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Technologist, Firmware Engineering

Company: Western Digital
Location: Milpitas
Posted on: July 31, 2022

Job Description:

Company DescriptionThe future. It's on you. You & Western Digital.We've been storing the world's data for more than 50 years. Once, it was the most important thing we could do for data. Now we're helping the world capture, preserve, access and transform data in a way only we can.The most game-changing companies, consumers, professionals, and governments come to us for the technologies and solutions they need to capture, preserve, access, and transform their data.But we can't do it alone. Today's exceptional data challenges require your exceptional skills. It's You & Us. Together, we're the next big thing in data.Western Digital - data-centric solutions are found under the G-Technology---, HGST, SanDisk -, Tegile---, Upthere---, and WD - brands.Job DescriptionESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:A candidate in this position shall be responsible for the below functions but not limited to the following

  • Design new features for core firmware components needed for enterprise class SSD devices, such as file system, diagnostic framework, firmware update, boot process
  • Implement the above firmware components using C and C++
  • Collaborate with firmware/ASIC architects and other engineers to create solutions for future enterprise SSD devices in the areas of firmware update, boot process, memory management, diagnostic framework
  • Using complex real time operating systems such as ThreadX to enable a multi-thread environment.
  • Working closely with ASIC, flash translation layer (FTL), host interface, peripherals, flash manager and CTO teams to integrate the core firmware components such as file system, diagnostic framework, firmware update, boot process into the product platform.
  • Mentor junior engineers and interns
  • Developing firmware tests to exercise core firmware components such as file system, diagnostic framework, firmware update, boot process on the SSD controller before and after integration into product platform.
  • Creating build scripts using CMake and Python to build firmware for the enterprise SSD controller architecture.
  • Testing firmware on HAPS (High-Performance ASIC Prototyping Systems) or in-house ASIC prototyping system emulating the SSD controller and exercising it on NAND and NOR flash memory by creating and/or executing system level tests using Python and in-house software tools
  • Create unit tests to demonstrate code quality
  • Providing guidance to test and/or Quality Assurance teams for system level product test execution.
  • Debugging core firmware infrastructure issues coming from test as well as internal and external customers on the HAPS or inhouse ASIC prototyping system as well as product form factor using the Lauterbach TRACE32 debugger or debugger(s) developed internally at Western Digital.
  • Designing and developing debug infrastructure for enabling quick diagnosis of failures in enterprise solid state drives.
  • Designing and developing applications to collect and analyze diagnostic data, debug logs and event data from enterprise solid state drives.
  • Designing and developing software tools using C/C++ for querying and examining the NAND and NOR flash memory in enterprise solid state drives.Required
    • BS and 12+ years of experience in Computer/Electronic/Electrical Engineering or Computer Science
    • Hands-on experience in firmware development in embedded multi-core microprocessor architectures
    • Solid understanding of analyzing complex firmware and identifying Controller/Hardware issues.
    • Strong programming experience and demonstrated proficiency in C/C++ for embedded systems
    • Familiarity with Software Development Programming Lifecycle
    • Ability to communicate effectively (written and verbal)QualificationsAdditional InformationBecause Western Digital thrives on the power of diversity and is committed to an inclusive environment where every individual can thrive through a sense of belonging, respect, and contribution, we are committed to giving every qualified applicant and employee an equal opportunity. Western Digital does not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on their protected class status and complies with all federal and state laws against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as the laws and regulations set forth in the "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law" poster.Part of creating a diverse and inclusive workplace includes ensuring that all qualified applicants and employees are provided equal consideration for any available opportunity. Western Digital is committed to offering opportunities to applicants with a disability. If you need a reasonable accommodation, email us at In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.Compensation & Benefits Details
      • An employee's pay position within the salary range may be based on several factors including but not limited to (1) relevant education; qualifications; certifications; and experience; (2) skills, ability, knowledge of the job; (3) performance, contribution and results; (4) geographic location; (5) shift; (6) internal and external equity; and (7) business and organizational needs.
      • The salary range is what we believe to be the range of possible compensation for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and this range is only applicable for jobs to be performed in Colorado or remote jobs that can be performed in Colorado. This range may be modified in the future.
      • You will also be eligible to participate in Western Digital's Short-Term Incentive (STI) Plan and to receive equity awards under our annual Long-Term Incentive (LTI) program, which consists of restricted stock units (RSUs), pursuant to the terms of these programs. RSU awards are also available to eligible new hires, subject to Western Digital's Standard Terms and Conditions for Restricted Stock Unit Awards.
      • We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid vacation time; paid sick leave; medical/dental/vision insurance; life, accident and disability insurance; tax-advantaged flexible spending and health savings accounts; employee assistance program; other voluntary benefit programs such as supplemental life and AD&D, legal plan, pet insurance, critical illness, accident and hospital indemnity; tuition reimbursement; transit; the Virgin Pulse Program; the Applause Program, employee stock purchase plan, and the Western Digital Savings 401(k) Plan.
      • Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, benefits, or any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company's sole discretion, consistent with the law.

Keywords: Western Digital, Milpitas , Technologist, Firmware Engineering, Engineering , Milpitas, California

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