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Senior Staff Video Codec Design Engineer

San Jose, CA
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Job Title: Senior Staff Video Codec Design Engineer 155311

Primary Location United States-California-San Jose
Job: Software Engineering
Schedule: Full-time

Xilinx develops highly flexible and adaptive processing platforms that enable rapid innovation across a variety of technologies - from the endpoint to the edge to the cloud. Xilinx is the inventor of the FPGA, hardware programmable SoCs and the ACAP (Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform), designed to deliver the most dynamic processor technology in the industry and enable the adaptable, intelligent and connected world of the future in a multitude of markets including Data Center (Compute, Storage and Networking); Wireless/5G and Wired Communications; Automotive/ADAS; Emulation & Prototyping; Aerospace & Defense; Industrial Scientific & Medical, and others. Xilinx's core strengths simultaneously address major industry trends including the explosion of data, heterogeneous computing after Moore's Law, and the dawn of artificial intelligence (AI).

Our global team is growing and we are looking for bold, collaborative and creative people to help us lead the industry transformation to build an adaptable intelligent world. We believe that by embracing diverse ideas, striving for excellence in all that we do, and working together as a unified team, we can accomplish anything. Come do your best work and live your best life as part of the ONEXILINX team! 

Video is becoming a key workload in Datacenters. Existing architectures are performing sub-optimally for highly complex video workloads like h.264, HEVC and VP9 encoding. FPGAs are programmable, low power and offer significant acceleration capabilities.


Job Description:


The successful candidate will be part of the video R&D team developing video processing solutions, including next generation video encoding technologies. You will drive the algorithm design and implementation of the AV1 video encoder, optimizing encoder algorithms such as mode decision, motion estimation, rate control, etc., enhancing quality through machine learning, and work with hardware, software and integration teams to come up with compelling solutions for various Xilinx silicon platforms.


As a member of a creative, talented and motivated team, you will be a key contributor to the Video Datacenter Compute Acceleration portfolio.



  • Lead the design of the AV1 encoder architecture its functional models and data structures for efficient hardware and software implementation.
  • Develop the AV1 reference model, targeting real-time video encoding on Xilinx devices
  • Be responsible from concept to implementation of related algorithms like pre-processing, look-ahead, etc. for superior encoder performance while balancing complexity and implementation cost.
  • Expert in C level coding and debugging and optimizing software modules for performance improvement for Xilinx platforms.
  • Participation in development of reference designs that utilize key video IP blocks for datacenter applications
  • Participation in developing drivers and/or APIs for the encoder, aligned with the software architectural framework requirements and application frameworks like FFmpeg
  • Support the creation of test benches and hardware validation platforms to verify and validate the compliance of the eoncder to design requirements and Xilinx IP design standards
  • Create specification and support documentation



  • Proven background in digital image/video processing and video encoding technologies.
  • Hand's on experience in relevant multimedia compression standards such as HEVC, H.264, VP9, AV1 and/or their related extensions
  • Software development skills. Proficiency in C and/or C
  • Proven record of encoder algorithm development experience, preferably with evidence of high-quality research results through publications and/or granted patents.
  • Proven participation in encoder standardization bodies is a plus
  • Great analytical and debugging skills. Experience with code optimization for SIMD based VLIW architectures is a plus.
  • Experience with video visual quality assessment and improvement
  • Excellent communication skills (written, and verbal).
  • Track record of successful execution and delivery of complex projects
  • Must be a team player with good oral and written communication skills




  • PhD or MS in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science required.
  • 10 years of relevant industry experience; 5 years of experience in a management and technical leadership role.

Job Posting: May 7, 2018, 11:57:05 AM

Xilinx is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Applicants and employees are treated throughout the employment process without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender Identity or sexual orientation. The self-identification information requested is not gathered for employment decisions. It is used only for compliance with US Federal laws. Your responses are strictly voluntary, and any information provided will remain confidential. If you choose not to "self-identify", you will not be subject to any adverse treatment.


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