Internship as Hardware Engineer
EVS Broadcast Equipment

Internship as Hardware Engineer

  • Internship (From 4 to 6 months)
  • Liège (Belgium)
  • Published on July 17 2020

Founded in 1994, EVS revolutionized live sports broadcasting thanks to its innovative Live Slow Motion system relying on state-of-the-art technology. Headquartered in Liège, Belgium with about 20 offices, 500 employees and 5 development centers worldwide, EVS is a key player in the broadcast and media technology market. Its products and solutions are sold in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Thanks to its customer focus, EVS and its employees have developed a unique expertise in live production technology. Its live production tools, with ultra-high levels of reactivity, combined with its product range around the live video servers, offer a unique level of reliability and performance. These solutions allow producers and directors to transform live video flows into rich and emotional content for viewers across the world.

Scope & Description

The solutions developed by EVS are either based on standard industry equipment, either based on custom designs that are all engineered by EVS. EVS also created different control systems to pilot its products. The team in charge of “Hardware Development” is offering various internships or thesis for passionate and motivated students willing to contribute to such developments and experiment a professional experience.  These internships can be in the space of FPGA programming, Embedded Software development and low level software development.

Few suggestions of internships are listed here:

Suggestion 1 - Development of audio AAC encoding on ARM platform

  • Development on an ARM Processor based system at the core of the EVS video servers of dedicated and high-performing audio encoding functionality according to AAC compression
  • This work consists of
    • A study for the audio encoding scheme
    • An analysis of the existing system
    • The development of C / Assembler code for the encoding
    • Testing of the full system and documentation of its implementation

Suggestion 2 - Analysis and proof of concept of software control panels for some of the EVS products

  • Analysis of some existing work done to create a software control panel working along with the hardware control panels EVS developed.
  • This work consists of
    • An analysis of what is existing today
    • the testing of the current functionalities
    • The development of a C application proof of concept for one of the EVS products

Suggestion 3 - Use PTP4L on XHub-VIA

  • EVS developed a custom IP switcher (called XHub-VIA) dedicated to video routing. Various extra features have been also embedded to support our customers in their IP setups.
  • The PTP is a standard that defines a way to obtain synchronization of equipment over IP
  • The internship would consist of adding a new communication path in linuxptp (ptp4l) to gain access to XHub-VIA network packets (RX/TX). It consists of:
    • Creation of a PTP clock driver compatible with ptp4l API
    • Add glue logic to allows ptp4l to be used in as a Boundary Clock, Master Clock, Slave Clock.
    • Test the full system and document its implementation

Profile

  • Student in Bachelor or Master in Computer Science or in Electronics/Computer Science Engineering
  • Knowledge (or experience) in Assembler, C and/or C++ and object-oriented programming languages
  • For the FPGA design, knowledge in Verilog or VHDL and design tools
  • Knowledge of Linux based systems is an asset
  • Team player, pragmatic, open and quality minded
  • Curious, motivated and good communication skills
  • Good analytical and written skills
  • Fluent in French or English. Good written and verbal skills in English.

EVS Offers

  • A motivating and challenging internship in a highly experienced technical team
  • A modern and friendly working environment
  • An immersion into a young and dynamic company developing state-of-the-art technology
  • A concrete experience in the industry
  • A strong technical learning on hardware development that will be used concretely in the industry