HID, Firmware QA Engineer

Cupertino, CA
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Be part of the Input Device QA team, focused on testing firmware and ensuring ultra-high quality for Apple's next generation human interface devices. This includes technologies such as Multitouch, Heart-rate sensing, TouchID, 3D Touch, and other input device technologies across a variety of Apple's product line. Testing is focused on microcontroller based firmware interfaced with sensors and various other system components

You will be a motivated individual who independently follows up on bugs, collaborates with developers to resolve low-level issues and can understand and discuss technical problems with other QA engineers, development partners and program managers

Key Qualifications

  • Understanding microcontroller based embedded systems, including algorithms
  • Partnering with a development team to quickly understand an architecture, break it into functional parts, come up with a plan to test/validate, and identify and target weaknesses
  • Crafting creative ways to exercise embedded subsystems, communication protocols (SPI, I2C, etc) and high-level features of embedded devices
  • Devising and building test fixtures, building tools and authoring automated scripts
  • Executing manual and automated test plans on early prototypes, typically at the "grey box" level
  • Helping to craft quality from a very early stage, ushering the product from early prototype to production
  • Documentation of test cases and code used for test execution
  • Coming up with ideas for custom tools and methods to exercise firmware features
  • Tracking performance, reporting results to management, driving issues to closure
  • Partnering with Human Factors / User Study Group to validate the customer experience and learn about how humans use new input devices


- Have a real passion for quality, enjoy breaking things through creative testing
- Thrive in uncertain, early prototype stages of a project when not all features are working yet, and enjoy putting energy into identifying/classifying issues as a way to improve quality
- Strive to innovate and try new things, incorporating continuous improvement of testing methods

Education & Experience

BS or MS in CS/CPE/EE or related degrees

Additional Requirements

  • 2+ years experience with embedded systems, microcontrollers and sensors
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • - Experience writing and/or testing firmware, building embedded systems
  • - Knowledge of Mac systems and MacOS/iOS or UNIX variant
  • - Track record of shipping great consumer products
  • - Testing automation using Python or similar
  • - Use of hardware debugging tools - USB and Bluetooth CATC, protocol analyzer, logic analyzer, oscilloscope
  • - Familiarity with C/C++ or object-oriented programming
  • - Test tool development
  • - Continuous integration systems
  • - Algorithm analysis and validation

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