MICHAEL FAIRMAN

software designer ⊗ developer

San José, CA
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EXPERTISE
LANGUAGES

C/C++, asm, bash, perl, javascript

...and occasionally some ruby & rust...

SYSTEMS

Linux, Mac/iOS, RTOS

Docker, FreeRTOS, Mbed OS

PLATFORMS

ARM, x86, RISC-V, DSP, GPU, FPGA

STM, i.MX, ATmega, ADSP, Zynq

FRAMEWORKS

STL, CMSIS, OpenGL, JUCE, sqlite

BUILDS

make, buildroot

EDITOR

emacs-nox

EXPERIENCE

Principal
2019.01-PRESENT

Freelance product design / development.

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Principal Firmware Architect
2017.12-2019.01

Firmware for vehicle connectivity systems.

Created tools for automating vehicle network topology descriptions and routing functionality. Established system-software platform and development environment. Developed kernel drivers for CAN controllers, plus BSP/bringup work.

C++ • Linux • Buildroot • CAN • LIN


Senior Staff Software Engineer
2017.02-2017.12

Long-range radio communications for off-road vehicles.

Developed real-time LoRa® radio control firmware, host libraries and map-based user interface for tracking riders. Built tools for FCC certification testing and manufacturing.

C • C++ • FreeRTOS • Linux


Senior Staff Software Engineer
2009.12-2017.01

Infotainment for Model S, X and 3.

Created UI framework with dynamic view heirarchy, skinning, animations, touch gestures, OpenGL compositor and full simulation capabilities. Implemented numerous infotainment features using this framework and other system services.

Developed tools for CAN debugging/automation, log inspection, performance analysis, fleet scanning, manufacturing and assembly-line hardware tests, as well as vehicle drive-test suite used to qualify all cars leaving the factory.

Board-level bringup and Linux kernel BSPs for display/audio hardware platforms.

C++ • Qt • Linux • OpenGL • Perl • CAN • LIN


Principal Design Engineer
2009.05-2009.12

Graphical design tools for hybrid digital/analog chips.

Created heirarchy-connection editor UI wxWidgets app for Mac/Windows/Linux with logic-generation backend interface.

C++ • Perl • wxWidgets


2008.11-2009.05

Various website and firmware projects.

Built browser-based diagramming tool http://guitarmodder.com with vector component library and intelligent auto-routing, http://www.saturdoon.com featuring auto-scaling of content and layout for any window size, http://www.deerhavensoap.com WordPress e-commerce site.

PHP • CSS • WordPress • Javascript • Canvas


Member of Technical Staff
2008.02-2008.10

Motion/Voice Bluetooth Wearable

Created voice-prompt and motion-driven user interface for wearable bluetooth device under tight memory/CPU/power constraints. Implemented motion-processing and audio mixing/playback algorithms in assembly language on DSP coprocessor, and built HFP/HSP/SPP-operable applications in C on main processor. Board bringup and custom prototype fixtures for testing and demonstration purposes.

C/C++ • Ruby • Objective-C • BlueCore • Kalimba • Bluetooth


Principal Engineer
1999.06-2007.07

FPGA Tools

Created declarative GUI framework for SOPC Builder and Nios products, enabling module parameterization interfaces to be built without code.

Developed SignalTap embedded logic analyzer GUI and JTAG control features. Product was first of its kind to allow capture of arbitrary internal FPGA signals, revolutionizing the on-chip debug and verification process.

Built compute-farm infrastructure providing virtualized access to resources including CPUs, OSes, applications/tools, thin-client display terminals, and JTAG test nodes.

C++ • Java • Perl • Linux • Solaris

1990s

Software Engineer
1997-1999

Developed Pod-A-Lyzer(tm) handheld logic analyzer firmware and application software. User interface provided fast pan/zoom of captured waveforms and easy-to-use bussing/un-bussing and signal assignment facilities.

Developed packet capture/disassembly layer atop logic analyzer functionality for CAN-bus and several DSP/microcontroller families.

Developed Silicon Explorer(tm) II logic analyzer firmware and application for Actel devices.

Developed firmware and host control software for Altera MasterBlaster(tm) JTAG device. Company acquired by Altera Corporation in 1999.

C/C++ • 68HC11 • M-Core


Contract
1995-1996

"Secure Pocket Traveler" serial port security device. Wrote DSP firmware which performed public key exchange, X.509 authentication and line-rate DES encryption.

ADSP 21xx


Contract
1993-1994

"DADIO" multi-track digital hard disk recorder. Wrote firmware for system which included SCSI disk control, MIDI user interface, FIR filter coefficient calculations and code self-updates. Wrote DSP code for audio record/playback/EQ.

DSP56xx • ADSP21xx • HC11


Contract
1994

Wrote user interface for "Protron", a ProTools plug-in for producing spatial effects, e.g. 3-D sound. The interface allowed the user to drag sound-sources around a simulated model of a room with different sizes, shapes, and wall materials.


Royalties
1992-1994

Wrote "Kaboom Factory" sound editing and multi-track mixing software for Macintosh. Recognized as high-value, easy-to-use sound application by numerous Macintosh publications.


Royalties
1991-1995

"MagicScroll" teleprompting software for Macintosh and Windows. Wrote user interface and high-performance smooth scrolling teleprompter video output code for Truevision and Apple video cards.


Contract
1991-1992

Wrote system extension to allow Mac SE to draw to external video adapter as second screen. Wrote Mac II video card driver software.

1980s

Software Engineer
1987-1991

Worked on QuickDraw GX system software. Wrote bitmap drawing code, shape-hierarchy code, region operations, and matrix math routines. Also wrote graphics demos and games to exersize the platform.


Software Engineer
1985-1987

Wrote clones of MS-DOS utilities (mode, format, fdisk) and video drivers for PC emulation platform which ran on Victor 9000 hardware. Created several graphics demos and games for the Victor and early IBM PC platform.


1985-1988

Electrical Engineering major at CSU Fresno for three years; left early for a full-time position at Apple following several internships.

C, 8088, 680x0, Atari ST


1982-1985

Apple ][, TRS-80 Color Computer and Commodore Pet hacking in BASIC and assembly.

6809, 6502

EXPERIMENTS
tegimeki

Random other things

Including some music I've recorded. Various multi-track guitar/bass/keyboard thrashings and over-over dubbings.

Real Live, Spies and Such, Knotty Ideas

squid

Messing with three.js

A starfied-style animation using my some images my daughter drew on her skateboard.

monopticon

My really old image search app

Once the page loads, just press ENTER a few times, zoom with +/- or scroll wheel... etc.

2019.02