浦卓科技开发的计算系统用于嵌入式应用程序，例如图像处理，运动控制和系统控制。 他们处理实时X射线的图像数据，并控制在我们的iPhone中生产芯片的光刻机的阶段。 数据处理的需求不断增长，并且越来越大的系统必须跟上市场需求。 尽管我们还提供单服务器应用程序，但我们的客户需要超过10,000个内核的多机架系统。 每天，我们都在努力解决各种挑战，以使这些系统轻松，高效和可靠地运行。
Most of my days start with a discussion with my colleague Luc on how to proceed with the project. Luc is working on one variant in the Zeus server series, whereas I’m working on another variant.
Currently we are in the testing phase of our projects. The servers for which I have done the mechanical design are now validated for electrical, functional and mechanical aspects. Using an electrodynamic shaker, we subject our server to various vibrations and shocks to find weaknesses, improve our design and to validate packaging of our product.
As the server is capable of producing 1500W of heat, cooling is a challenge. Bounded by constraints on accessibility and space, this is realized by having air cooling. But, creative design is required to get air flow at the right spot in the server. We validate our design by subjecting the system to high- and low temperatures in a climate chamber.
The server I’ve designed is not just a box around a printed circuit board. Customers want spare parts that they can swap while the product is operational. This requires the design to house removable fans, solid state drives and power supplies. Next to that, as the product is also sold to individual customers, the look and feel of the server has been given some attention as well.
Working at Prodrive Technologies comes with a lot of responsibility, but with the open and trustful atmosphere, I learn a lot and have lots of fun
Pros and cons
During my Electrical Engineering bachelor, I started working at Prodrive Technologies as a Software Engineer (everything is possible at Prodrive Technologies). After working on our own internally developed native iOS apps (Swift) for a while, I picked up full responsibility for these apps. Currently, I’m creating an automated build pipeline with one-click deployment. However, these are just side projects. My main activity is developing a fully automated test which is used to validate our own Zeus server platform (over 2000 Xeon cores in a single cabinet). Testing involves everything from inspecting the RAM configuration, validating internal voltage monitors to stress testing this beast! Because production, development and testing are done under the same roof, the collaboration is great. This allows us to quickly adapt to issues which arise in these different production phases.
In the afternoon, I sneak away for some lectures at the university and I try to be back for our (free) dinner. After dinner, I finish some more tasks, commit and push my code and go to the gym with Douwe.
The provided meals save a lot of time and together with the flexible working hours they currently allow me to combine a fulltime master with a part-time job. Even though I often arrive at 10:30, I still get taken seriously by my colleagues. Prodrive Technologies is the ultimate life-hack for students.
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Embedded software engineer profile
C/ c++用于低软件水平的dsp / mcu
实现控制回路和微控制器，如ARM (Cortex-M)或TI C2000等。
Pros and cons
In my current role I am involved in several projects at the same time, now 4 in total. These projects aren’t in the same phase, so I start everyday with prioritizing my work. After prioritizing the projects, my days consists meetings, engineering tasks and a lot of research. Most of the time I’m involved in a project if there is a question about high current low voltage, 200 A and 2 V for example.
These projects have a lead time between 9 and 24 months. I am involved from the first until the last day of the project. We start with setting up requirements with internal and external customers. After this work I start my research to see if there is a generic or a specific requirement. If it’s generic, I contact suppliers to see what they can do for me. If not, I start designing a completely new power supply. With the initial design, I contact my suppliers to see if they can help me with their components. Most of the time this contact is via the phone, but twice a year I arrange a meeting with them to ensure we are all on the same page.
After these designs are finished, we use our simulation programs (e.g. Matlab) to test the power supplies. If we pass the simulation, we start the validation in our factory. After finishing everything we helped a happy customer again and we will start producing.
I am involved from the first until the last day of the project
Electrical engineer profile
Pros and cons
You don’t just go to work, you feel responsible for your project
You decide when, where and how much you want to work
You like to think about manufacturability when designing
You don’t sit and wait, you have a hands-on mentality
- Perfect environment for people willing to take full responsibility in a project
- Unlimited growth opportunities and freedom in taking different roles in different projects
- Young and dynamic culture
- Unlimited personal budget for training courses, classes or studies
- We keep management positions to a minimum, so there is virtually no hierarchy
- We are open 24/7 and provide lunch, dinner and a company gym
- Create your future with your own personal development plan
- Tools and equipment such as an iPhone, iPad and laptop
- The flexibility to work wherever and how much you want
- Salary that grows with your performance
- Opportunity to become a shareholder and entrepreneur in the company
- Travel allowance based on the days you are actually at Prodrive
- Distribution of profits
- We’ll take a look at your application
- Aptitude test
- Employment conditions