Company:Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.

Job Area:Engineering Group, Engineering Group > Software Engineering

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General Summary

As an Engineer in the WLAN FIRMWARE Group, you will be designing, developing, unit testing, bug fixing and maintaining WLAN firmware that implements functional aspects of WLAN features on low memory foot print processors that will work in tandem with device drivers running on the host processors. The host driver and the firmware implement the WLAN drivers on the Qualcomm’s WLAN SoC platforms. You will be working on cutting edge WiFi technologies (IEEE 802.11 ac/ax and the latest 11be), solving challenging WiFi design, system software problems, performance and power issues and working with some of the leading WiFi ODMs & OEMs across the globe on their sometimes high pressure & tough timelines. Your work will lead into ensuring that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform is the best in power and performance while delivering world class low latency experiences as seen in use-cases such as XR glasses and Cloud Gaming.

It is desirable to have prior background in any wireless technology with exposure to embedded firmware development, including pre-silicon bring-up and working closely with Hardware team. However, candidates with strong programming background (C, C++) and with strong knowledge of real time operating system can also apply. Candidates with prior exposure to low power concepts and algorithms are highly encouraged to apply. Candidates with strong operating systems, system software experience in an embedded environment are encouraged to apply .

Required Skills/Experience

At least 2-6 years of relevant hands-on technical experience in WLAN firmware and/or Linux driver development with a record of strong individual technical achievement

• Strong programming skills in C

• Must have hands on working experience working on real-time embedded systems

• Must have hands on experience in solving complex system issues with good problem solving skills

• Experience in working on Firmware in small memory footprint processors is a BIG plus

• Hands on experience in Networking driver development, Ethernet and Wireless LAN driver development preferred

• Hands on knowledge and experience on IP Networking technologies is a plus

• Knowledge of Low power design and algorithms that optimize resource utilization around traffic models is a BIG plus

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to work within a diverse team is a mandatory requirement (Work ethic and attitude are as important as technical skills!)

• Experience in Wireless LAN protocols is a BIG plus

• Experience in operating systems, System software in an embedded environment is a plus.


Design, develop, unit test and documentation of Firmware for Wi-Fi SoCs that are part of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform.

Physical Requirements

• Frequently transports between offices, buildings, and campuses up to ½ mile.

• Frequently transports and installs equipment up to 5 lbs.

• Performs required tasks at various heights (e.g., standing or sitting).

• Monitors and utilizes computers and test equipment for more than 6 hours a day.

• Continuous communication which includes the comprehension of information with colleagues, customers, and vendors both in person and remotely.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelors – Computer Science, Bachelors – Engineering, Bachelors – Information Systems

Work Experiences:

2+ years of Software Engineering or related work experience



Preferred Qualifications


Masters – Engineering

Work Experiences:



Algorithms, Board Support Package, Data Plane, FPGA, WiFi Technology, Wireless Technologies

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