FPGA Firmware Developer (#604574)

Progeny Systems Corporation
March 16, 2023
Canonsburg, PA
Job Type


Progeny Systems seeks a mid-level electrical/computer engineer to develop, integrate, test, and support custom FPGA firmware within the Torpedo Systems Group (TSG). The TSG designs, develops, demonstrates, produces, assembles, tests and delivers torpedo SONAR arrays and electronic assemblies. The TSG team works with the Navy, internal production staff and the representatives from other companies to advance torpedo performance and lower production costs.

Duties and Responsibilities

Be part of a team comprised of design, system engineering, and electrical engineering to develop embedded systems. Duties include:

  • architect, design, and document FPGA firmware hierarchies, components, interfaces, and data flows
  • develop firmware in accordance with detailed designs descriptions
  • simulate and test firmware components in preparation for integration
  • define FPGA timing, pinout, and placement constraints
  • review synthesis and timing reports, address issues
  • integrate and test firmware on target hardware
  • identify necessary schematic updates and hardware reworks to support design
  • utilize FPGA tools and laboratory equipment for integration and debug
  • document failures, identify root causes, implement fixes, and verify changes
  • maintain configuration management documentation for the FPGA design

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Candidate must have:

  • experience implementing FPGA firmware including custom VHDL components containing state machines, synchronous/asynchronous logic, processes, and external interfaces
  • understanding of the underlying FPGA fabric the firmware utilizes
  • experience working across cross-clock boundaries
  • familiarity with Xilinx (AMD) and/or Altera (Intel) compiler, programming, and debug tools
  • experience reviewing schematics, parts lists, and re-work documentation
  • methodical problem-solving skills
  • motivation to independently research and resolve issues
  • strong written and oral communication skills

Candidates should have:

  • familiarity with floor planning and timing optimizations

Candidates with the following skills would be a plus:

  • working knowledge of standard network protocols (e.g., IPv4, UDP, TCP/IP)
  • implementing custom digital signal processing filters


  • BS in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or similar degree
  • 5+ years of engineering experience required

Security Clearance

This position requires the applicant to obtain and maintain a DoD Clearance.

Physical and Mental Requirements for all positions:

  • Prolonged stationary periods at a desk
  • General ability to operate computer and other productivity machinery such as calculator, copy machine, printer, etc.
  • Ability to lift and transport up to 15 pounds at times
  • Effectively communicate with others
  • Ability to stay focused and provide attention to detail.
  • Ability to think analytically and apply problem solving skills to scenarios throughout the course of the workday


If you need special assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please contact our recruiting department at hr@progeny.net or call 703.368.6107. We will make a determination on your request for reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.


To learn more about the Benefits offered by Progeny Systems, including a minimum $1,000 sign-on bonus for all new hires, please visit our website at http://www.progeny.net/careers.

About Progeny Systems

Progeny Systems is a high-tech business that provides premium systems, services, and products for the Department of Defense, government agencies and commercial clients. We are a technology leader in numerous areas including: technology insertion; acoustic sensors; signal processing; combat systems; torpedoes; cyber security; biometrics; knowledge management; undersea vehicles; open architecture; electromagnetic maneuver warfare; electronics packaging; and image/video processing/analysis.

Progeny System's ability to leverage flexibility, rapid turnaround, customer responsiveness, and encourage an environment for experimental research has been critical to our success in developing, producing and supporting numerous mission critical national defense systems.

Progeny has provided highly complex products/programs to the United States Government in collaboration with the following agencies, among others:

  • United States Navy
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Army
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)


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