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					1.         Broad Job Area: DSP (Digital Signal Processing) Applications
           Design

2.         Examples of Job Titles:

                Digital H.W. and S.W. Engineer
                Algorithm Designer
                Information and Communication Theory Specialist
                Scientist
                Applications Engineer
                Systems Design


3.         Job Description:

The Vision: Although the world is becoming wired up, it involves many different
national, international, regulatory and service provider bodies. Digital Signal
Processing Designers have to combine deep technological knowledge - modulation,
coding, algorithms with the statutory environment in which they have to operate. This
is a deep challenging engineering career for those who wish to specialise in one of the
fast moving technologies which underpin worldwide communications. Entry is
usually through one of the supporting domains, e.g. algorithm design then progressing
to increasing technical complexity and scope across the supporting techniques.

The Role: The DSP Applications Designer needs to follow the developments in
Standardisation bodies with respect to signal processing. He is involved in
requirement studies, simulations and performance analysis and participates in the
design and optimisation of algorithms for signal modulation, detection and channel
coding/decoding and implementation with signal processors and testing, SW
integration and maintenance.

The Lifestyle: The technical complexity of the work means a great deal of team
work is needed usually on an international and multi-site level within the company
and together with customers or competitors. It also involves participating in
international committees. This means the DSP Applications Designer is involved in
an active exchange of well-prepared information via modern communication tools
like e-mail, telephone and video conferencing. Team meetings are held regularly
which involve national and international travel. Due to the importance of algorithms
and their strong contribution to the overall system performance, highly innovative
work is done constantly.




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4.         Tasks associated with the Job:

                Being up-to-date with the technical development in this field, monitoring
                 the standardisation work with respect to algorithms and keeping close
                 contact with research in universities.
                Using simulation tools efficiently to check performance and the behaviour
                 of the signals.
                Generating requirements and specifications.
                Designing SW for signal processors and digital filters depending on the
                 application in Assembler or C.
                Coding the SW and implementing it.
                Preparing the system integration and making the testing.
                Delivering new inputs for the specification of new DSP cores.
                Using standard computing HW and SW development tools like
                 configuration management etc.

5.         Technology areas associated with the Job:

                Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
                Embedded systems
                Real-time applications
                Wireless communication technology
                System simulation technology

6.         Type and level of Skills:

           Behavioural Skills

                Analytical and Creative
                Attention to Detail
                Teamwork
                Communication
                Problem Solving
                Flexibility and Self Learning
                Commitment to Excellence
                Professional Attitude
                Planning and Organisation




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           Technical Skills
           Comprehensive understanding of the physical layer and specifications of
           communication systems. Understanding the nature of speech and audio signals
           and respective codes, systems and standards.

                Digital Design Skills
                System Design
                Hardware Knowledge
                Testing
                System Development Tools
                Applications Design Concepts
                Documentation


7.         Description of Career Path/ Future Opportunities:

The career path of the D.S.P. Applications Designer normally starts with the position
of a Specialist in a special domain, progressing through positions of increasing
technical responsibility such as Algorithm Designer, Signal Path Expert, Core
Architect and then Specialist on DSP System Level. With an increasing part of
organisational and administrative content it may develop towards Project/Team
Leader or Platform Manager. With a stronger focus towards customers a position of
Technical Support Manager is possible.

8.         The type of person this job would suit.

This job role will suit an individual with a technical and scientific orientation. An
ability to relate to customer requirements in the solution of complex problems is also
needed. A Bachelors degree (first cycle degree) is needed to start this job.




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