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Embedded DSP Software Engineer, Audio

Department: Software

Location: Boston, Seattle

Req#: 5195

At Sonos we are passionate about building and delivering the finest HiFi audio experiences to our customers.  Our products stream all the music on earth, in every room, wirelessly, and you control it all from the palm of your hand.  It’s easy to use, but keeping things simple and bug free is hard work.

As an embedded DSP Software Engineer working as part of the hardware organization, you are a highly skilled embedded software engineer that thrives in new product development environment and being up close and personal with hardware. You will be working closely with our signal processing algorithm researchers to help refine, tune and optimize our audio and voice algorithms to execute efficiently and flawlessly on our embedded processor platforms. You will be responsible for helping to turn new ideas and technical innovations into products that continue to delight our customers and set the satisfaction bar higher. You will be a member of a team that is setting new standards for the audio industry and reshaping the way consumers engage with music. You will work independently as well as with a team of industry leading innovators in other engineering fields such as acoustics, mechanical, application software, hardware, and user experience. If you love music, solving challenging problems and doing things the right way every time, we would like to talk to you!
About You

More than a candidate that checks every box, we’re looking for people who are excited to work, learn, and grow at Sonos—no matter their background or how they identify. If that’s you, we hope you’ll apply for this role.

You want to be part of a team.

You come with new ideas and a unique point of view. You look forward to collaborating with a diverse team of individuals. You assume everyone’s best intentions, welcome a healthy debate, and embrace differing opinions. You eagerly seek and give help. Transparency tops your list of values, and you proactively contribute to a culture of respect and inclusion.

You enjoy a challenge.

Inquisitive and focused, you see every challenge as an opportunity. You’re ambitious and comfortable making mistakes because you learn from them and bounce back quickly. You would rather create the future than wait for it. You prioritize long-term value over short-term objectives.

You love to listen.

You approach every interaction with curiosity and a desire to understand. You want to make a positive impact in the world. You’re passionate about culture and know the power that music, film, podcasts, games, and stories have to bring people together.

What You’ll Do

  • Develop optimized and efficient implementations of DSP algorithms for audio and voice processing from MATLAB models and give direction and feedback to algorithm developers on how to best structure algorithms to efficiently map them to various DSP processor architectures. 

  • Understand the end-to-end signal processing pipeline and use the DSP blocks to build complete systems.  

  • Interface with other software teams to define the proper DSP building blocks and APIs and how best to partition and schedule the processing across cores in a multi-core SOC device.

  • Understanding where each and every processor cycle is being used so that the maximum amount of processor headroom is always available. 

  • Debug and isolate complex low-level problems where the lines between software and hardware may not always be clear. 

  • Contribute to a portfolio of reusable and maintainable DSP processing blocks that can support multiple concurrent product development programs.  

Skills You’ll Need
•  7-10 years of real-time algorithm development on embedded DSP processors
•  Expertise in high fidelity audio and voice processing applications. 
•  Fluent in C and C++ programming languages.
•   Expertise with TI, Analog Devices or Cadence Hifi based DSP devices
•  Possess a solid understanding of time domain and frequency domain processing fundamentals. 
•  Thorough understanding of CPU architectures (ARM, MIPS) and complex SOC device and how to partition processing across multi-core architectures. 
•  Demonstrated ability to design and develop portable and maintainable code that is processor architecture and OS agnostic.
•  Code optimization for speed and memory usage using efficient C, processor intrinsic functions and low level assembly code. 
•  Familiar with developing under embedded RTOSs (VxWorks, QNX Free-RTOS, ucOS) 
•  Experience with benchmarking algorithm performance on embedded systems using software and hardware techniques. 
•  Highly proficient in the use of common source code control and defect tracking systems. (Jira, Perforce, Git, ClearQuest, ClearCase)
•  Successful use of various hardware and software debugging techniques including JTAG debuggers and emulators.
•  Also very helpful if you’re an active musician, audiophile or have possibly developed DAW plugins and may have some recording experience.
More About Sonos

Sonos is a sound experience company. We pioneered multiroom wireless audio, made it sound amazing, and changed the way people listen, making it effortless for them to enjoy what they want, where they want, how they want.

Today we continue empowering listeners by developing new technologies, thoughtfully designing products, expanding our software platform, and crafting brilliant sound experiences while participating in a culture that values respect, transparency, collaboration, and ownership.

Together we’re working to positively impact the world and inspire everyone to listen better—because listening brings people together, builds understanding, drives change, and makes us happier.

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