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Job ID: JR0013760
Job Category: Intern/Student
Primary Location: High Wycombe, UK
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Job Type: Intern

Student intern: Safety in FPGA-based motor control

Job Description

Intel FPGA (formerly Altera) is looking for an outstanding engineer who would like to do an internship of 3-12 months in the area of embedded control and functional safety. Intel FPGAs Field-programmable gate arrays are programmable logic chips that provide the ultimate flexibility in designing a processing chip, enabling a system-on-chip to be designed comprising I/O, parallel processing functions and traditional microprocessors. Intel FPGA has a motor control reference design, which is a kit including electric motors, power electronics, FPGA-based controller and all programming files. The reference design demonstrates how to use FPGAs for motor control and gives customers a starting point for creating their own FPGA-based designs. We also have expertise and analysis tools in the area of functional safety, which means quantifying and reducing the likelihood of faults that could lead to hazards danger to people. This is important in many applications including factory machinery and vehicles. The project would be to:

- analyze the level of functional safety predicted failure rate of the existing motor control reference design, using a Failure Mode, Effect and Diagnostics Analysis FMEDA tool

- add safety mechanisms to the design concept in the FMEDA tool, for example include existing diagnostic IP library functions or design new checking functions in the FPGA, to improve the predicted level of functional safety

- do the practical FPGA system design and demonstrate the improvement in the predicted failure rate, for example by injecting faults and showing how the faults are detected.

This project will help students learn about functional safety and the types of measures needed to reach functional safety levels suitable for applications like autonomous driving vehicles. The work will lead to demonstrations to other engineers and possibly to a new safe motor control reference design or published paper, depending on progress. Training in the motor control reference design, FMEDA tool and FPGA programming tools will be provided as necessary. The role is based in High Wycombe, 40 mins from central London and Oxford.

Key responsibilities:

- Develop ideas for next generation embedded control systems including functional safety.

- Identify benefits of FPGAs for these systems.

- Develop analyses and demonstrations.


The applicant is working towards an MEng or higher in Electrical Engineering or equivalent, with excellent results. Interest in FPGAs, embedded control systems and functional safety. Interest in system design in machines such as vehicles or robots. FPGA hardware design skills or willingness to learn Verilog or VHDL.

Inside this Business Group

The Programmable Solutions Group (PSG) was formed from the acquisition of Altera. As part of Intel, PSG will create market-leading programmable logic devices that deliver a wider range of capabilities than customers experience today. Combining Altera's industry-leading FPGA technology and customer support with Intel's world-class semiconductor manufacturing capabilities will enable customers to create the next generation of electronic systems with unmatched performance and power efficiency. PSG takes pride in creating an energetic and dynamic work environment that is driven by ingenuity and innovation. We believe the growth and success of our group is directly linked to the growth and satisfaction of our employees. That is why PSG is committed to a work environment that is flexible and collaborative, and allows our employees to reach their full potential.

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