We design, develop, and deliver hardware and software for fiber-based connectivity solutions that span access, aggregation, metro, long haul, and submarine network. Our industry-leading, trendsetting edge-to-core solutions provide the foundation for many of the world’s largest and most demanding networks that generate billions in service revenue for our customers.

Job Description:

Infinera is searching for a principal-level hands-on firmware architect with significant experience in embedded system design and real-time embedded software/firmware development for our leading-edge optical line system product line. The Firmware Architect is responsible for defining the firmware architecture and requirements based on deeply understanding of product/system requirements, use cases and features. The firmware architect drives the development team towards a modular, re-usable, modern software/ firmware architecture. She/he will provide hands-on involvement with development and test through the entire product realization process.

Key Responsibilities Would Include:

  • Responsible for firmware architecture definition that dictates scalable and reusable implementation of firmware solutions across different HW and optical control applications
  • Work closely with firmware developers, system architects and other functional teams on defining and driving scalable embedded firmware solutions
  • Participate hands-on development and testing of FW solutions as required
  • Perform design, design review, coding, code review as needed
  • Define firmware technology roadmap
  • Lead firmware feasibility study for new technologies and
  • Analyze firmware performance for bottlenecks
  • Constantly look for ways to increase the team’s velocity/productivity by innovation.

Education & Experience Necessary for Success:

  • A Master or higher degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent education.
  • 10~15 years working experience in software/firmware architecture and/or development for embedded systems.
  • Experience with optical networking communication systems – especially optical transceivers or/and fiber optics modules - is a plus.
  • 5~10 years’ experience in modern embedded software/firmware architectures with focus on modularity and reusability- like micro-services and container technologies. 
  • Experienced C/C++/Python programming experience & debugging skills for embedded systems.
  • Profoundly understanding of SOC controller/processor and Linux kernel, real-time OS.
  • Validated ability to methodically root-cause sophisticated failure mechanisms at code level, feature level and sub/system level.
  • Experience in hardware/software interfaces and debugging sophisticated issues in CPU and firmware using JTAG, source code debuggers and other tools.
  • Knowledge of various management interface protocols (NETCONF, gRPC, gNxI) and data models (YANG) is a plus.
  • Proven ability to grasp new technical concepts quickly.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.

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Infinera is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability. EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled.

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